Anti Pickpocket Bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

Step Three: Making the Lining of Your Handbag.

Place one side facing right side up and the other on the top right side, leaving a gap of 6″ on the side.  This is important for a later step.  Zigzag the edges.anti pickpocket bag

We will gather the bottom edge.  The following is the proper technique to gather.

Make a row of large stitches (In my machine #4 is the largest) 1/4″ from the edge.  Stop at the side seam.  Make another 1/4″ above that.

Pull the top threads and gather.  Each side should measure 13  1/2″ in lengthanti pickpocket bag

Turn the lining wrong side out and match the side seams of the lining to the bottom lining piece.  Follow the pattern for the correct placement of the center.anti pickpocket bag Sew at 5/8″ and then make another row of stitches 1/4″ from the seam.  Cut the seam allowance and zigzag.anti pickpocket baganti pickpocket bag

Step Four: Attaching The Zipper to the Facing

Fold and iron the edge of the facing at 5/8″.anti pickpocket bag

Place the zipper and pin the facing on both sides, about 1/8″ from the teeth of the zipper.  The zipper is longer than the facing and this is what we need for this technique.

anti pickpocket bagLeave 5/8″ at the beginning and at the end of the facing without sewing.  Make sure both sides are the same. anti pickpocket bag

Bend the zipper down to expose the facing.  Pin the facing and sew at 5/8″.  The pins are showing where to sew.  Do the other side.  Open the seams. anti pickpocket bag Do the other side.  You will notice the facing will have a tendency to curve.  This is expected and needed for the design.  Open the seams of the facing. anti pickpocket bag

Pin the lining to the facing, the right side of lining to the wrong side of the fabric. You know you have done it well when you open the zipper and you see in the inside right side of the lining with the pockets.  Before you proceed make sure you have the sides of the lining and the facing open.

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244 Responses to Anti Pickpocket Bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

  1. Cynthia A Burns says:

    I was wanting to know, how difficult would it be to lengthen the handles to make this a cross-body bag? I DO NOT trust over-the-shoulder bags.

  2. Sarah says:

    I just finished sewing this bag and it came out great BUT I can’t find the grommets like you used and the plastic ones from Joann’s don’t seem to work with the thickness. When I click the link for the grommets I get a message that says “unable to connect as there are too many redirects. I don’t know what that means but I can’t get to site to purchase….Please Help!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sarah, you must have a window blocker because I tested the link and it is working fine.

      • Sarah says:

        The link finally worked and took me to Amazon but the grommets there are not the same as the ones you had, require a tool to install and I assume are not removable and reusable. Are these the grommets you are suggesting we use?

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          HI Sarah i do have a Kam tool, and all the fittings for many sizes of grommets. If you are going to make bags I suggest to use this type of grommets, the removable ones are much more expensive and hard to find.

    • Cynthia A Burns says:

      Have you tried Hobby Lobby?

  3. Danielle S says:

    That bag is lovely and so clever. Makes me realize I really do need something to keep my information safe. Unfortunately there is no way I would ever be able to make one. Definitely not anywhere near that level. Thank you for the wonderful idea though.

  4. Marla says:

    This bag is very pretty. I think you have incorporated features to make it anti-pickpocket. My cousin had a bag similar in style and the thieves used a blade to slit open the bottom and empty her bag while she rode the bus. Needless to say, this is not a good experience. Maybe your bag will be better at keeping them away.

What do you think?