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

Step Five: Making The Main Body Of Your Fabric Handbag

Sew the fleece onto the main fabric.  I am sewing diagonal lines, not so creative, I know.  My print is fantastic and I don't want to add any more to it.

Sew the sides of the bag at 5/8 (bottom picture).  Sew two rows of very large stitches to gather the bottom just like you did with the lining.  Stop at the side seams on both sides.

anti pickpocket bagMatch the side centers with the side seams of the bag, then gather as needed. Sew at 5/8″ twice to make it strong.  Trim the seam allowance by half and zigzag.

anti pickpocket bagStep Six: Attaching The Lining To The Main Body

Stand the main body of the handbag wrong side out and insert the lining right side in.  It means you have the right sides together. Stitch the top edge at 1/4.  All the seams should be open to reduce bulk. anti pickpocket bagSnip the seam allowance every 1/2″.anti pickpocket bag

Using the 6″ gap you previously left in your lining turn the bag the right way out.  anti pickpocket bagThe first thing you will notice is the zipper.  Align the metals ends together and sew where the seams end across the zipper and cut the excess.  Do the same on the other side.anti pickpocket baganti pickpocket bag

The other side of the zipper will look like this.

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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?