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

Step Seven: Installing the grommets

Trace the placement of the grommets using your pattern or your grommet.  anti pickpocket bag

Open the hole with a pair of very sharp scissors or with the tool that came with your grommets.  Insert the male part from the outside of the bag.anti pickpocket bag Insert the male part from the outside of bag.anti pickpocket bag The legs should be showing on the facing side. anti pickpocket bag

Insert the female part and press down the legs with a flat screwdriver.

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Step Eight: Closing The Lining

Pull the lining out of the bag and align the edges as straight as you can, pin it Untitled design(209)Sew at 1/8″.Untitled design(210)

All that remains to do is the handles and for that, please refer to post our previous post on how to make twisted handles for bags.  Click on the image to go to the tutorial or watch the video.

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I hope you like this new anti-pickpocket bag and tutorial.  You'll find it useful if you need to travel or are just interested in keeping your stuff secure.

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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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?