A Review of the Bum Bag PDF Pattern by Rebecca Page.
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... roomy and adjustable for comfort, featuring a large, asymmetric compartment with an external zip, designed to be worn around the hips, or slung cross-body ...
The Bum Bag comes in two sizes, small (7.75" x 6.75") and large (9.5" x 8.25"). I chose to make the small and its still quite roomy - I will definitely be able to fit in my phone, keys, glasses and purse.
Recommended fabric is a sturdy woven such as cotton, denim or upholstery fabric. I had some left over cotton in my stash which I suspected wasn't thick enough but wanted to use anyway because I like the colour and pattern. All the pieces are interfaced and actually the finished Bum Bag isn't flimsy at all - I think if I had used something much thicker I would have had difficulty sewing through all the layers in the final steps of construction.
You also require a 12" zip (or 14" for the large size) - fortunately I had a long enough zip that I had taken out of The Teenager's school rucksack that he was going to throw away. I always strip old bags of their hardware before throwing them out - its also worth taking a look at bags in the charity shops for their zips and hardware too. To make the strap adjustable you need a buckle and slider - I'd picked up a large dog collar for a €1 a while ago which included these pieces - bargain!
The instructions are very clear for this Bum Bag and there's plenty of information to help with printing. This pattern is designed to be beginner friendly and I have to agree that you could probably manage this with little sewing experience. There is, however, a 'quick-glance cheat sheet' which is one page of instructions without photographs for those who are more intermediate / advanced level.
The Bum Bag came together pretty easily and quickly - I even managed to make the whole thing without doing any unpicking! The most fiddly part was sewing the back pieces to the front but you just need to pin plenty and take your time. Its worth making sure that your side pieces and straps are out of the way of your side seams at this point.
You are instructed to leave an opening in the sewing of the back pieces to allow you to turn the pieces right side out. You are then instructed to topstitch along the top edge of the outside to close this gap (step 5.7). At this point I wasn't sure if they intended you to sew on the main front or the lining front so I just hand stitched the opening closed. This worked out really well and gave a very neat finish with no visible stitching.
You have the option of making a fabric strap or using webbing. I didn't think my fabric would make a substantial enough strap and I don't have heavy interfacing so I used black webbing. You are instructed to cut two 25" lengths for your strap. You have to sew it in place before you can really measure what size would be best but once I got to the stage where I could try on the Bum Bag and add the buckle and slider I had to cut one side quite a bit shorter - I was a bit disappointed that I'd wasted quite a bit of webbing. You need to make the sizing flexible enough so that you can wear it around your waist, hips or across your shoulders - to give more range I added another slider to the second strap.
Final Thoughts: I'm very happy with my Rebecca Page Bum Bag - its a great practical size and I love the option of wearing it cross-body.