Chris’s ‘Urban Pack’



It doesn’t matter if you call it a mini satchel, utility belt or urban pack; it’s still a fanny pack. Fanny packs are considered a little uncool these days, but I may have been persuaded otherwise. Chris wanted something to hold all of his junk (i.e. wallet, keys, phone, pocket knife) besides his pockets. He kept bugging me and bugging me about making him a fanny pack. He even got all the fabric and notions for the project.


I managed to avoid it for two weeks, but there was no way I could refuse to please the birthday boy during his birthday week. My initial lack of enthusiasm could have only been because of one of two things: either I didn’t feel like sewing, or I was mad that I hadn’t thought of the project first. For sure it was the latter of the two.


It only took me about an hour to sew it up. I kept it very simple. VERY. I just made one main zippered pocket and little external pockets on the back side of the pack. All it took was some webbing, canvas, lining material and a zipper to make Chris happy. He’s such an easy man to please. Chris found a blog devoted solely to fanny packs and THIS PACK is what I’d like to recreate for myself. Maybe I’ll make one for my birthday present to me.

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    1. Leigh says:

      ahhhh, so crazy, i’ve just been working on a post on fanny packs because my makeup guru friend (Brett Freedman of was desiring one. Maybe I’ll refer him to you :)!

    2. Erin says:

      bringing back the fanny pack. nice!

    3. Jill says:

      I love your husband’s sexy fanny pack face.

      Fanny packs ARE amazingly handy.

    4. deanna says:

      oh wow – I never thought I’d ever say I wanted a fanny pack until I clicked on the link of the one you want to make for yourself. It’s rad and I’d definitely rock something like that! The one you made for your hubs is awesome, too!

    5. AmberLee says:

      it’s so manly. and what, there’s a blog devoted to fanny packs!?

    6. Alison says:

      I really like the one you made. I think that maybe it’s because it’s so flat, and has such a clean profile? Most fanny packs are all weird and shapeless. Super cool!

    7. Rob Caldwell says:

      This is great! I thought fanny packs were dead a long time ago…I guess fashion does go in cycles. I do think that the one you made is a lot better that the old-school ones. I think it better because of how simple it is. It’s almost like a passport belt that you can hide under your shirt, etc. (Not that anyone would want to do that with the one you made!) Functional=very. Sexy=just look at the picture above!

    8. […] gave into her husband’s request and sewed him his own urban pack (a very manly version of the fanny […]

    9. CitricSugar says:

      And thus began the dawn of the satirically-intended fanny pack. Whilst being social commentary, the wearers also found them functional, adding yet another layer to the intricate fashion theory known as “geek chic”.

      Awesome on so many levels and just look at that face!!

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