#SewPINK Initiative 2022: A PINK Manhattan Zipper Case as a Waist Bag!

10/02/2022 08:49:00 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and once again our friends at byannie.com have asked us to join them on their blog hop to spread awareness and encourage you all to go for regular screenings. This is our third year joining in on the blog hop, and I think that if just one of you reading today is encouraged to do a screening or contribute to research, then this was a success. Are you due for a screening? 

I have a great pink project to share with you, and an opportunity to win a prize at the end of this, but first let me share with you the calendar of events over at byAnnie.com for this month. 

A PINK project to share. 

I've had a free pattern on the website for several years, The Mahattan Zipper Case, and while looking at which project to make for this blog hop I remembered when a friend of mine had made it with a waist band instead of a wrist strap. I thought this could be a great adaption for someone who may be undergoing treatment, or feeling unwell, as you can just take a few things along with you on your waist while you are going to clinics or just out walking.  Also, hip bags are back!

Turn a Wristlet into a Waist bag! 

First things first, you need to get the pattern. Download the pattern here!

The instructions in the pattern are for a wristlet version, but you can easily convert this bag into one for your hip. Bum bags or Fanny packs were so cringe worthy after the 80's, but somehow in 2022 they popular again. I don't know how this happened, but there is no end to how the world has changed after 2020. Maybe we have just learned to adapt and be practical. Let your hair go grey if you like, and wear a fanny pack if you want to. Do what you want! 

In the pattern instructions, you are to make 1 x 2" long strap tab to attach the wristlet to, and we are simply going to make 2!  So add a second D-ring to a second strap tab and add it to the front of the bag in the same spot as the other one, but on the other side.  

You can skip sewing a wrist strap, and instead make an adjustable strap just like how you make a shoulder strap with a strap slider for adjusting. 

For this, you will need 2 swivel snap hooks and a strap slider. Although I kept my strap anchors and d-rings at 1/2", for my strap I went up to a 3/4" width, so I used 3/4" hooks and a 3/4" wide mouth strap slider. Since I used faux leather for the strap, the wide mouth slider was perfect to accommodate the extra thickness of the strap. 

I first measured around my waist, and used that measurement for the strap length. It was more than enough, since the strap doesn't go all the way around your body.  

How to make an adjustable strap. 

After sewing the strap, to make the strap adjustable, you attach one end of it to the centre bar of the slider. Then thread on 1 swivel snap hook, and then thread the other end through the strap slider bars. Then you can add a hook onto the second end of the strap. 

I love using this bag when I travel, because I will use the 2 zipper pockets for my different currencies. Usually one for Canadian and one for US dollars. But I can see this bum bag version being very handy for dog walking and trips to the store as well. 

That project was too quick and easy!!

Thank you for reading and following along with my PINK project. If you make any of these, please be sure to tag us on your social media so we can see. Use the #sewpink tag, as well as #manhattanzippercase and #emmalinepatterns

During the rest of October 2022, we'd like to offer a chance for you to win 1 of TWO $50.00 gift cards to shop at emmalinebags.com. Join our giveaway below. Winners will be announced on Nov 1, 2022.

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Oct. 1 :ByAnnie.com Kick off

Oct. 3 : Emmaline Bags

Oct. 4: Hugs ‘N Kisses

Oct. 5: Clover and Violet

Oct. 6: Fat Quarter Shop and the Jolly Jabber

Oct. 7: Sewfinity

Oct. 10: Teresa Coates & Shannon Fabrics

Oct. 11:Beyond the Reef

Oct. 12: Sallie Tomato

Oct. 13: Suzn Quilts

Oct. 17: Snuggles Quilts

Oct. 20: Pat Sloan

Oct. 21: Knot and Thread Design

Oct.23: Sookie Sews 

Oct. 24: Mister Domestic

Oct. 26: A Bright Corner

Oct. 27: Sew Cute and Quirky

NOV. 1 : ByAnnie.com Final Wrap Up

The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.byannie.com/SewPink

To find screenings available near you: 

      Breast Screen (Australia)

      CDC.gov (US)

      Canadian Cancer Society

      WebMD (free screenings)

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $20,000.

ByAnnie.com will match every dollar raised on the #SewPINK fundraising page.

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