Fanny Pack Pattern Using Garment Designer

Patterning With Garment Designer: Fanny Pack

Hello Fellow Crafters!

My latest Garment Designer project (if you couldn’t tell from the title) is a fanny pack!

To me convenience never goes out of style and I will always love fanny packs. I can remember my first neon green fanny pack my mother bestowed upon me in the 90’s for airport travel…*sigh*

Isn’t carrying around a purse SO heavy and just always getting in the way swinging around willy nilly from your shoulder?! Why not try making a fanny pack? 😉

I needed to make a quick pattern and I wanted it to be big enough to fit cash/cards and a phone so I used my dress form to gauge how wide and tall it would be.

I also wanted it to match a western jean jumpsuit I had previously made out of the same fabric, so I made it V-Shaped and added piping to the bottom (still wishing it was fringe!)

The pattern is relatively simple with 1) outer portion of the pouch 1) back piece and 1) top piece (semi circular piece).

I made sure to interface everything and I am still wondering whether a cute lining was in order… but I was on a time-limit and a mission!

If you ever want to test your Garment Designer skills, making a shape from a style set is challenging but fun!

I went through the different skirts and tops to try to find a style I could make my fanny pack pattern shapes from easiest and the winner was the flared skirt pattern.

I chose this style since every point had a bezier curve I could use.

I had the front of the skirt pieces displayed as joined (mac keyboard shortcut: click inside the pattern to highlight all and type ‘j’) and the back skirt displayed as independent (click inside the pattern to highlight all and type ‘i’).

This way I could have all my pattern pieces displayed at once. The top of the pouch being the front of the skirt and the back and front of pouch being ‘cut on fold’ as the back pieces.

To do this I turned front/back symmetry off (mac keyboard shortcut cmd+6 to pull up symmetry options)

I made the top of my pouch pattern first by manipulating the points to my predetermined measurements.

Then I drafted the very back of my fanny pack pattern. Mind you I still had left/right symmetry on so they were symmetrical…but I forgot to take a picture, sorry!

Next I knew I had to match the front pouch pattern top to the measurements of the curved part of the top of the pouch (highlighted in pink below) but I needed to keep the seams highlighted in red the same measurement as much as I could.

Which is why I stretched the outermost point of my front pouch piece outwards first to match the semicircular top pouch piece (pink). Then adjusted the same point downwards and adjusted the curves to match the measurement of my back pouch pattern piece again (red).

Also, to do this without effecting the back piece, I needed to turn left/right symmetry off by just disabling symmetry altogether… Did you know you can do this by just clicking on the green ‘S’ at the bottom left of your window? See how it is not highlighted anymore? You can also double click it to bring up your symmetry options 😀and that was that! I made my adjustments and my pattern was complete.

The pattern has a 3/8 seam allowance, so I had to take off 1/2 to insert my exposed zipper onto my front pouch piece.

I sewed this to the top of the pouch, then the back piece(which I had already added piping to) to both sewn pieces and turned.

Then I added a couple 00 grommets, made a waist strap to attach to my hardware and it was complete!






Hands free is the way to be! I was happy to have a fanny pack instead of carrying around a purse, especially in a crowded venue.

If you are wondering where I learned the shortcuts I used for this project, take a gander into your Garment Designer folder. It will be within the Help Sheets folder and saves you so much time while working on a project. This is what that folder would look like on a Mac:

Just pick one or two shortcuts to focus on during a project and soon you will learn all your favorites!

I’ve included my fanny pack pattern in an 8.5 x 11 .pdf file below, enjoy!

Western Fanny Pack

Garment Designer File:

Fanny Pack.gds


Anything but Goring: Using the Gored Skirt Style in Garment Designer

All the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining outside in sunny San Diego today and I cannot seem to stop wearing winter colors. Time to put a spring in my step and make something bright and summery!

After I snooped around on Fashion Snoops (as one does) I came across just the right inspiration: Vermillion Sands…

Fashion Snoops is a fashion trend forecasting service that provided oodles of inspiration for creatives.

‘The retro-fantastic look captures optimism and an air of cool prep. Jacquards, punchy petals and stylized shapes leverage a lively color palette, while midi silhouettes speak to a retro flavor. This postcard from paradise is comes at a perfect time, offering bright nostalgia before the political and cultural moment we’re in.’

I obviously couldn’t pass up the color pallette. I usually wear bland colors day-to-day so when I make something myself, I want it to be bright!

Skirts are always easy and breezy with Garment Designer so I’m choosing to follow some forecasted trend details for Spring Summer 2018 and make my own take on a pleated skirt.

Now I have a pretty hefty amount of bright colors to choose from in my fabric stash, because I love to buy them for all those projects I don’t get around to making…sigh

I have striped bright yellow organza that was given to me by a friend and a couple remnants from past projects. Since I cant choose which one to be the underlay…why not just do both!?

First I’m going to pattern the overlay which I plan on pleating. I want to do the overlay first so that once I make the pattern I can measure the hem length and see how full my gores need to be for the underlay.

When I go to Garment Designer I decide to use a shape instead of skirt option…why? Because I’m basically just gathering a rectangle for the skirt so I can keep my stripes perpendicular to the floor without any of that chevroning at the side seams business.

I have a lot of the yellow fabric so I decided I’m going to gather or pleat it at a 3:1 ratio to make it full.

I take my waist and multiply it by 3 to get 81″ for the width. I want my skirt length to be 28″ from my waist with a 1″ hem.

Width= 81″+.75″ (seam allowance)= 81.75″

Length= 28″+1″+ 3/8 (waist seam allowance) = 29.375″

Simple enough… l’ll be cutting this on the fold.

I’m not going to worry about printing this out since I can just cut a rectangle without a pattern but I want to save it for future reference so I know the measurements I used for this skirt.

Now that i know my hem length is going to be 81″ finished I’m going to start a gored skirt pattern…

I set my bottom length to 27 (Options > Bottom Length)

I start fitting my waist by measuring what it is currently by selecting the waist points and multiplying by 8

3.66 x 8 = 29.28

So I have some adjusting to do… I want the gored waistline piece to be 3.375 (27/8) total.

I’m going to do this by selecting the outer waistline points and nudging them in with my keyboard arrows equally from both sides until I get close enough to 3.375.

I like to zoom in when I’m making small nudges so that Garment Designer will make the nudges in smaller increments

Now I’m going to make the hemline add up to 81″ total

81″/8= 10.125

Now my Information and Recommendations is giving me a warning (lower right part of screen, see Appendix E in the manual) but I’m going to ignore it since I still have some things to adjust which should fix the angles that are off.

I kept the angles from the top two waist line points and just adjusted the bezier curves coming from the hip points to smooth out the seam lines and it fixed my error message.

Now to adjust the hem I just took the center point and nudged it down until I could see that my side seam angles were closer to 90 degrees. I do this so that when I sew the seams together they don’t make a point.

By doing this I made a ‘point’ down the center, but I just know that when I cut this out I’m going to make sure I make it a rounded hem (see below).


I made the mistake of not exploring all of my option on Garment Designer *sigh*

I had left my ‘Skirt Style’ option at the default setting ‘fitted’ when there was a ‘fit and flare’ option that could have saved me time! Lesson learned…look through all the dropdown menus and exlpore all your options before starting a pattern!

*end of update*

Then I add my 1″ Hem (Additions> Add hem or Cmd+H on mac)

…the I add my seam allowances to everything but my hem (Additions> Custom Seam Allowance 3/8″) and get ready to print.

These are just my preferences for printing…

I turn my grid on (Display > Show Grid)

Turn off my dimensions ((Display > Show Dimensions or Cmd+U on mac)

Show only the pattern (Display > Show Pattern)

Display my final pattern (Display > Final Pattern or Cmd+7 on mac)

Scale it to actual size (Display > Scale to> Actual size or Cmd+1 on mac)

Then I can hide my overlay shape by selecting the rectangle and hitting ‘H’ for hide

and view my print preview to see if I am wasting any paper (Display > Print Preview)

I like to change my Page Setup between landscape and portrait at this point to see which one will be more efficient and in this case it is portrait. I will only print out pages 1-4 and 5-7.

After printing my pattern out I like to use a glue stick to put the pieces together. Once again this is just my personal preference…

Then I like to mount it to manilla pattern paper so that I can cut out my notches and trace it onto my fabric. 

Side note: I also tried using my new elastic serger foot to serge on some horsehair braid onto the hem of the skirt, which kept it at a consistent tension with less fuss. Needless to say I will be using this foot on future projects now that I know how simple it is!

I also think I could have gathered the skirt a bit more….maybe at a 4:1 ratio if I wanted it to be fuller as the fabric was pretty thin and gathered easily.

Now I know I won’t have a top in my wardrobe to match this skirt so back onto Garment Designer I go….

I want my top to be off the shoulder and full of ruffles so the “straps” of the pattern I’m just going to ignore when I go to sew.

After I printed out the 1st pattern I made a quick sample out of spare fabric then fit it to my body. I then edited my pattern on Garment Designer to save the adjustments and printed out the second pattern which I used for the top.

and after a bit of sewing…the tutti frutti fruits of my labor!

Thank you for reading about my project. We love to see what our users create using our software so please feel free to email us any of your Garment Designer projects at!

Cochenille Design Studio Stitch Painter is all Uni-d


For my heart design project I wanted to make a cross stitch pattern using Stitch Painter. I chose something that makes my heart happy which would be…Unicorns! I found my prized pony in the land of Fantasia.

Then I made a vector using Adobe Illustrator and saved it as a PNG file. I wanted to use an 8″ loom to frame my cross stitch so I made an 8″ x 8″ box and centered and enlarged my image to the size I wanted.

Then I hit Ctrl + C and copied it into my clipboard.

I’m using 16 count Aida cloth so…

8″ x 16″ = 128

8″ x 16″ = 128

On Stitch Painter I set my document size as 128 x 128 and used an 8×8 grid.

I have the Full Color Import plug-in so I just selected the entire 128 x 128 grid using my Marquee tool and hit Ctrl + V to paste my PNG into Stitch painter.

I clicked and held the image to use the FCI plugin which resulted with this:

My palette had more colors than I wanted to work with so I started whittling down my colors.

I started combing the different swatches by clicking on colors in the Palette panel, and then pressing the ʻfʼ key (f for find) on the keyboard to see where they were and then

To see where a color swatch is used in the document, I clicked on the color in the Palette panel and then pressed the ʻfʼ key which would highlight them.

I combined the colors that were near each other in the document by clicking on the first color, then pressing and holding down the Command Key (Right Mouse button on Win).

I changed a few colors and then used the Clean Up Palette option from the Plug-ins menu.

To see how often I used a color I generated a key from the Plugins menu.

I added a blue major grid line by clicking on a blue color then selecting major grid from the Palette menu.

and now I have my pattern! I can print this off with my stitches and rows numbered on the printout by pressing the Opt key (or Alt key for Windows) when I select the print command in the File menu.

Happy hearts create happy art! Good luck with your own design challenge and be sure to share it with us by emailing us at

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