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Costume Fan Holder and Hip Pouch Tutorial

Whether you’re going to the renaissance faire, comicon, a Victorian street festival, or need to spruce up a Halloween costume, these DIY hip pouches and fan holder are cute, useful, and easy to make!

The first weekend of every December, there is a Victorian Christmas festival held in our local historical district called “Dickens on the Strand.” Since most of my state was frontier land until after WWI, the rare Victorian architecture is celebrated and historical societies work hard to preserve it. 

This festival celebrates the time of Charles Dickens as both a fundraiser, and a way to keep people interested in history. Festival attendees dress up, there are street vendors, bagpipe bands, parades, and plenty of historical impersonators. 

“The Queen” whom I’m assuming is probably the historical society’s president, always has her guards following her, she rides a lovely carriage in both the Queen’s parade and the lamplight night parade.

My oldest son even got to meet her!

She was walking the streets after the parade, and he pointed to her (a big deal for him, he’s very shy and still doesn’t talk much). She glided over, and talked to him, posed for pictures, and gave him a real tuppence! It was very special!

We’ve gone every year since I was in middle school, and this year we decided to join the ranks of costumed attendees (half-price tickets for costumes is also a good incentive)! We decided to make ours more steampunk style (for those who don’t know, steampunk is a futuristic style from the Victorian era a la HG Wells or Jules Vern imaginings where technology is steam-based instead of electrically based).

Steampunk involves a lot of gears, antique brass, and more relaxation on the modesty aspects of Victorian clothing. Think high collars with short sleeves or long skirts bustled in the front to allow a woman movement enough to work on an engine or fight a sea monster.

A utility belt is also something fairly standard for these costumes, which also makes it easier being a mom at an outdoor festival!
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I knew I wanted an easy way to carry my lace fan, phone, lipstick, etc, so I sewed up a couple of pouches to hang from a cinched belt. For the fabric, I used something that looks like suede, but sews like a more cotton-y fabric with some stretch. Technically it's called "stretch faux suede" (you can find it by clicking here, in all kinds of colors).

For the handle, I used some lace ribbon, but you could also use a strip of the same fabric, just don’t use a satin ribbon, it will fray and fall off your pouch.

Lay out your fan or other object you need to carry in your pouch. Cut around your object with at least an inch of spare seam allowance. Cut a second mirrored shape (if you’re making a rectangular pouch, you can make one long piece and fold it, but the fan shape will need two separate pieces).

Fold the edge of what will be the opening of your pouch inward and pin. Sew along the pins on both pieces of fabric. I use this simple Singer sewing machine in my tutorials that aren’t hand sewn, but you could certainly hand sew these with a back stitch, it will just take longer.

Once those edges are finished, pin your fabric pieces, right sides together. Add your handle between the pieces and pin into place.
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Sew along these edges and turn it right side out. My handle ribbon was sticking out of the finished seam a bit, so I trimmed the worst of it, but left some to give it more of a raw edge (steampunk is an imperfect aesthetic, so I didn’t mind).
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Seriously the easiest project ever! Having these on my belt made my phone and modern accessories accessible, while also hiding them to make them part of my costume!

I made the skirt in these photos as well, so if you’d like a tutorial on that, leave a comment below!



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