Easy-Sew Hobo Bag - SewLong Summer

Today, I'd like to present you a new star of the house: a comfortable hobo bag, an easy-sew shoulder bag I've made for me. A bag that holds my shoulder effortlessly and can take all the necessary everyday items, but can also comfortably fit a water bottle and, say, a few snacks for the kids (and mom!). A perfect fit for everyday essentials. Want to have a look? 


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A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.




I got this cutest metal weave pendant along with a beautiful ring as a present on a hot summer day from a dear friend. The pendant reminds me of the sun and the summer, my favorite time of the year.

And it felt just perfect to sew something around these colors to say goodbye to the wonderful summertime. And it felt a perfect opportunity to finally sew something for me ;)

A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.


I decided to make something I'm not used to. Out of my comfort zone. I used BLACK fabric. Black. Seriously? Yes. If you look around my blog, you'll see I can't stop myself from the wildly colorful fabrics. What I sew usually turns itself into something with a crazy amount of bold colors, especially my favorite, apple green. No wonder I always keep running out of green and blue sewing thread. Do you too? ;)

Say, a comfortable shoulder bag for a leisurely Sunday stroll in the city centre. So hobo bag it was!


A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.


Now where were we? Oh, fabric choice: I used a sturdy BLACK cotton blend I've had for ages. Compared to the (usually) crazy colorful sewing projects (like these easy-peasy felt coasters!), it looked like a good choice for an accessory that would go with any color.

Pattern? I had none at hand, but I still remember the cute shoulder bag I had brought home from Berlin. It was ages ago and I no longer have that bag, but it is insanely easy to just cut into the folded fabric and play along if you've got a feeling of how your bag should look like. Ok, and you also need a bit of a hit-and-miss sewing project history ;)

So, I can't direct you to a pattern, sorry! But I just might make a printable PDF template pattern for this very bag some day and make it available to my subscribers. If someone would need it. (Anyone?) Till then, check out my other free templates/patterns, such as bunting banner template that goes with the free bunting banner tutorial or - this is the latest hit: my Earwarmer Headband Tutorial. Readers also love my bandana bib pattern. Feel free to browse, there are many more. ;)


A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.


Back to the bag - to avoid it being too serious, I added a large playful ribbon horizontally, all around the bag body, just above the bottom edge. And I also used the same ribbon for closing - so I'm able to make a whimsical oversize bow, just for fun!



A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.


One thing more: this hobo bag is at least partly an upcycle project. How come? See the ribbon? It was a belt taken from a never worn mens' housecoat. I didn't even need to cut/hem/finish the pieces before sewing. Fun and easy! 


EASY-SEW TIP: 

When adding ribbons to your bags, make sure the ribbon has all the sides already hemmed and finished. It's way easier to sew it on!


A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.

FEATURES:

The bag is fully lined, off course. I used the same black cotton blend for the interior.

The hobo bag is open at the top, it closes with two wide ribbons. The ribbon is wide enough to form a barrier preventing anything falling out (works surprisingly well, I didn't expect that!)

What I totally forgot to add were inner zipper pockets. I need them! What was I thinking! Next time I will be making this bag, it will have zippered pockets. And open pockets. Lots of them! Until then, I'll be carrying my favorite polka dot zippered pouch in the bag, to keep all tiny items nicely packed in one place...
A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.

One excellent feature though: I can easily throw it in the washing machine. No worries. And this can be a decisive factor with two little kids in the house.

MY FINAL VERDICT:
I've already started carrying it around, and I can tell you I love love love my new hobo bag! It's practical, the generous shoulder strap sits comfortably on the shoulder, and despite the lack of separate pockets, it will house all I need for a short trip to the city centre, without making a mess. Water-bottle and snacks included!


A comfortable DIY hobo bag to make. It's an easy-sew shoulder bag for beginners. And a perfect fit as an everyday carryal bag.






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16 comments:

  1. I like the way On the Cutting Floor puts a twist in their clothing designs. All the designs are interesting but wearable pieces.

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  2. Yes! Love the Fiona dress and Addison skirt has been on my list for a while. Need to give it a try too!

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  3. I love an easy hobo bag! Maybe since I sew so much black I should make a colorful one!

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    1. Essence, maybe you should ;) thanks for dropping by!

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  4. Love the hobo bag. PDF please!

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    1. vicky hi,

      that might really happen. See one of my comments below. ;)

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  5. Awesome post. I am looking forward to making one for myself so yes I would love the pattern when you make it available!

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    1. Hi, margaret,

      I think I'll put that pattern on my to-do list. Stay tuned!

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  6. I love the knoted like a men's tie look. Very playful and unique!

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  7. Love love that hobo bag. The ribbon is a big plus.

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    1. Nancy,

      isn't it! I think so too, the huge ribbon just changed a totally ordinary bag into something I really like to carry around :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. It looks great fun, and the ribbon definitely looks better on your bag than it would on a men's house coat

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  9. I love the hobo bag. I was so disappointed that there wasn't a pattern for it. I'm waiting and hoping that there will be one soon.

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    1. Sandi,

      I'm so sorry you were disappointed. But as you see, several other readers are asking too, if they could get a PDF. Now with your comment, I've made up my mind - now I'm putting that bag on my to-do list for patterns. It just might take a bit of time since I'm already working on a few other sewing patterns to post here on the blog, and the days just haven't got enough hours lately :)

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  10. What a great make and a good idea to sew a bag for The Sew Long Summer Blog Tour. Recycling is always rewarding thing to do.

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    1. Sonja,

      totally agree, and thanks! Have a great day,

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