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Hobo - BO373

The Hobo is a soft, slouchy shoulder bag for everyday use. Vary the fabrics, straps and embellishments to make a variety of designs.

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With this pattern YOU WILL LEARN

How to make a zip closure for the bag*.

  • A variety of internal pockets (a mobile phone pocket*, a compartment pocket and a zipped pocket)
  • How to make a crisp, curved edge at the top of a bag with a professional finish.
  • How to make a button loop closure
  • How to vary the straps by adding rings or changing the length and width.
  • How to sew a curved facing to a curved lining
  • LOADS of tips for making well-finished bags EASY!

*The zip closure and mobile phone pocket require intermediate sewing skills, but the rest of the bag is BASIC level. (If you're not sure, keep it simple for the first bag, and then MOVE ON to the zip....! YOU CAN DO IT!)

Bag Size 20cm x 30cm x 10cm.
Strap length and design is variable.



Design Variations


Embroidered, seqinned
corduroy print Hobo
with a feature vintage button. No adjustments
were made to the pattern for the strap.

 Camouflage Print
canvas Hobo with Medium-Large O-rings

 Japanese Polished Cotton
print Hobo with Large
O-rings and a magnetic snap closure

PVC "Osterich" Hobo with the strap softly gathered into Medium-Large O-rings

Soft, silky satin Hobo
with a zip closure.

Reproduction bark cloth
Hobo with button loop
detail and double o-ring detail.


**Please note: Design Variations refers to ways to alter the straps, flaps and bag body. Patterns do not include instructions for the applique', embroidery or other embellishments on the bags displayed on these pages.

Need extra help with Sewing or Embellishing techniques?

See the Courses Page

    You Will Need:

    100cm x 115cm Medium or medium-light weight fabric

    50cm x 115cm Lining Fabric

    20cm x 115cm Medium-Light iron-on interfacing (if you don't ant to interface the entire bag)

    35-40cm zip



    20cm zip for lining pocket

    Large Button (for the top of the bag)

    O-rings or D-rings for straps

    1m Medium-light iron-on interfacing (if you’d like to interface the entire bag to give your fabric more structure)

    1 x 19mm magnetic catch (instead of a zip closure)