DIY Reversible Hobo Bag
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There’s something wonderful about a hobo bag. I love the slouched form with straps just long enough to slide over my shoulder. Comfortable to carry, they always look great. Whenever I’m looking for a new purse, the hobo bags always catch my eyes first. When I discovered this reversible Hobo Bag pattern from Pineapple Fabrics, I was anxious to make one. Other than simple tote bags, I’d never sewn a bag like this before. This pattern excited me because it’s reversible and designed to use multiple fabrics. With my extensive collection of fat-quarters I couldn’t get started fast enough.
All I could think about were the gorgeous color combinations to make these bags personalized for friends and family. The bags I’ve made have been quite varied from an assortment of batik fabrics to Asian prints and they all looked fabulous. This batik fat quarter assortment I recently found would be perfect, too.
Here’s a Pattern to Try
This Hobo Bag pattern is well written and goes together quickly. The only modification I made was to sew a sturdy, bottom insert using interfacing for support. I cut one piece of coordinating fabric and 1 piece of medium weight fusible interfacing each measuring 17” x 13”. Then fused the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. With right sides together, I folded the fabric to measure 8 1/2″ x 13″ and sewed it leaving a 6” opening. After turning it right side out, just baste the opening closed. It’s a perfect fit and helps the bag stand easily holding its shape so much better.
This pattern has been such a success, that I’ve made about 8 different bags for family and friends. It is reversible, fat-quarter friendly and very versatile. It takes just shy of 2 yards of fabric to make which includes enough for the bottom insert. Whether a gift for a holiday, birthday, or Mother’s Day, this is a hobo bag they will cherish!
Then it got better!
My local quilt shop had some black & white color-me fabric and excitement jumped through me when I saw it. With little ones in my extended family, I’m always looking for interactive gifts that focus on the kids. Immediately the perfect gift for my niece came to mind. The plan was for a ‘Mommy & Me’ hobo bag that could be colored on the go. Now I was really motivated to get started on something new!
The first bag I made was lined with a pretty batik, but the bold black & white exterior was ready to be filled with color. It was gift wrapped and included a package of Sharpies for the family to use on this new keepsake. Imagine the heartfelt memories this bag will hold. Not to mention, a great activity when kids need to be kept busy for a few minutes. Simply pull out a couple markers and let the creativity happen. When others saw this bag, they wanted one too.
A family gift isn’t always easy to find. Especially a fun activity that will evoke some wonderful memories every time you see it. Make one for yourself first in your favorite colors. Then try some variations, and maybe even a color-me version for someone special. Wrapped in a gift box with a set of fabric markers, this bag makes a fabulous gift.
A Recommendation, Nothing More.
Just to be clear, I receive nothing for endorsing this pattern. I picked it up at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, GA because I loved the display bag in the Pineapple Fabric booth. It has been a fun pattern for me to use, and is easy to put together. While I love quilting as much as I can, small projects provide a great diversion. Everyone who I’ve given one of ‘my’ hobo bags to has loved it. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I have. Be sure to add pictures of your completed bags on Instagram for everyone to see at #diyhobobags and #createmorebeautyinyourlifeeveryday. Thanks and enjoy this project!