Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY Cross Body Hobo Bag

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I thought a nice hobo bag would be a good gift for my teenage daughter in law. I had been wanting to try my hand at bag making, so this was a perfect opportunity. I previously purchased 2 fabrics that I thought she would like and wanted to use the both of them, so I decided to make it reversable.
After surfing the net for a good tutorial, I came upon this one at Simply Modern Mom. Her instructions were very clear and her pattern was quite simple. I used her pattern, but cut it bigger and I wanted different straps, so I made up my own.

Making this was a lot of fun and I hope to do another soon!
I apologize for the pics in advance. Some of them were taken with my cell phone.

Straps Instructions:
These were made to fit my DIL. Adjust the length measurement to fit you and where you want your bag to lay. Also, take into account the D rings and tabs length.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 3ft 11in long, 4in width.
Fold in the top and bottom edges 1/2in toward the wrong side of the fabric and iron down.
Then, fold in the sides toward the wrong side of fabric, so that they meet in the middle and iron in place.

Once you have done this on both pieces, lay on top of each other, folded sides in. Sew down the length of the fabric about 1/4in in.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 6in length, 2 1/2in width.
Fold in sides 1/2in toward wrong side of fabric and iron in place.
Cut each tab in 1/2 across, so that you have 4 tabs that are 3in long.

Putting them together:
Wrap one of your tabs around the flat side of your D ring.
*Note* I used a D ring that was too big for my tabs, so I switched to a smaller D ring after these pics were taken. I just used needle nose pliers to widen the open side and slipped the fabric out and then slipped the smaller ones on.
Next time, I will pay attention to the size of my tabs versus the size of my rings. The fabric needs to be wide enough that it can't easily slip around on the D ring.
You sew, you learn!

Place the edges of the tab into your unfinished bag arm about 1/2 in inside.
Sew across, securing the tab inside. Sew across again.

Wrap another tab around the curved side of your D ring.
Place the edges of the tab inside of the strap about 1/2in inside.
Sew across, securing the tab inside.

Do the same thing for the other side of the bag.
That's it!
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  1. Cute! I just made a similar baby-bag for me... basically just a huge sack I can sling across my body - love the punky style of your one though, bet your DIL was chuffed :)

  2. A bigger version is a fab idea for a baby bag! DIL has the whole punk rock style going. She hasn't seen it yet, but I think she's going to love it.

  3. This is so adorable! I can't imagine that she won't love it. What a lucky girl!

  4. Thanks Molly! The more I sew, the easier and better it's getting :)



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