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40+ Free Hobo Bag Patterns
A hobo bag, usually made from soft materials and characterized by its curved shape
and “slouchy” appearance, is the bag to choose when you're looking for a more
casual handbag to carry.
And because hobo bags are ususally large, they can be a great choice when you
need a bag to hold lots of “stuff,” but don't want to carry something as large as a
And if you will be carrying lots of “stuff” in your hobo or sling bag, consider
reinforcing your bag by adding a lining to it. Or, reinforce your bag by applying a
layer of fusible interfacing to your fabric pieces before constructing the bag. Just
make sure to use a lighter-weight interfacing and test it on a swatch of your fabric
first. A heavier interfacing could make your fabric too stiff and keep your finished
bag from “slouching” the way it should.
And a diy sling or hobo bag can be a great project for a beginner because it usually
consists of simple shapes and has a basic construction. And because a hobo bag
has more of an unstructured look to it, the style will be more forgiving if sewing
mistakes are made.
(And if you think you'll want to be able to launder your finished bag, just make sure
to preshrink your fabric first.)
If you're looking for a hobo, sling, slouch, or boho bag pattern, you've come to the
right place. Here you'll find a collection of over forty free hobo bag patterns
(including cross body & shoulder purses) gathered from all over the web!
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