At the American Sewing Guild Conference last weekend I took a class with Cheryl Kuczek on handbag techniques and was introduced to her patterns at Paradiso Designs. She is a good teacher and I so enjoyed her breezy style. No hard and fast rules for her but suggestions on what is an easier way to do things or where you could skimp on supplies. Her use of fake leather and suede and iron-on vinyl, while not unique, was a revelation to me in the variety of uses these materials could be put. I picked up three of her patterns and a couple of days ago i made her Urbanista Hobo bag.
As is typical with Hobo bags it is fairly unstructured with a flat bottom and a lot of interior pockets. No top closure is included but you could easily add one. Here's what that pattern shows and this is how mine turned out:
The fabric is a juvenile canvas weight print from Jo-Ann's and so is the fake leather (pleather). The canvas was very easy to work with and how could I resist the puppies cavorting all over it. I only made a couple of changes from the original pattern. I turned one of the divided pockets in the interior into one large zipper pocket and I made the slots on the side for the handles into a simple welt pocket where Cheryl used a more complex construction. The more complex construction would have meant using more top stitch thread than I had so I went simple.
The interior is dog bone fabric and a red bit of Kona from my stash. Heck, even the zipper on the pocket on the right came from my stash. I think the whole thing cost less than $10.00 in supplies and that was because I had to buy some sew-in fleece.
I had intended that this would replace my worn out library book bag (a heavy duty Scnlepp bag) but now I am thinking it would make a great knitting bag or a great errand bag or.... There are a lot of possibilities. Check out Paradiso Designs for some interesting patterns for both bags and other things. I think you will be pleased.