Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hobo Purse

I bought a kit for a "Hobo Tote" at Walmart in the sewing section, because it was cute, cheap ($12), and came with instructions. How can I go wrong?
I got 2 pieces of fabric, 2 handles, and more words than pictures. Eeek. Last night I decided to give it a go. The directions calmly and easily stated things like, "sew a 2" pleat on three sides". I have never sewn a pleat before, and had no idea how to make one. Googled it.

It actually was not that hard, and I did it all (I pre-washed fabric prior) - from cutting to sewing on the buttons from 8pm to 10:30pm. Now that I've done it once, I bet I could shave almost an hour off that time (googling, reading, re-reading would not be necessary)
It's SUPER cute, I love it!
wow. My pleating sooo worked perfectly:-)

Best of all, it's reversible!! :-D
I sewed a button on both sides of the flap, just to give it more weight to hold it down, it is not attached to the purse, but just flops over the top. It also has the option to be tucked inside and not showing from the outside.
Stuff inside!! See how the flap is tucked inside?
I love this. Too easy and way too cute. I think that the bolder pattern is my fave for the outside and the small circles for the inside, but at least I have options!


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! That is like the coolest purse I've seen!

  2. I am thinking actually, of taking my leftover fabric, and sewing a pocket on the inside for my phone. Making it not reversible, but I am pretty sure I will always use the one side that is my fave on the outside, and the pocket would be pretty nice for my phone. I used the purse on Sunday (matched my get-up too), and it was great. Brian complimented its coolness factor too and said i did a good job, so you know it's not half bad, or he'd have kept his mouth shut;-)

  3. it is VERY easy to make too... considering making my own cloth handles maybe? It would be super cheap and easy to do. Could add velco or a snap to hold it closed too, if you want to, and didn't mind it not being reversible.

  4. A pocket would be awesome. I may have to take a trip to Wal-Mart and take a look at these.