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How To Sew A Hobo Shoulder Bag Using Indigo Fabric

Learn how to sew a hobo shoulder bag using indigo fabric.

Hobo bags are free-spirited bags with a soft slouchy and stylish look. I have this leftover indigo fabric from a pillow project I made for my home. I adore this fabric and I thought it would look great for a bag. This indigo fabric is a woodblock printing using indigo color. I found a McCalls Easy bag pattern in the shape of a hobo bag. I used a light canvas for the lining.



Pinning to fabric

1. Press pattern pieces with a warm iron. Pin pattern to fabric. Fold fabric with right sides together.

2. Cutting


  1. If layouts show a piece extending past fold cut all pieces except those that extend out. Open out the fabric. Cut extending pieces on the right side of the fabric.


Layout the fabric on the pattern and follow the instructions on the pattern.

3. Sewing

  1. With right sides together stitch front to back alongside and lower edges.
  2. To form corners bring side seams to lower seams, Stitch across corners along stitching lines.
  3. Turn bag right side out. Press


4. Interface.

  1. Apply interface to lowers lining sections. Stitch lower lining sections together alongside and lower edges, leaving an opening for turning along the lower edge. Stitch corners of lining as you did for the bag.
  2. With right sides together, stitch the lower lining to upper lining. Press with iron the seam toward the lower lining.

3. Stitch lining to the upper edge of the bag. Matching small dots and leaving strap ends open. Trim seam. Turn the bag and lining right side out.

4. Stitching strap

Press Push lining into the bag. Inset raw end of the strap into another end of strap and stitch across of strap and close.

I am so excited how it turned out.

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  1. Welll that’s one classy hobo bag 😀 Love the fabric you used Maria and it’s sure is big enough to fit all the stuff I usually carry around in handbag.

  2. Lori Nell says:

    This is a great bag, Maria! Love the flower fabric you chose!

  3. This is fabulous. I remember making a similar bag in home ec. class; it’s how I learned to sew :). Did you make the fabric? If not, where did you find it?

    1. I got the fabric on etsy a few years ago. There are millions of places that make woodblock patterns. Joanne fabrics have some nice ones. I think there are a few on amazon in this post/

  4. Maria, your bag turned out great! Funny, I just sent a bag I sewed back in the 1990’s off to Salvation Army this weekend. It isn’t the current style but I still have my pattern. <3 Love yours!!! Fresh update to soft shoulder bags, which are perfect for summer and going to the beach.

    Enjoy yours and the rest of summer out your way,
    Barb 🙂

  5. Maria, I love hobo bag, and this one is really stylish. Thank you for reminding me wonderful and easy these bag are.

    1. Thanks for the detailed instructions! I don’t sew much but think I could do this!

      1. Yes, I have another one I did that I recently discovered and the template is much easier. This one you have to use a pattern. I’ll post it soon.

    1. Thanks, it is my favorite, i was trying to find it for more bags but could not.

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