Here is my latest Hobo Bag. Hobo bags are my favorite kind. I always make mine huge so I can load them up if I need to, but since Hobo bags are soft and smooshy they are lighter and smaller when you don't have much in them.
About ten years ago I bought a Hobo bag for $10 at a Flea Market. I loved that bag except for the fact that it has an open top and no pockets. I decided to use the Flea Market Hobo as a jumping off point and add a few modifications to fit my wishes.
Here is my finished bag.
I put a cell phone pocket on the top for quick access:
One of the great features of this bag is the shoulder strap is really wide and doesn't slide off my shoulders like other straps do.
I put four good sized pockets on the outside - two on each side - for quick access stuff.
Since I first made the purse I've gone back and put a different button on each pocket so I know before I open it what is in there. Example: green sparkly button has keys in that pocket, etc.
I used Velcro closures instead of zippers to keep the bag lightweight:
The top of the original bag hobo was open. I don't like that because I don't want to worry about stuff falling out. I just added flaps at the top for a drawstring closure:
Here is a closeup of the drawstring. I might make a version someday with a zipper but I love the softness of a zipper-free bag.
Here is a shot of the inside of the bag. I can fit an amazing amount of stuff in here, including an iPad, camera, umbrella, etc., plus all the usual stuff. Since I put quick-access pockets on the outside, I didn't feel the need for pockets on the inside:
I've been using this bag for about a month and love it! I'll probably make my next bag using this same template, with just a few tweaks, like making my outside pockets a little taller so my phone can slide down deeper.
Happy to hear any thoughts or suggestions!