Thanks to all for the encouraging words - much appreciated!
LadybugsandBumblebees, I will probably make the next hobo with a zipper so I can compare. On any given day I'm usually split pretty evenly on the zipper vs drawstring choice. One of the things I like about the drawstring is when I put my purse beside me in my car for the work commute I can usually reach over with one hand and open the bag just enough to get what I need. I usually need two hands for zippers. But I do like the secure closure a zipper gives.
SiFi Mom, I purchased both of those fabrics at Walmart, if you can believe that!
mybabyisacommunist - when I was in a hurry I kept doing a little treasure hunt trying to find which pocket had my keys. Putting a different button on each pocket was such an easy and effective solution I can't believe I haven't done it before now. On two pockets I also sewed some of my favorite beads to help me remember what was in those.