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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Drawstring Hobo on: July 20, 2013 09:17:51 PM
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. Smiley 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.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring Hobo on: July 20, 2013 03:02:25 PM
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!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Pros & Cons for Using Velcro? on: July 20, 2013 01:46:44 PM
Thanks for the feedback - it is really helpful.

I've seen  hidden flat magnets on "store bought" purses. Any ideas where I could pick up some flat magnets to try on future bags I'm making?

On most of my cotton bags I tend to think like CraftyChef - they have somewhat of a built-in shelf life to start with by nature of the fabric durability. 

I will post some pics of the hobo purse I made that has the Velcro closures. So far I am happy with the Velcro but next time I make a bag I need to increase the length of the pockets. I thought I allowed enough to compensate for the Velcro closures but when I put in my iPhone in it's case I'm about a quarter inch shy of the space I need.  As the saying goes "missed it by that much."
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My earring organizer :) on: July 19, 2013 11:01:47 AM
Awesome reuse of an own rack. Kudos to your cleverness!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twinkle Twinkle on: July 19, 2013 11:00:18 AM
I love those! What a great combination of color and texture.
16  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: List of organizations that need craft supplies on: July 19, 2013 10:57:08 AM
This is a lot of really good info.

I know my Mom's Church has an outreach to local kids and they can always use materials, big and small, for craft projects. One local business donates papers that have nothing but numerical reports on one side so the kids can color or paint on the other side. Having paper donated for stuff like that really helps their budget.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial- IMG heavy- and new treasure map bag on: July 16, 2013 08:42:59 AM
Super cute! The treasure map makes it seem very adventerous.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini bag on: July 16, 2013 08:41:23 AM
Cute bag. I've thought about letting my grown-up friends pick out their own fabric and then make a bag for them . I hate the thought of putting work into a gift and have them end up with a fabric they weren't crazy about. Plus, I think they'd have fun picking out their own fabric.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: SWAG BAG on: July 16, 2013 08:25:17 AM
That's really cute! I've been trying to think of little gift giveaways for friends.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Military Shirt To Duffel/Messenger Bag Conversion on: July 16, 2013 08:23:59 AM
Thanks for the kind words!

I think his Mom and Dad are using the bag for now, (they love it and just took it on a trip).

When my brother put his BDU's in the garage sale I grabbed four shirts so I have three left. I do plan on keeping one in a safe place for my great-nephew in it's original format and give him when he is older and can appreciate it. 
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