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Topic: Tutorial: slouchy hobo bag (the tinafish way)  (Read 408298 times)
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« on: May 15, 2005 09:58:50 PM »

okay...so many of you have asked for a tutorial for this purse and i FINALLY have one!! let me warn you though, this is my first full fledged tutorial with instructions and all. i did the best i could, but it's a very detailed bag. i took as many pictures as possible so hopefully that will help. here's the link to the other hobo slouchy purses i made..


anyway on with the show....

you will cut 2 of these for the interior and 2 for the exterior

here are all the pieces. the ones on the far left are key...they will be attached to the zipper and you will start with those.
you then have the body of the purse (interior and exterior) and then you have 2 pieces (at the bottom of the photo) to create the strap for your shoulder.

you will sandwich the zipper between one zipper piece of each the interior and exterior. make sure the top of the zipper (outside face) faces the good side of the exterior fabric.. you may want to unzip the zipper to make this process easier. oh and cut the zipper to the length that you want for the opening. make sure to sew at the end of where you cut so that if you accidentally unzip it all the way..you don't waste an entirely good zipper...this has happened to me... the shorter the zipper the smaller and scrunch-ier the purse.. my zipper is about 12".

this is what it will look like once you finish both sides and both interior and exterior. this picture shows only the interior side.

then take one of the interior body pieces and pin in place with pleats. i start from the middle of each piece (zipper piece and interior body) and pin them to keep them centered...then i pleat and pin..space them accordingly so that once you reach the end where it curves that it will line up with the end of your zipper piece. which by the way...the zipper piece should be just a tad longer on either side of the length of your zipper.

do this to both interior body sides.

now you want to put the good sides of the interior body pieces together and sew them...like so.

make sure you leave a space..this is where you will turn your purse inside out at the end.

now you will do the same to the exterior fabric. pin and pleat and sew.

open it up and face the good sides of the exterior together and sew..this time don't leave a space like the interior pieces. unzip the purse more than half way so it's easier to turn inside out.

now where you left the space...turn the entire purse inside out.

and this is what you get when you turn your purse exterior side outside. you will have holes on either side of the purse unfinished for your strap.

put one side of your strap in the hole and turn this portion of the purse inside out so you can sew it easier. 

and basically wrap your purse around the strap and sew. make sure the zipper ends are lined up and close to eachother.

...... and TA-DA!!!  Smiley

thanks for looking. looking forward to seeing yours!


here's my new one.

the request was for it to be silver and yellow...so this is what i came up with...

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2005 10:00:08 PM »

Great tutorial, and I love the bag. Good job. I'd like to try this out sometime.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2005 10:00:22 PM »

that bag is awesome!! and the tut. is great too Smiley now all i need is cute fabric

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2005 10:01:48 PM »

oh wow. i really like that bag. i am going to have to make me one of those. good job!
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2005 10:02:13 PM »

ah! i was just looking at your first post, and i wondered if you ever made the tutorial. thanks a bunch!
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2005 10:35:10 PM »

my god, the finished part is so cute it makes me want to try my hand at sewing something from scratch that's a little harder than a pillow case.

great job!

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2005 01:48:46 AM »

Awesome tute, and awesome bag! I'm definately gonna make me one of these!!

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2005 07:09:58 AM »

Yayyyy! I was just looking at your other post, thinking...when is she gonna give us a tutorial?!?! But I didnt wanna be a jerk and ask again, teeheehee. Then I just happened to stumble across this here, thank you so much, I plan on using it. When I do, I'll post my results for you to see.

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2005 11:27:13 AM »

The bag looks great! I like the pleats a lot. I have to try your tutorial some day.  Smiley
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2005 11:52:42 AM »

This bag is perfect.  I must tame my sewing skills by the end of the month to make one for roommate's birthday.
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