Finished my summer bag and love the vibrant Bali colors! These are are my favorite summer colors, so it will be hanging on my shoulder a lot. The bag is very sturdy, has pockets, and a great size, just big enough for the basics (but not your husbands wallet, keys, phone….)

I used the Bailey Island Hobo pattern by Aunties Two. I got mine at my LQS, but you can also find them online via your friend, Google.

The pattern calls for a jelly roll, plus additional yardage for the binding and handles. I chose this beautiful hand-painted Bali Pops by Hoffman Fabrics jelly roll. One jelly roll will complete the two bags shown on the above pattern.

Bag construction is not difficult if you have basic sewing skills and it’s a great weekend project. For the small bag you will need 12 jelly strips and 14 batting strips, 2-1/2″ x 45 (includes 2 for handle). You will also need 3/4 yard of coordinating fabric for binding, handles and pockets.

For the bag foundation, make 12 fabric/batting tubes, then sew them together using a zigzag stitch. Cut large rectangle in half, then zigzag the 2 rectangles together (photo 4). Aunties has 2 very good videos on the tube batting technique here (scroll down a bit).

Photo 4 above is the completed bag foundation and at this point could be used for any bag pattern of your choice, or potholders, or oven mitts, or pillows… Photo 5 above is how I constructed the pockets. I added an additonal seam to one pocket to make it smaller for my IPhone. Don’t want that baby falling out!

The below pictures are of the binding and inserting the handles. In my opinion, the hardest step in this bag construction was using a safety pin to pull the handle strap through the binding channel. Could not do it, so I added a piece of wire, fed it through the channel first, and then pulled the strip through (photo 2). Worked like a charm! I know, I’ve seen chimps do similar things on Nature too!

Aunties hobo pattern is well-written and very easy to follow with many descriptive, colored photos. This bag also has a snap that is covered with decorative buttons on both sides of the bag. Another fun, quick project (my favorite kind) and may be my favorite bag so far!

WIP – Fig Tree Mini Quilts

The large hobo bag is also on my TODO list, but will have to wait abit because I just became aware of Fig Trees new mini quilt patterns! I plan to download the Pear and Cherry Pie patterns and have already started going through my Fig Tree stash to see what I have on hand. I still need to make a trip to my LQS for MORE Fig Tree fabric! Below are pictures of Joanna’s (Fig Tree) full size quilts from PInterest that are so beautiful.

I have always loved these, and had planned to purchase the pattern and scale it down. But.. so glad I waited! These are the perfect mini patterns for wall hangings, which will look peary, cherry fine in my dining room! Here is a link to Joanna’s Fresh Fig blog where she has lots of pictures of all her mini’s and links to the pattern. Can’t wait to get started on these!!!
Hope you enjoyed my hobo bag post. See you next time with updates on my mini quilts :).

Happy sewing!

Teri of the Hummingbird Thread


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