It’s finally here! The Rubenesque Hobo was specifically designed for the 2016 Bag Fanatics Australia Retreat!!!
The Rubenesque Hobo is a plump girl, with all the right curves! She is a medium-large sized bag with an opening that closes with a zipper. You can throw over your shoulder before running out of the house. She’s ultra chic with enough space to carry everything you deem a ‘necessity’, plus more! She features an internal zip and slip pockets, plus she’s a quick sew!
The finished size of The Rubenesque Hobo measures approximately 12 1/2″ tall x 16″ widest point x 3″deep (32cm x 40.5cm x 7.5cm); this does not include the drop of the handle.
This hobo has been designed to be made using faux leather accents, however, leather or woven fabrics can be used instead – instructions have been included to make your hobo from these too.
For more photos of bags made using this pattern please see this blog post
Skill level: Confident Beginner
Please read all directions before beginning.
The seam allowance is 3/8″ (1cm) unless otherwise stated, and has been included in the pattern
Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of all stitching unless otherwise stated.
All pattern pieces are included on the pages after the instructions. The remaining pieces should be
cut to the measurements provided in the cutting guide (page 4).
Important things to note when working with leather.
? Never use pins, be sure to use clips instead.
? Be sure to use a leather needle.
? Be sure to use a 40 to 60 weight bonded nylon thread or a 100% polyester thread.
? Be sure to use a walking foot, roller foot or teflon foot on your sewing machine.
? Lengthen your stitch length when topstitching, it ensures a neater more professional look.
? Check on scrap piece of leather first that is the same thickness as what you will be sewing, (ie
interfaced etc.) and use that to work out the tension needed for the project. Many domestic machines
will not cope with the thickness of some leathers, testing on a scrap piece of leather will
come in handy to find this out too.
Extra important things to note when working with faux leather, the above leather tips should
be adhered to, plus…
? Be sure to use low heat and pressing cloth if fusing to faux leather.