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The Hippo Hobo

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited today to share with you my new pattern The Hippo Hobo!  Are you wondering how this bag got its fabulous name?  Well when I designed the bag, I imagined it with a big mouth and a big butt, just like a hippopotamus 🙂

hippo hobo cover


The Hippo Hobo’s features:
– 3 x large zip pockets (one is hidden)
– large main space for all your essentials
– a cute little loop and swivel clip/hook closure


The Hippo Hobo Pattern will help you produce a great, medium sized bag; it has a large opening that looks like a hippopotamus’ mouth, which is how it got its name. This hobo has plenty of room within; it also features a hidden pocket, an internal zip pocket, and a rear external zip pocket


The finished size of The Hippo Hobo measures approximately 13” tall x 15.” wide x 3” deep (33cm x 39.5cm x 7.5cm); this does not include the drop of the handle. This hobo has been designed to be made using leather accents, however, faux leather or fabric can be used instead – instructions have been included to make your hobo from these too.

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

Now lets get looking at some pretty Tester bags!

This is Lynne from Bags By Lyn Wam‘s version…and all I can say is wow, what a gorgeous hobo this bag is!  Lynne has used soft & stable rather than fleece.


Janet used faux leather for the accent on her beautiful Hippo Hobo!  She also used Annie’s soft and stable instead of fleece.
You might not be able to see from the picture above, but Janet has used a D-ring as her closure method as she was unable to get the Little Loop Closure in time.  I will have a tutorial on how to use a d-ring instead of the Little Loop right here on my blog later this month…so be sure to check back if you would like to use a d-ring (or even a small triangular ring!) instead 🙂


I really love Merja’s version!  How great are her fabric choices?!
Merja is”loving this pattern!”- yay 🙂

Susan couldn’t go wrong with a black and white version!  She had this to tell you all, “This is a wonderful pattern!  There are only a few pattern pieces so you’re not spending a lot of time cutting everything out and the instructions are easy to follow.  I really like the Cutting Chart too, it is very well laid out and, again, easy to follow.  This bag is a quick sew and that results in a beautiful bag.”

Barbara made 2 versions, above is the 1st, I love the piping that she added to the bottom accent!

The second version Barbara made is a little different…

She has left off the flaps and has used my how to add a recessed zipper tutorial to this Hippo Hobo – it gives this bag a completely different look don’t you think?!
Barbara chose to make her Hobo’s from 100% fabric (ie. cottons rather than leather / faux leather), and has produced a lovely bag and I know she is very pleased with the results.

Mitzi of Mitzi’s Pretties made this incredibly awesome hobo!  I love the fabric combination she has used too – so unique, as is her style with all her fabulous bags!

Anna made this beautiful Hippo Hobo!  It is so pretty!! Anna “love love love’s the pattern!” and you know what?  I love love love her bag 😀

Nancy made 2 gorgeous Hippo Hobos at the same time because she liked both fabrics so much and knew she would love the bag just from seeing the pattern! For the flap and bottom she has used bark cloth! Also when she took these to her work place they sold within a few hours – how great is that 🙂  She currently has THREE more cut out! Great work Nancy, you have made some lovely bags 😀

Deidre made this amazing hobo!  I love the red, white and navy together, and the print is awesome too 🙂

Mary made this lovely version.  As you can see, Mary has added a Push Lock (AKA Tongue Lock/Thumb Lock) to her Hobo, with a great result!
She had this to share “It is a lovely bag and excellent instructions. I think I will be making more of them” – Yay!  Glad you liked the pattern Mary and I can’t wait to see more of your creations 🙂

Kathleen made her Hippo Hobo with glitter vinyl and that gorgeous fabric that matches so well!  She had this to share, “Another great pattern and I am really pleased with how it turned out.  The pattern was very clear and well written, the ‘installing rivets’  section was very helpful as this was my first attempt – although realised I didn’t have double capped ones so only used one in the end on my bag.  I  will definitely try using rivets again now,  I didn’t realise how easy it is!”

Jacquie from Pebble Lane Studio made this gorgeous number (photos courtesy of Mrs Leonard-Stewart) and had this to tell you all …
“I prefer a cross body strap but I did make it so it can shorten to function as a shoulder strap. It’s a great pattern – I have been using it every day for the last week.  It fits my ncw, drink bottle and a small lunch box for work and my iPad mini fits into the internal zip pocket.  And I have received lots of comments on it :)” – Of course you have Jacquie, your version of the Hippo Hobo is gorgeous!

Amy from Virginia girl design made this lovely hobo! Amy wanted to share her thoughts…”Another great pattern!  I really enjoyed making it and found the directions very, very clear – especially when you were explaining the strap and tab construction.  I’ll never be scared of faux leather connectors again!” Thanks Amy!  I’m glad I could help you get over your fear 🙂

Maria created this beauty!  As you can see Maria made some changes to her Hippo Hobo, she has added a tassel instead of the little loop closure, and I have invited her to come on the blog in a few weeks time to show us all how she did it!  So don’t forget to check back here 😉
Maria wanted to tell you all “I’m in love  with this  pattern. It’s the perfect size, the perfect shape, with so many pockets and  all those leather accents  make it  look so professional!  I used a thick leather  for the flaps, handle and bottom accent. I used upholstery fabric for both lining and outside and chose to use foam as a stabiliser. the  instructions  were very easy to follow and all pieces printed and matched perfectly. The cutting guide chart in the pattern is really clever and helpful too!”

Katie made this rather pretty version using Alison Glass fabric.  She wanted you to know that she thinks the pattern created “a nice, functional bag.  Its a beautiful pattern!”
Katie lives in the US and couldn’t get the Little Loop Closure shipped to her in time, so…


She found this other style (and they are CHEAP) and best of all…it worked a treat!  So if you are in the US, consider getting this loop from here; they are set with rivets so add an extra few rivets to the amount required if you choose to go with this one 😉

Danielle from Paisley Avenue made this gorgeous Hippo!  I love her Fabric and Leather combination 🙂
Danielle is apparently very excited to make another one, and can’t stop thinking about it!

This is Jayne’s Hippo hobo.  I love vibrancy of the fabric she has used!  Jayne “Loves the bag” and hopes you do too – in fact her daughter ran off with the finished bag moments after it was completed!

Margareth made 2 hobo’s, the 1st  (right) she decided to leave off the bottom accent piece so she didn’t obscure the gorgeous print, the 2nd (left) has been made using faux leather as the accent.  She also used Pellon 808 and Fleece as the interfacing and stabiliser in her bags. Margareth went hunting on Etsy and found this similar closure to the little loop closure that is used in the pattern, once it arrived, she found that the bar section was too large for her swivel hook to close over!  Luckily she had a larger swivel hook so she could make it work – Just something to consider if you choose to order hardware that isn’t the same as stated in the pattern 😉
Margareth had this to say, “I love this design (very rarely do I make more than one of a pattern!). Oh, and can I just say I LOVE how you have set up the cutting table in your patterns it is incredibly useful”.


Susie from Twirl Girl Boutique made this beautiful hobo!  Susie had this to say “I’m really happy with it & the size is way cool. Ok, so I loved my bag so much but my mum purchased it from me lol… so I have to make myself another…” lol Susie!  I can’t wait to see your next version 😀

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

While writing this post I also found this product, which I think is similar (although keep in mind that it is larger) to the Little Loop Closure, incase anyone is interested 😉

I would love to see your Hippo Hobo’s, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 If you want to use the tags #hippohobo or #patternsbyemkie that would be awesome too!

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Happy Sewing!

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  • Reply
    April 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    What an amazing array of tester bags! Beautiful, each and every one! So much inspiration here, thank you.

    • Reply
      April 6, 2016 at 12:40 am

      I agree! all the tester bags are so lovely 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 😀

  • Reply
    Sharon Worster
    September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Has anyone made this w/ a shoulder strap? I’ve GOT to have a shoulder strap! 🙂

    • Reply
      September 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Sharon the pattern comes with shoulder strap instructions included. If you would like to make a cross body strap for your bag you will find a tutorial to do this here on my blog, just look in the tutorials section 🙂

  • Reply
    Sharon Worster
    September 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply. I bought the pattern and I’m going to download and print it tonight. Again, many thanks!

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