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How to install a d-ring closure on your Hippo Hobo

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m going to teach you how to use a D-ring instead of the little loop closure on your Hippo Hobo. D-rings are much more readily available, so this might be easier for some of you to acquire for your Hippo Hobo 🙂

How to tutorial- d-ring for the hippo hobo.png

What you need:

  • 1 x ¾” (2cm) d-ring
  • From Fabric 4 (Accent) –
    • For leather tab: cut one ¾” x 3” (2cm x 7.5cm).
    • For Fabric and Vinyl tab: cut one 3” x 3” (7.5cm x 7.5cm), AND if using fabric, also cut one 3” x 3”(7.5cm x 7.5cm) of medium weight interfacing, and apply this to the fabric piece before proceeding.


Complete up to and including Step 69 of the Hippo Hobo Pattern.

For Leather it is pretty straight forward, just…

  1. Slip the d-ring onto the tab.
  2. Fold your leather so that the 2 short ends meet.
  3. Place your leather tab so that the base of the d-ring is 6 ½” (16.5cm) from the top edge. Ensure it is side cantered.
  4. Sew in place


For Fabric or Vinyl…

oneCollage1. Fold one edge over by ¼” (0.6cm) and sew in place using a 1/8” (0.3cm) seam allowance.

twoCollage2. Draw 1 line ¾” (2cm) from the left edge on the wrong side of the tab. Fold the edge (on the opposite side of the tab to the line you have just drawn), up to meet the line. Then fold the remaining edge over to cover the first side, try to fold it so it is slightly in from the edge.

four3. Sew along each long edge using a 1/8” (0.3cm) seam allowance.

five4. Slip the d-ring onto the tab. Fold over the un-finished edge so that it is ½” (0.6cm) shorter than the finished edge.

threeCollage.jpg5. Place your tab so that the base of the d-ring is 6 ½” (16.5cm) from the top edge. Ensure it is side cantered. Sew in place.

Continue with the pattern at Step 75 and pretty soon you will have a completed Hippo Hobo of your very own 🙂


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

I would love to see any Hippo Hobo Bags you make (weather you add a d-ring closure to it or not), so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 or just use the tag #hippohobo

If you would like to purchase the Hippo Hobo pattern, you can do so on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you do use this tutorial to add a d-ring closure to your Hippo Hobo feel free to use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie 🙂

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Happy Sewing!

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