Finished: Huntington Hobo Bag

Here's a recent finish - it's a Huntington Hobo bag pattern from Pink Sand Beach Designs.
Huntington Hobo Bag


The fabrics were purchased at The Cozy Quilt Shoppe earlier this year. Don't these colors make you want to smile? The batik print is beautiful. The brown sections are cotton fabric, a brown Moda Marbles print that looks a little bit like suede. This was my first successful installation of a welt pocket-style zipper.
Huntington Hobo Bag


Here's a peek inside at the pockets - I made them slightly wider than the pattern directions and made 4 sections. The narrow sections can hold pens or lipstick and the side sections should be wide enough to hold a cell phone. I added one of my SewAmazin labels, too.
Huntington Hobo Bag


This is a 'card holder' pocket, something new I'm trying out. The pattern/instructions for this add-on was shared by a member of the Lazy Girl Designs Yahoo group a few weeks ago. It's intended to hold onto frequent buyer/membership cards for easy access, not credit cards or anything important. I was lucky to find ribbon that coordinated with the colors of the bag almost perfectly. Not shown are a pair of ribbon loops near the side seams with a D-ring on one and a split ring on the other loop for securing keys.
Huntington Hobo Bag


This is the first pattern I've made from Pink Sand Beach Designs; most of the bags I've made have been Lazy Girls.

The instructions for the Huntington Hobo were easy to follow, though the photos were a little small. The order of assembly made sense and all the details look 'finished'. I especially liked the method for attaching the shoulder strap - it fit perfectly. I did have a little problem with bulk when I was trying to topstitch along the top zipper because of the fusible batting on the cover, so if I made this bag again, I'd probably trim the top edge of the batting slightly before fusing.

UPDATE: Added a beaded zipper pull to the top zipper:
Huntington Hobo Bag


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I've got another Pink Sand Beach bag in progress already - the Manhattan Handbag. It's coming together very nicely and I'm planning a few modifications to the pattern to add an inside pocket and a few other details.


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