Cross-Body Hobo Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

+ How to Create Inverted Box Pleats with Contrasting Fabrics

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Pam from “d i y Design Fanatic” wanted to make  a bag with longer straps so it can be worn across the body. She also decided to include pockets inside that would fit a cell phone, her sunglasses, and some room for pens.   I thought Pam did a very good job demonstrating and explaining how she made this bag and drafted the pattern.  Certainly easier than it appears!  Give it a try if you are looking for a nice basic hobo/sling bag.

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How to Create Inverted Box Pleats with Contrasting Fabrics

Inverted box pleats can be any size. You can use any fabric. You’re the designer; be creative and have fun with it. Sewing basics class is taught by Carol Sneed at the New York School of Design.

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  1 comment for “Cross-Body Hobo Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

  1. January 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the shout out!

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