October 28, 2010

Avocado Hobo Bag

The bag is all finished!  I took it for its first outing today, and it did wonderfully.  It even held a clipboard full of papers!

Half of the fun of making these bags is to watch it become the end-product.  I love getting to choose a matching fabric for the inside seeing the bag change from a wide banana-shape to being gathered and full (see pictures below).

I made this of Lion Brand's Wool Ease yarn in Avocado.  The trim is TLC Essentials in Dark Brown.

Since I can't stand more than one handle over my shoulders, I came up with this design that avoids modifying the bag while getting the single strap.  The rings on the handle are from a belt that came with a pair of pants that I bought over a year ago.  I never wear the belt, so it's slowly disappearing as I make more bags!  Yay for reusing!

The lining fabric was from my stash (which has been added to by my friend and her family).  It's got small yellow and orange flowers with green stems all over it.  Makes me want to make a cute, frilly little dress for my baby!

The flower is based on Granny Square 10 from Illustrated Patchwork Crochet by Bella Scharf.  This book was made in the 70s, but its information is still on the market today because it's amazing!  It's a great foundation book, so I'm glad it was given to my family (a hand-me-down of sorts) several years ago.  I added another flower to the top of the flower from the granny square to finish off the look. 

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