Hobo Purse Pattern

Hobo purse pattern

Find two matching fabrics and a zipper, my hobo purse pattern is waiting for you! The great thing about sewing is that you can use your creativity to come up with endless possibilities. I took my Lorelai pattern and used it to make this cute hobo purse.

It makes a great everyday bag because of its relaxed laid back style. The braided handle adds a nice bohemian touch. It makes me feel so free, without worries and open to unexpected situations. Nothing can go wrong when you have a purse as cute as this one.

I’m providing instructions for the basic version. You can upgrade by adding an inner pocket or by using a different handle, you can have so much fun with this! I’m getting excited just by thinking of all the different versions you could make. When you’re done having fun with this one, you can also try my Hobo Traveler Pattern.


  • 11″ zipper
  • 1/2 yd exterior fabric
  • 1/2 yd lining
  • 1/4 yd contrast fabric

The pattern pieces

Cut the following rectangles:

  • 3″ x 13 3/4″ – two from contrast and two from lining for the edge
  • 2.5″ x 4″ – two for the handle’s base
  • 2″ x 21″ – three for the handle

Print and assemble your pattern. Use it to cut two exteriors and two linings. If you’re already a Sew It Love It member, click here to download the Hobo Purse Pattern. If you’re not a member yet, you can join here for free.

It’s sewing time!

  1. Sew your edge rectangles right sides together by their short sides to create a long strip. Do this with your lining and your contrast. Press the seam open.
  2. Baste the zipper to an exterior’s top edge, right sides together.
    Hobo purse pattern
  3. Cover the zipper with the lining and sew the three pieces together. Leave a 1/2″ space at the beginning and ending without sewing.
    Hobo purse pattern
  4. Fold the exterior and the lining over the seam to show their right sides. The zipper should be exposed. Press and topstitch close to the edge but leave a 1/2″ space without sewing on either end.
    Hobo purse pattern
  5. Open the zipper and repeat steps 2-4 with the other exterior and lining. Your bag should now look like this:
    Hobo purse pattern
  6. Pin the edge around one of the exteriors right sides together, be careful not to grab the lining. Baste the curves and sew.
    Hobo purse pattern

    Clip the seam allowances around the curves and sew the edge to the other exterior the same way. Press the seams towards the side.

    Hobo purse pattern
  7. Repeat step 6 with the lining. If you pull the lining to one side and the exterior to the other, your bag will look like this.
    Hobo purse pattern

Making the handle

    1. Fold one side of the base 1/2″ towards the wrong side of fabric so your rectangle measures 2″ x 2″. Fold in half, right sides together and sew along the edge.
      Hobo purse pattern
    2. Braid your three handle strips. You can secure them at the ends with a couple of stitches.
      Hobo purse pattern
    3. Insert the braid’s ends in the bases. Make sure they go in through the folded side.
      Hobo purse pattern
    4. Sew by the raw edge to hold them in place. Turn the bases inside out. If you find that they’re bulky, you can trim the seam allowances before turning.
      Hobo purse pattern
    5. Turn the bag inside out through one of the holes that are left on the edge of the zipper. Baste the top corners, making sure that your fabrics are neatly arranged.
      Hobo purse pattern
    6. Insert the raw tips in the handle’s base.
      Hobo purse pattern

      Sew them in a straight line and you’re done!

      Hobo purse pattern

It’s time to go out with your new bag =). If you liked this project, you have to try my hobo traveller pattern.

Hobo purse pattern

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