Give a warm welcome to my BFF, Naomi!............................................................
Hi everyone! I'm Naomi, or Nay, from Sweet LemoNayde. You may remember me from before, showing a tutorial on how to sew a cardigan. Now I'm back with a recycled jeans hobo bag tutorial!
I've always wondered why it's called a 'hobo' bag...
Anyways, I wanted a bag for school. I was, of course, planning on making a hobo bag--not. It was supposed to be a backpack... same thing, right? (that's what I keep telling myself) Well, now I can't really use it for school, but you can still use it for a trip to the beach, grocery shopping, etc. And, if you really wanted to, you could use it for school, but I like two straps supporting my load on both shoulders instead of just one.
What's great about this bag is that there are already pre-existing pockets!
So, on with the tutorial...
Materials: (all the materials for my bag were recycled) an old pair of jeans, a t-shirt hem or a shoelace, cord, etc. for the drawstring; a strap for your bag- mine was from an old messenger, you could also use a necktie, belt, rope, a handle from a leftover pant leg, anything you can think of!
1. Determine how long you want your bag to be. Measure down that much on the outer seam of the pants, and cut off the pant leg to that length. Fold the pants in half, and mirror the cut on the other pant leg.
2. Cut the inseam of your 'shorts,' so that the layers are separated.
3. Use the pant legs and cut 2 pieces of fabric big enough to cover the gaps in the front and back.
Here's a picture of all the pieces.
4. Now pin the 2 pieces of fabric to the openings in the front and back of your open shorts.
5. Sew them in.
6. Turn right side out and trim the seam allowance around the fabric you sewed in.
7. Sew the bottom in a curve-like shape so that the bottom is round.
8. Turn right side out and take your t-shirt hem/cord and pull it through the belt loops. It acts as a drawstring/decoration.