Let me begin by thanking Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing another wonderful blog hop. She keeps us filled with inspiration and creative endeavors.
As I mentioned in my blog post a few weeks ago, I have been sewing hobo bags with “my seniors.” (I work at an Assisted Living facility as an art therapist.) Another recent development is we’ve started a knitting club at work. While I had learned to knit over the years, I was never any good and didn’t stick with it. I had never even completed a single project before. I had been reading about the recent increased popularity of knitting during quarantine. I’ve discovered for myself how knitting is therapeutic, meditative and I have actually stuck with it!! I began with making a few small knitted hats but then planned a bigger project. I needed something to store my yarn, needles and stuff. Guess what makes the perfect holder for knitting projects… a hobo bag of course!! Using the reversible hobo bag pattern by Very Purple Person, I devised an extra scrappy version in all fall colors.
To begin this project, I gathered a bunch of 2-inch fabric squares in an array of fall colors. I sewed several 8 x 8 blocks from my 2″ squares. When finished, the squares measure 1.5″ and look like blocks for a postage stamp quilt. These 4 blocks plus a few thinner strips for straps and I was on my way.
My goal with the blocks was to nest seams and press everything as flat as possible. Here is how a few backs of the blocks looked before I sewed them up. I think I did a fairly good job, though I wasn’t aiming for perfection.
Let’s talk about the bag pattern for a moment. If you want to check out the Reversible Hobo bag pattern, I promise it’s very easy to make. Please note three things that may help you quite a bit.
- One: I altered the original pattern to make the each of the straps 5.25″ longer. The original pattern was hugging the underarm too much to be carried.
- Two: There’s a fun video tutorial that is by wacky Mr. Domestic and very useful if you’re a visual learner.
- Three: Be careful when attaching the straps together. I made mistakes many times doing this but it’s not hard at all. I was just not paying attention. If you make the bag, please send me a message and I’ll explain it so you won’t have to stumble like I did. (Or look at this other tutorial that may illustrate the straps better.)
To make this scrappy bag, you’ll need to sew together enough blocks of squares to fit the pattern. I made the outside of my bag all patchwork but left the lining a solid orange fabric. You’ll need to cut 2 outside pieces and 2 lining pieces. In my case, I made a few smaller strips of squares to piece together the handles. I wanted the outside of the bag to be made entirely of small squares. I also added a zippered pocket to my bag. While that’s not on the pattern or video, it isn’t hard at all. Just remember that the zippered pocket needs to be added before you sew the pieces together.
Here’s my finished bag. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’m getting lots of compliments. I have another resident who plans to make one in a polka dot fabric to hold her own knitting stuff. One project inspires another!!
I love looking at the scrappy squares and finding some of my favorite little novelty fabrics. There are leaves, owls, deer, sea otters and of course, this little hedgehog.
Lately I’ve been carrying the bag everywhere I go. I’m about to complete my first ever knitted baby blanket and the hobo bag holds the entire thing! I plan to donate it to Jack’s Basket, assuming it ends up meeting their size requirement. I promise to share the finished blanket at some later date. I am learning so much about knitting, but haven’t forgotten my passion for all things fabric. This practical and very useful scrappy fall bag makes me so happy!! I am dreaming about making another one in another color scheme.
UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway below has been notified and arriving via UPS. Congrats to Barbara of Maryland!!!!
I am excited to offer another blog hop giveaway. Here’s the scoop! The deadline to enter is midnight, Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Just leave a comment on my blog post mentioning your favorite thing about the Fall season. Sorry, but only U.S. addresses are eligible. The Giveaway contents: 1 mini charm of “Snow Day” by Stacy Iest Hsu Three -12″ lace zippers (brick red, green and ivory) Quilt Now magazine (Issue 69) which has lots of holiday craft ideas
Sorry, but due to postal costs, only U.S. addresses are eligible for the giveaway. The fabric line for the mini charm pack can be seen here. Highlights of the Quilt Now issue 69 can be found here.)
NOW GO AHEAD AND HOP!!! Please check out all the other fabulous projects in this Hop. Below is the schedule for you to be inspired, visit other blogs and leave a comment when you can. It really means a great deal to get your comments so thank you in advance. Follow the Hello Fall Pinterest Board for all the links.
Monday, September 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Karrin’s Crazy World
Seams To Be Sew
The Joyful Quilter
Tuesday, September 22nd
That Fabric Feeling YOU ARE HERE!!
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Sew Many Yarns
Sunshine in the Attic
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Food for Thought
Wednesday, September 23rd
Ms P Designs USA
Stitchin At Home
Just Because Quilts
Lily Patch Quilts
Not Afraid Of Color
Quilting & Learning: What a Combo!
Thursday, September 24th
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Life in the Scrapatch
Words & Stitches
For the love of geese
Linking to: Oh Scrap, Midweek Makers, My Quilt Infatuation, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Peacock Party, Finished or not Friday, Brag About Your Goodies
I love the leaves changing colors and being able to hand-quilt a large quilt without getting too hot. Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop.
I have only ever hand quilted baby quilts. I envy you who can do such tedious handiwork on big quilts. I just don’t have the patience needed. Thank you so much for stopping by.
I love the colors of fall! After the heat of summer it’s so good to feel the change, get out the fall quilts and cook comfort food. Thanks for the opportunity!
It really is nice to have seasons. I grew up in California and didn’t really understand what it’s all about until i moved East.
Hi can you send me your email address please? Thanks so much, Elana thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com
The best part of fall is the vibrant colors, crisp air, and the knowledge that my favorite season of Winter is on its way!
Beth, I hope we have a mild winter, but this is the year of many surprises so one can only guess. I hope you’re enjoying these days of the new normal. Thanks for stopping by.
I love the bag and your knitting looks great too!!!
Thanks, I’m really enjoying knitting. However, last night I ripped out the beginning of a new scarf. I’m still very much a beginner learning as I go.
what a great fall bag!! Love your scrappy ness of it all! ( please don’t enter me in your drawing… beautiful things tho!!)
Thank you for stopping by. You got it- no entry for you. Much appreciated nonetheless.
I love crisp juicy apples.
I also love anything apple. Macouns are my favorite when they’re fully in season. However, I rarely met a fresh apple that I didn’t like. thanks for stopping by.
Love that bag! Fun and functional.
Thanks so much. It’s my new sidekick!
My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather.
Amen to that!
That’s a great bag, perfect for yarn. The cooler weather is my favorite thing about Fall.
thank you for stopping by. that cooler weather is exactly why I’ve started knitting a cable scarf. wish me luck…i’ve never done anything like this before but something new can now go in my knitting bag.
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Great bag! My favorite thing about fall is the fresh apple cider from the orchards
Thanks, apple cider is terrific, isn’t it?
Great things you are doing for your seniors. I know they appreciate it!
Thanks, I like to think so as well. It’s a tough time to be a senior.
Thanks for stopping by- cool is good
I love the warm colors of fall. Thanks for the giveaway opportinity.
Thank you for stopping by- fall is a good time to connect with one another.