It’s been awhile coming but I recently finished up a couple purses. One is a slouchy Hobo style, large enough to carry a basketball in and the other is a wooden handled handbag, roomy enough for the daily necessities.
The hobo bag is made from a canvas weight fabric from Michael Miller. And while I am usually not inclined to put black and white prints on the outside of things, because I worry they will show dirt quickly, this print will mask the grit and grim purses always seem to collect. The interior is flanked with two good sized pockets and a pen slip, which will hopefully cut down on time spent digging for pens in the bottom of your purse. I originally thought I would use a big fabric covered button to close the purse, but finally opted for a magnet on the inside. There was also a bit of trial and error with the straps. The end result, fabric covered webbing, should result in a sturdy and long lasting strap.
As for the other purse the only real hiccup came with the handles. You would be surprised how hard it is to find wooden handles that aren’t pretend bamboo. There are many cute styles out there, but they are plastic and who wants that? The ones I finally found are a nice size, large enough to fit your arm through but not so big they take over the bag.
I’m thinking of adding some of the hobo style to my etsy shop in the near future, though I am again vowing to finish the projects I have started before I embark on new ones!