Free Sewing Pattern: Laney Hobo Bag

If you’ve sewn bags before, you probably know of Pellon. Pellon makes all kinds of interfacing and stabilizers that are essential in the bag-making process. They give shape, body, stability, and a crispness you can’t get with just cotton fabric. I take a lot of shortcuts, but never ever skimp on interfacing. It takes your bag from “homemade” to professional. Pellon is available nearly everywhere in the US (I believe in Australia, it’s sold under the Legacy brand) so it’s easy to find, and with some Joann Fabrics coupons, isn’t very expensive.

About a month ago I spoke with the marketing rep, Erin, at Pellon and we (excitedly) agreed to collaborate on a beginner bag pattern. Pellon Shapeflex (SF-101) is my favorite interfacing – I use it in every single bag I make (if only the lining for the stiff bags!). Shapeflex adds body to fabrics without being stiff, as it’s a fusible woven fabric. It’s very flexible but adds a nice quality feel and a little body. I’d say it’s like turning a quilting weight fabric into a heavier home decor weight. It’s also supremely easy to fuse. This is the interfacing I wanted to shine a spotlight on, so I came up with a semi-slouchy hobo bag. And Laney was born…

It’s truly a beginner-friendly bag, as there are no zippers and the top has a simple tie closure. The closure and turning method also make this bag reversible. The 3-piece main panels give the bag its depth and shape, with an easy option to use 2 different fabrics for the exterior.

Bag & photo by Holly Jakob

Bag & photo by Holly Jakob

Laney measures 15″ wide, 10″ tall, and about 6″ deep, with a 10″ handle drop. There’s an option included to lengthen the strap if you prefer.

Bag & photo by Holly Jakob

Bag & photo by Holly Jakob

I’d like to thank Erin at Pellon for the opportunity and the amazing testers that helped perfect it. I hope you enjoy the free pattern.

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