Making Bags Book Club Month 5: Hobo Bag

Whether your customers are just starting their sewing journey, or are seasoned bag makers, our Making Bags Book Club is a great way to build their confidence in bag making. During this six-part club series, they'll learn the foundational knowledge of bag making, explore new materials, techniques, and make 5 skill-building projects. Sophisticated and stylish, this Hobo Bag was designed with minimal details to allow your customers to gradually expand their bag-making expertise but also to pair effortlessly with everything in your closet. With this project, build skills in fabric preparation, adding shape to the top edge of the bag, creating a base, assembling strap connectors, creating a shoulder strap, adding an interior slip pocket, installing an interior zipper pocket, assembling a bag with a zipper closure, and adding optional hardware and embellishments. The shaping along the top edge of the bag can be omitted for a tote bag silhouette instead.
Month 5 Includes the Following:
18” x 42"" Main Fabric *
9” x 25""Contrast Fabric *
27” x 42"" Lining
21” x 28"" Sew-In Foam (28”)
36” x 19"" Fusible Woven Interfacing
26” #5 Zipper *
Hardware *
(2) Zipper Pull (Rectangle STS183)
(2) 1-1/2” O-Ring (STS168)
(4) Dome Feet (STS178)
(1) Zipper Cord End (STS176)
(1) Handmade Label (STS213)
* Fabric and hardware finish may vary from bag images.
This kit does not include the instructions to make the bag. All instructions are found in the Making Bags: A Field Guide Book, which was included in Month 1 of Club.
Retailer Planning & Guidelines:
Retailers can launch this program any time of the year.
Register participants in-store for classes either monthly or a one-time payment.
Each participant is required to purchase a kit to participate in this program. Keep your participants informed of when the kits arrive, since we recommend participants cut out their pieces ahead of time to reserve class time for sewing only.
Add your instructor's fee if necessary. Contact to learn about Sallie Tomato’s Educator Program (launching April 2024) if you’re interested in hiring a certified instructor!