Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Blog Tour

disclosure: this is a sponsored blog tour by Clover, Nancy Zieman & Sew Lazy

Welcome!  Today is my day to post about the new Hobo Tote I just made!  If this is your first time visiting you can learn about me, check out my patterns, my free tutorials and you can subscribe to my blog over in the right column to stay in touch! --->

Here is my finished Hobo Tote!

Print Fabrics = Mimosa by Dear Stella
Solid Grey = Kona Iron by Robert Kaufman

The Pattern comes packaged with plastic templates for cutting and marking.

Here is my bag in progress. I used a fat quarter stack of Mimosa by Dear Stella. The new Jumbo Wonder Clips by Clover came in handy for holding all of the layer together.

What you can't see in this photo is the interfacing. Sew Lazy provided us with Face-it Soft and Stiff Stuff to make our bags. This stuff is great. If you haven't worked with it yet I suggest you try it out. The Stiff Stuff is strong enough to give life to your bag without being so rigid that it is difficult to sew.

It is no secret that I'm a fan of Wonder Clips. Examples can be found here, here, here, and here. Like I said.. I'm a fan. Here is a photo of the original ones with the new Jumbo ones to give you some scale.

Back to my Hobo Tote. Here are my pieces once I added grey trim. I used Kona Iron to add some pop to the bag.

Since I was using fat quarters I didn't have pieces big enough to cut the lining. I solved this by using 3 fat quarters. I cut each into two pieces 9" x 21" and sewed three pieces together as shown. I then cut my lining from these larger pieces.

I decided to use more Kona Iron for the pockets.

The Jumbo Wonder Clips came in handy again for holding the bag together before I finished top-stitching.

Here is a detail shot of the binding added to the center of the bag. The instructions direct you to machine sew it, but I'm a sucker for hand sewing with binding. I used my original Wonder Clips to hold the bias binding in place while I worked around the curve.

Here is my finished Hobo Tote again!


Blog Tour
Take a minute to check out the other stops on the tour to see a variety of Hobo Totes!

February 19 Nancy Zieman  
February 20 Jenny Gabriel  
February 21 Fran Ortmeyer 
February 22 Tori Thompson  
 February 23 Carol Porter  
February 24 Jina Barney  
February 25 Joan Hawley 
February 26 Julie Herman <-- Me! Thanks for dropping by!
February 27 Eileen Roche  
February 28 Cindy Cloward  
March 2 Nancy Zieman 


Clover and Lazy Girl Designs have added Giveaways to the Hobo Tote Blog tour.

Clover Needlecraft will be sending three random winners a Clover Prize Package valued at $75. Names will be announced on Nancy's blog post on March 1, 2013.

Prize Package 1
Here is what’s included in each of the three prize packages:
Trace ‘n Create Bag Template—Hobo Tote Collection
Shape ‘n Create Bag Stabilizer
Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pincushion
Satin Bronze D-Rings
Double-Sided Basting Tape 1″
Create-a-Strap Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping
Magnetic Snap Closure

Prize Package 2
Lazy Girl Designs is giving away a Lazy Girl Interfacing Pack that includes 1-1/2 yard cuts of Stiff Stuff and Face-it Soft ($17 value) to three additional random winners.

How to enter the giveaway
For chances to win one of the six prizes, please post comments on Nancy's Blog Post. Share your thoughts about the Hobo Totes you see on the blog tour and/or about the Hobo Tote you’re planning to make. Six random winners will be selected and posted March 1 on Nancy's Blog.


Clover Needlecraft provided the template set, and most of the notions for this project.  The interfacing was provided my Sew Lazy.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


  1. Love your color combination and how you handled piecing the inside. Heading over to Nancy's blog to enter now!!! Wonder how this would look covered in facets and hexagons? Your new ruler has my brain on overdrive!!!!

  2. Just beautiful! I would love to be entered in your drawing!

  3. Gorgeous bag. Thanks for the chance ; )

  4. I'm really intrigued with the piping around the curve of the bag, when I first looked at it, I thought it was piping! Great bag!

  5. OMG I love your colors and the bag I fell in love with when I first saw it....it turned our just lovely. I did not know about the wonder clips I am a big fan of the little ones and did not even know about the bigger ones...but thanks to you I know now....have a great day and thanks for sharing your bag with us. I am a long time follower of yours...

  6. Your bag is perfect for spring into summer. I love the wonder clips and can't wait to get the jumbo clips.

  7. Great bag girlie...now you have me thinking of Spring....especially since it is pouring cold, cold rain outside!:)
    BTW...did you get my little package?:)

  8. Your Hobo Bag turned out so great! Love the gray as your accent, beautiful!

  9. Love the color combination. Why do I love tote bags sooooooo much?

  10. Nifty colors, thanks for sharing

  11. I love your Hobo Tote. And the new ideas for using those clips is something I'm going to do! Thanks.

  12. I love the bag, so many possibilities I'm hoping they are going to be available in Australia. Would really love to win though will have to look for them here in oz

  13. What a fabulous color combination!!! Thank you for participating on this tour.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. you did a great job and excellent tips

  15. love your colors specially the linnig,so clean looking thanks for sharing

  16. Very springish looking bag. Really live the colors you chose.


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