The Hippo Hobo - PDF Sewing Pattern - Instant download, Handbag, Shoulder Bag, Hobo Bag Pattern

The Hippo Hobo - PDF Sewing Pattern - Instant download, Handbag, Shoulder Bag, Hobo Bag Pattern



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The Hippo Hobo pattern is a great, medium sized bag; it has a large opening that looks like a
hippopotamus' mouth, which is how it got it's name. This hobo has plenty of room within; it also features a secret pocket, an internal zip pocket, and a rear external zip pocket.

The Hippo Hobo's features:
- 3 x large zip pockets (one is hidden)
- large main space for all your essentials
- a cute loop and swivel closure

The finished size of The Hippo Hobo measures approximately 13” tall x 15½” wide x 3” deep (33cm x 39.5cm x 7.5cm); this does not include the drop of the handle. This hobo has been designed to be made using leather accents, however, faux leather or fabric can be used instead - instructions have been included to make your hobo from these too.

For more photos of bags made using this pattern please see this blog post:

*Your pattern includes, pattern pieces for any curved piece and ONLY measurements for square/rectangular pieces. Colour photo tutorial and instructions are also included*

Terms of Use
This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only.
You may not distribute copies of this pattern without express written consent. Do not forward or share this pattern, instead, please direct interested parties to so they can purchase a copy for themselves.
You may sell handcrafted items made from this pattern under the following conditions:
• You must have purchased the pattern.
• This item must be sewn on a small scale only, and no mass production is allowed.
• Please credit Emma Wengier of Emkie Designs ( as the pattern designer in online listings/tags (a link is preferred, but not required).

If you have any questions, please email me: emma [!at]

• Skill level: Confident Beginner
• Please read all directions before beginning.
• The seam allowance is 3/8” (1cm) unless otherwise stated, and has been included in the
pattern pieces.
• Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of all stitching unless otherwise stated.
• All pattern pieces are included on the pages after the instructions. The remaining pieces should
be cut to the measurements provided in the cutting guide (page 4).
• Important things to note when working with leather.
◦ Never use pins, be sure to use clips instead.
◦ Be sure to use a leather needle.
◦ Be sure to use 100% polyester thread (I like to use topstitching thread).
◦ Be sure to use a walking foot, roller foot or teflon foot on your sewing machine.
◦ Lengthen your stitch length when topstitching, it ensures a neater more professional look.
• Extra important things to note when working with faux leather, the above leather tips
should be adhered to, plus...
◦ Be sure to use low heat and pressing cloth if fusing to faux leather.

For materials and requirements see the pictures section of this listing.

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228 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Kylie Simonton 11 Apr, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Finally made myself one of these bags. 😍 I am SO in love! Pattern was easy to follow. Pretty quick sewing project too!

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UntamedMenagerie 20 May, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Super fun! Despite not having sewn a bag in ages, I found this very easy to follow. I ran out of interfacing and haven't finished the strap but a family member already claimed this one. I will be making one for myself in vegan faux leather. Thank you!

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Linda Murray 03 Nov, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I made this in black pigskin - turned out great! The pattern and directions worked perfectly - thanks!

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hheidlage 18 Nov, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I loved making this bag! It is a very well written pattern and I can't wait to make another one!

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