4 Hour Slouchy Summer Hobo Bag

I thought it would be fun to do a Slouchy Summer Bag – and this one is super quick!!
I did it in under 4 hours – so you could make up your bag in the morning and carry it to your beach party or picnic that evening!

It’s a cute lace Hobo bag with a fun bright orange lining and tabs for the strap. I used a bright pink zipper for contrast – I think it’s so fun!

Ready to get started on your own?
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 yd lace
  • 2/3 yd fabric for lining
  • 22″ zipper
  • 2 D Rings
  • 18″ of webbing for strap

UPDATE: Click here to Download the Free Pattern if you’d like to use mine. (You can always draw out your own following the instructions below if you’d rather.)
(As with all Flamingo Toes Patterns, this is for personal use only. Please do not sell or redistribute the pattern in any way. Thanks!!)

Start by drawing out your pattern. This doesn’t have to be exactly like mine, but you want to create a pattern for half of the bag. It should be about 13″ wide and curve in on the sides and the top.
Make the top about 3″ and leave about 7″ at the bottom as a straight line. This will be the fold at the bottom of your bag.
Get a helper to keep the pattern flat.

Fold your outside lace fabric in half with the selvedges together. Then fold the fabric in half again, vertically. Place the pattern piece so the straight side is on the vertical fold and the bottom is lined up with the horizontal folds. Cut one out of your lace and one out of your lining.
You should now have one outside piece and one inside piece.

Center the zipper along the top curved edge, between the right side of the lace and the right side of the lining. The zipper should be completely inside, between the two pieces.
Sew the curved edges together, 1/4 from the edge, sewing the zipper in place as you go.

Here’s what the right sides will look like after you sew that seam.

Repeat this step for the other side of the zipper, and the other curved edges of the lace and lining.

Open up your zipper before this next step, it’ll be easier.
With your lining pieces out of the way, sew your lace pieces together along the two sides, right sides together.

Repeat for the lining.

Turn your bag right side out, through the little sections at the top of the bag between the sides and the inner curves.
Press the lining inside.

Top stitch along your zipper. Fold the seams on the top corners to meet in the center. Sew across the top of each side.
Your zipper should be centered as well now.


Cut out your two side strap connectors. These will look like a bow shape and you’ll need 4 of them.
You want the center part to be the width of your D ring (probably about 1″), and the outer width to be about 3 1/2″. The whole piece should be about 7″ long.

Sew two pieces together, leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out and press. Repeat for the other two pieces.

Feed half of the strap connector through a D ring and fold the piece in half. Sew just below the D Ring across the thin section of the connector.

Place the top sides of your bag between the two connector halves. Make sure the bottom of the connector is just above the end of the zipper. Sew the connectors to the top of the bag on each side just inside the edge of the fold, all the way around.

Fold your strap webbing around the D rings on each side. Turn the edge under on the back side of the strap on each end.
Sew the strap together right at the fold, then again 1/2″ away to give it a little extra strength.

And that’s it!! How quick and fun was that?!

It’s a lightweight bag, so if you want to carry around books or something crazy, you might want to go with a heavier weight fabric, like a twill.


I hope you like it!

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  • Reply November 13, 2013

    Anis Humaira

    Hei..im 14..i love sewing crosstich…im bored so i look up at this website and saw this bag tutorial..i really love it..but since i am young i dont know what is your talking about..haha.. i live in malays and its the holiday so im bored..i decided to make bags..i dont even know where to get the supplies..thanks for the inspiration

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    La Lio

    thank you for this interesting tutorial!!
    i love this bag
    this is my version!

    • March 26, 2014

      Barbara Martin

      Wow. Love your version.

  • Reply March 13, 2014


    Looks really cute gives me lots of ideas. Thanks for the wonderful set of instructions

  • Reply March 28, 2014

    Pui Hua

    Thanks for the tutorial, I managed to made a weekend hobo bag for myself, so happy with it! :)

    I posted it here…

  • Reply May 21, 2014

    Lorraine Barksdale

    You certainly give good ideas and instructions. I especially liked the way that you showed
    us how to make the purse “our own.”
    Thank you

  • Reply October 7, 2014


    Thank you so much for this DIY. I love this bag and sewed them four times already.

    • October 8, 2014


      That’s so great Tine! I am so glad you like the pattern! :)


  • Reply October 28, 2014


    I love the bag! I just can’t seem to figure out how to do the zipper… Do you have a video or do you know if someone else did a video with a longer tutorial?

  • Reply December 3, 2014


    I made 2 of these today in heavier material and winter colors. Don’t let the title fool you they do not take 4 hours. I made both in about 2.5 hours total. Thanks for the pattern!

  • Reply December 7, 2014


    I have gathered my items to make this bag but I have one question. The 22′ zipper seems way too long for this bag. Did you use a shorter zipper?


  • Reply June 24, 2015


    This is freaking adorable.I want to learn how to sew just so that I can make this. Thank you so much!

  • Reply February 3, 2016


    I love this pattern and this bag! I have made two of them and have used the strap idea on another. I wish I could show you mine! Thanks so much for this tutorial, it was so easy!

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