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I have been making and sewing since I can remember & have also worked as an accessory designer & pattern maker for a number of years.

I love hand-made but don't believe it should equal messy or ...

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Mystery Plait Hobo Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Mystery Plait Hobo Bag
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Mystery Plait Hobo Bag instructions

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • trim seams as required
  • make basic pleats
  • fuse interfacing
  • follow detailed instructions
  • stitch at varying seam allowances, including close to edge
  • fold over and iron edges

Pattern Description:

The handle of this tote is braided using the super-cool "mystery plait" technique used in traditional leather crafting. I've adapted it to make in fabric so that the handle emerges seamlessly from the body of the tote, giving a unique designer look & satisfyingly thick, strong handle. The base has a pleated detail to give a soft, up-to-date shape.

Please note measurements within the instructions are written in centimetres only (not inches). For a handy online converter I recommend

The tote is fully lined with an internal pocket & is a great practical everyday size.

-1 Instruction file with 7 pages of clear step-by-step instructions with photographs and drawings. The instructions assume basic sewing experience but are highly detailed & can be followed by an advanced beginner sewer.
-2 Pattern files. 1 file is sized for printing on A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper, the other for printing on US Letter (8.5" x 11") size. YOU ONLY NEED TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT ONE. The pattern can be printed on your home printer at 100% scale, taped together & cut.

This design would suit medium to heavyweight cotton, canvas, linen, denim, etc.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 29cm / 11.4" across at widest point
  • 25cm / 10" high from base to opening
  • 13cm / 5" base depth
  • Handle drop 24cm /9.5"
  • see dimensioned diagram in photos


  • Medium to heavyweight fabric for exterior & facing: 1.25 m / 50" length
  • fusible (iron-on) medium -heavyweight interfacing approx. 80 x 70 cm / 32 "x 30"
  • Medium to heavyweight fabric for lining: approx. 50cm / 20" length. (NOTE: choosing a lining which is not too lightweight will help add structure to the tote)
  • Sewing machine needle suitable for heavy weight fabrics (eg. Denim)
  • domestic sewing machine (no need for zig zag or zipper stitching)
  • iron
  • tailor's chalk
  • pins
  • handstitching needle
  • scalpel knife & cutting board
  • scissors
  • clear sellotape for joining paper pattern

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