I did it! This bag took me nearly a year to complete, but I am very happy with it.
This is the Urbanista Hobo Bag by Paradiso Designs. I don't know that anyone remembers when I got this. I met Cheryl, the talent behind Paradiso at the quilt show in November. She even donated that awesome red pleather you see around the top, bottom and on the straps. I have to say working with pleather is really not that bad, and Cheryl offers a lot of advice on how to do it. This pattern kept getting pushed aside between moves and procrastination, nearly finished, for months. My old tote is shot and I knew it was time to make a new one.
How cute is that red pleather alligator bottom? I love how funky the whole bag is between the red alligator and Echino typewriters.
I did change the straps up some. The pattern has you do an awesome through the side and buttoned technique, but I wanted my strap to be a little longer, but at the time I got a bit overwhelmed with the directions. I would not suggest this as a first bag project for people. I would try my hand at the strap as directed though, it is very cute.
The inside is filled with pockets, which is perfect for me. I love my new tote.