I bought a pattern from Nap Kitten. It's The Zippered Hobo Bag with Knots. I just noticed is not on her shop right now. Maybe it needs to be restocked. It's been on my list for a while now because I wanted to make bags with that kind of zipper closure. So I've made two of them already.
This design is a simple one with no pockets in the exterior. Both bags I made using canvas fabric interfaced with Pellon SF101. I like the relaxed feeling the bags have. I omitted the beautiful knots for now because I used prints. I think the knots work better with a solid exterior fabric. Here's a picture of the bag shown with the pattern. Aren't those knots beautiful?
Although it's a very nice bag the instructions can be a bit tricky if you've never made a bag before. The pictures help a lot. There's no mention of opening the zipper before closing off the exterior main pieces after the zipper is already attached. That can lead to a bit of a problem when you can only access the zipper from the back and is closed!! On the first bag I opened it first but on the second I forgot. Maybe I got too confident. I just reached to it through a little hole where the strap tabs will go. :-) I just need to make a note for the next time. I also opted to use a leather strap for these. The pleats on the bottom are very nice and give the bag to such a nice rounded bottom.
In the interior there's the usual zipper and slip pockets. I lined both with quilting weight fabric. This one is a bag you can make in a day with time to spare.
Both bags are available in my etsy shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com