Not wanting to buy fabric I decided to use what I had in my stash. It's quite a large bag so I was a bit short but managed to improvise by adding a brown stripe down the side to give me the width I needed. For the fabric strap I was short again so made it with the two colours of the bag. You can see it better in the last photo.
Then came the short handles. These were supposed to be cord covered in fabric and knotted in the same way. My cord was too thin so I put six lengths together and plaited them. I was really pleased with how they turned out.
The colours are pretty plain so I decided to add a nice green zipper. There is also another zipper pocket inside and two slip pockets. The pocket on the outside is perfect for a cell phone.
This is the front of the bag.
I can't wait to make another of these bags and maybe next time I'll do fabric straps like in Sara's pattern. If you'd like to make one you can find the pattern in Sara's pattern shop or you can go over to Liz's blog, Moments. Liz is doing a giveaway and if you win you could get to choose three of Sara's bags. You have till the 10th July to join in the giveaway. Also make sure you pop over to Sara's blog to check out all the gorgeous bags the other testers made. The fabrics used are amazing.
~ Maria ~