I have just finished sewing a Birthday present for my niece Carmody. I had some dog material on hand and used that as well as some black homespun. I found this pattern in a issue of Handmade Volume 24 No. 10. This issue was printed in 2007. The design was called Afternoon Tea Bag. So using the dog material was very appropriate. Plus Carmody is a Ranger so it all falls together nicely. The pattern had used the "U" shaped handles with a curl on the end so the handles just slipped into the handle tabs. I had to do the pattern a bit differently because I used handles I had in my stash. I also used some iron on vilene on the lining. The pattern didn't call for any but I feel it makes the bag hang in place properly if it is lined with some sort of wadding.
One thing I am pretty pleased with is it is the first time I have used the magnetic clips to fasten the bag. Wow these things make the job so much easier. Now I will have to make a little purse to go with the bag. Back to the sewing machine.
Have a great weekend.