With encouragement from my new customer and friend Myra, I made a bag for myself!
I didn't design this bag (gasp!), I used Simplicity 2685. It was so nice to sew from a pattern for once! The only things I changed were the handles and the tab with the button. I have a policy about bags--they can only have one handle. So that's what I did. I didn't like the way the pattern said to sew the tab, so I did it my own way. I think my way looks better!
I used Amy Butler's Nigella line---the Wood Fern print in khaki. I'm not sure why it's called khaki because it's bright green (the color is best represented in the second photo below). The fabric is home decor weight, which is nice. I lined the bag in a tan Kona cotton and included a zippered pocket and 3 smaller pockets on the other side. I also interlined with craft fuse and fleece interfacings. It's super sturdy and ready to go! I love it!