I was commissioned by one of my Aunt's friends half way around the world to reproduce a bag for her. The original was a Vera Bradley. An ancient version of the Villager http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?dept=7&sku=10326%3a38
done in a crazy chicken/farm theme. Alice just wanted plain black.
First I made a prototype to make sure I got all the bits down just right. The only fabric I found that I could spare and was about the same weight was a tapestry remnant and a baby pink cotton for the lining.
As you can see. it holds TONS of stuff in all of its side pockets and one velcro outside pocket. My neighbor calls it my Marry Poppins carpet bag. There always seems to be something in there for her kid.
Then I moved on to the real thing. I used pre-quilted two sided black fabric. This saved me from doing the quilting and I didn't have to line it. I used a gorgeous royal blue for the accents. I found out later this was Alice's favorite shade. *psychic* The final also has a zipper and only one long strap, as requested.