This is my fifth project. It is a large tote-bag made of thick velvet.
I made it large enough to accommodate my wide screen laptop since my regular bags can't fit it properly. The handles are heavy duty chain from the hardware store. The fabric is gathered towards the top of the bag (very difficult to photograph properly ) which I thought would be a great contrast against the cutesy gathered velvet. I also used a heavy duty zipper which ties in the look just fine.
This bag was a beast to sew though. I broke two needles and finally decided to sew in the lining by hand. My poor machine couldn't handle all that upholstery weight velvet and several layers if interfacing! The lining is electric blue. It makes me happy every time I open my bag