The last bag I made is the same idea but with different handles. The material is the faux-suede that is popular now with embroidered flowers and (I don't know if you can see them) little sparkley bits all over. I interfaced all sides, in and out so it's pretty sturdy. I put in a pencil pocket (big surprise!!) and and open pocket. The handles are different and I actually like it this way I think more than the long shoulder straps on the other two. I used blue thread to zig-zag around the top edge and straight stitch along both edges of the handles. Again, I am pleased with how it turned out. For all three bags, I 'stitched in the ditch' along the sides to keep the lining from moving around so much, it made the bag feel more solid.
A pic of the open pocket:
No pic of the pencil pocket but I'm sure you can use your imagination.
Can't wait to start my next project!!
Thanks for looking!