After a bajillion months of perusing these pages and drooling over everyone's totes, I've finally made 2 myself.
Thank you, Jordy. Thank you everyone who posted pics of your own fabulous bags.
FYI: My bags measure 16x14. The straps are about 41x3. I cut the body pieces with a 1/2 inch seam allowance; the bottom squares I cut 2 1/4". For the patches, I used iron-on transfer paper and acrylic felt. I fused them to the bags for stability, then embroidered around them. I made these for my teaching assistants at the court reporting/stenography school where I work, so the patches reflect that.
I love the fabric I used to line the black bag. I've got more of it so it'll be showing up in future projects. I attempted to line the striped one in a burgundy t-shirt fabric but the stretch was way too much. I ended up using a black pillowcase instead.
If you're thinking about making one of these bags, do. You'll be soooo happy you did.