I originally made a smaller black bag and embroidered the flower onto it but while putting it together my sewing machine freaked out again and ripped a big hole in it so I dug out some extra fabric from making a kilt for my husband about a year ago. This is what I ended up with and I really like it.
This is a red and maroon rose on my plaid bag.
this is the other side, I'm a colorful person so I thought a bunch of really colorful and basic flower would be cool
close up again
close up of green flower
close up of orange flower
close up of what will soon be purple flowers
I have used this bag for shopping, it will hold a gallon of milk and some other smaller items. There is no lining because I didn't like th way it looked in this bag and I left the outside edges unfinished because this fabric looks really neat when it frays a little so I just added a zigzag stitch around the edge so it doesn't fray too much.
I'm hoping to make a whole bunch more shopping bags in the near future since this on was such a success.