estaki - your totes are fabulous! I love the colors and the fabrics. I wish I had seen this thread a while back. I've made about four of these bags. Did you use the batting as the directions said?? The one I used batting on (it was with a silky brocade not cotton) came out a little wonky. The other three were made out of home dec fabrics and worked better for me...nothing inside since the fabric was stiff enough.
Your's are definitely gorgeous though
I did use the batting as directed - its the first time I have ever used batting so it was a learning experience (plus I have quite rough skin on my hands and I kept 'catching' on the batting!
). The fabrics are fairly thin quilting cottons so the batting gives them a wonderful sponginess which I love. I think if I were to use a thicker cotton like some of my echino fabrics I might forego the batting altogether.