Not sure which post I should have replied under, since it's a combination of both. This is my second bag, ever, and unfortunately I have to give it to my sister for her birthday. Don't you hate it when you make something for someone, it totally rocks, and then you want to keep it? Ugh, the dicotomy of all that is crafty.
So here goes.....I added an adjustable strap because even though I'd carry it diagonally cross-torso, she may carry it like a standard purse. It has a magentic snap (btw, the Walmart one was too strong, and I got a smaller one), adjustable strap made from 2 D rings, an exterior pocket on the back, a small pocket inside, and a whole row of pen holders also on the inside. The flower is from felted sweaters, sew togehter and then permanent fabric glued on -- much easier than sewing the whole thing on. The strap is army surplus webbing, as is the stripe across the bag. The interior and exterior are both heavy twill, interfaced, too. This is one structured bag, even if in the photos it doesn't appear to be (it's empty). Oh, and I structured the bottom using 2 pieces of plastic needlepoint grid stuff taped together as a double thickness, then I inserted it right before I closed up the lining at the very end.
Feel free to ask questions!
PS for all you Philly girls out there, the webbing and material were purchased at Jomar in South Philly. Fabric was about $2/yard. Webbing was .59 a yard or so.http://img23.photobucket.com/albums/v68/sporkie/Karen%20bag/PICT0176.jpghttp://img23.photobucket.com/albums/v68/sporkie/Karen%20bag/PICT0170.jpghttp://img23.photobucket.com/albums/v68/sporkie/Karen%20bag/PICT0179.jpghttp://img23.photobucket.com/albums/v68/sporkie/Karen%20bag/PICT0172.jpg