I love this pattern. It is such a cinch. I took this picture, which turned out dark (sorry) to show off that since I didn't do a scrappy version of the outer bag...I did a fancy decorative stitch. I really like how the leaves complimented the focal fabric.
I did use a different idea for the handle...I love it! I will definitely do that again. I love the one strap versus two handles.
I used batting on the outer bag (scraps!), and I used a craft pellon on the inner lining so it is super sturdy.
I think my friend will love this Christmas present. Here is a shot of the inner lining...love the print.