I made myself a bag to carry around when we go on a trip next month!!
On each side there is a large pocket to fit a water bottle or umbrella or phone. I even bought the cord and cord locks to make it look professional.
The back has a wide pocket, I slipped a magazine in there so you could see how wide it is. I couldn't get a good picture of the inside, but it is divided in half by a large zipper pocket, and there are pockets on both sides of the lining. The whole thing zips shut to keep everything inside safe and sound.
This is a picture of the pattern -- it is great. If you think it is as wonderful as I do you can get it here.
I used Soft and Stable interfacing for the main parts of the bag. It really makes it stand up and look good!
I scaled it down so it is 2 inches shorter and narrower - I'm a small person, and the bag was just a little too big for me.
You know how when you make something, you know every little thing that didn't turn out quite as you wanted? I love the bag, and will be happy to carry it around and use it... but I will make a few confessions. I did not realize that my fabric was directional!! Arrgh! Now when I look at it I see that I've got things pointing all different directions.
And I bought these cute little purse feet, and some how I didn't get them put on before I sewed in the lining. Now I'm going to have to try to figure out if I can manage to get them on from the outside. Oh well. I love my bag anyway!