I got the oval handles and bag bling from EmmalineBags.com.
It can be used as a crossbody purse but also grabbed by the handles as a Tote. I wanted to use some accent fabrics for interest since the main body area is big. In order to keep the interest on the handles, the top edge shaping and the foldover I kept the construction simple. No pockets outside.
The bottom panel continues from front to back with no seam at the bottom.
The strap is adjustable and is connected to the bag with swivel clasps and D rings on the sides of the Tote. Those seams that hold the strap tabs were really secured. When making a big bag you have to think that it's going to get quite heavy so you should plan for it.
It closes with a recessed zipper on top.
Inside I added a zipper pocket. Maybe on the next one I'll add a slip pocket too with pen compartment since I see this Tote being used as a book back for college students.
So, what do you think? What feature catches your eye first?
Until next time. Happy Sewing!!!