I like the blue bag I made recently, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted. So while I was in the bag making mood, I got to work on another one. And I'm very happy with how this one turned out. It's the right size and shape, and I love the colors and all the pockets.
As with the blue one, I used upholstery samples that were given to me by my niece. I used cream colored suede, brown leather and brown tweed. For the lining, I used a piece of medium weight brown cotton that was left over from another project.
I started with this pattern, but changed it quite a bit.
I've used this pattern a lot as I like the general shape and size. My finished bag is 10-1/2" tall and 12" wide. The bottom panel is 4-3/4" wide and the side narrows down to 2" wide at the top. I put a zippered pocket on each size on the outside (1 small and 1 large) and 1 small one on the inside.
I used a plastic jacket zipper for the opening. I find these work great as they're strong enough, but light-weight and easy to open. I use split rings as pulls on all the zippers. These are inexpensive, come in different sizes, easy to grab hold of and they never fall off.
This was one of those rare projects that goes together quick and easy and turns out as great as you hoped.