Lots of pictures!
This is the Taxi Tote from "Seams to Me" by Anna Maria Horner. I wrote about this a week ago, confidently predicting a speedy finish - ha!
My hessian strap-strengthening ploy added complications to the whole bias-binding process and it took me about 4 hours to finish this on Saturday, on top of a previous 8 hours'-worth of work.
Of course, it was only when I had finished that I read the instructions and discovered there was a much easier way to apply the bias binding... and that it should have been two inches wide, not one inch. Sigh!
I have total respect for those who make bags for a living. So many considerations: strength, dimensions, pockets, fastenings - phew!
The Taxi Tote from "Seams to Me"
Fabrics used: Echino bird / tree upholstery-weight cotton (from an Ebay seller); Amy Butler Coriander pink print lining; blue cotton canvas found in the house when I moved in; and bias binding made from cotton chambray remnants from one of last summer's skirts.
Embroidery pattern: Hummingbird from "Sublime Stitching Craft Pad". Applique flower, my own improvisation.
Hessian strap: Webbing intended for upholstery-making, bought from Ebay.