One of the other projects I started a long time ago from the Heather Ross book was the "Everything Tote." I used Echino fabric I purchased on sale at the Purl Soho warehouse in Tustin. It has owls and deer on it!!!! I was so excited to make this new bag, but it was nothing but trouble! The instructions were atrocious and if you follow them, the handles turn out to be tiny and nothing like the picture. The amount of fabric needed is incorrect as well. The pattern calls for 1/2yd of the self and lining fabrics, but I think you need 1.25yd each.
What I did differently:
* Pleated instead of gathered the bag front and back
* Used a completely different handle treatment. The instructions did not make sense and there are many other ways to get the same look.
* I added buttons on either side and used a hair-tie as a quick closure.
* While cutting out the lining pieces, I accidentally cut into my fabric TWICE. This allowed me to practice my corner seam technique. They came out beautifully. :-P
One the plus side, this bag holds a whole lot and because I used an off-white lining, it is very easy to see and access all my "stuff." It's a great flea market bag!
Also, it can carry an assortment of dogs.
It turned out cute, but I would not recommend this pattern.