Isn't it pretty? I'm so pleased with how it turned out!
I followed this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew (seriously amazing website if you ever want to sew anything) and then I amended it a bit to add this band around the top.
It has sturdy handles which are actually sewed in with five stitches and still manages to look nice.
And the bottom is flattened with that neat corner stitch, which I like. It makes carrying books so much easier.
It is a simpler bag than many I've seen, because it doesn't have a lining. The designer uses french seams to finish the inside, so there are no loose or fraying edges anywhere. I've never been able to figure out what a french seam is, until this tutorial. Now it makes sense! And they aren't even hard. :)
Thanks, Irene, for such a clear and helpful tutorial!