A big Ta-Da ... finished the tote bag for my friend's birthday present. Came together really well, even though I lost the strap! Had to cut and make a new one which wasn't a problem, just a bit annoying. I attached a magnetic snap on the inside so that it doesn't flop around. The bag seems to be quite big to me, but my friend is 5'11", so she'll be able to use it and not have it drag on the ground (like it does with me!).
With the pocket, I put an inverted pleat in the front so that it could hold lots, without gaping.
Well, the next plan is to actually clean up after all this lovely making mess ... that's NOT the fun part!
Smiles, Mrs R