This bag takes three pattern pieces and about 30 minutes of your time. That's it. It's easy enough a beginner can make it. It may look a bit boring, but it's perfect as a library book bag or a grocery tote. It's self lining so it's heavy duty and super easy. Next week I'm going to show you how to add some details to this pattern. It's going to get some interior pockets (of course) and some fun on the outside of the bag as well.
For the handles, fold them in half lengthwise and sew the side seam. Turn the handles and press flat. Turn in the raw edges on the ends of the handles by about 1/4". Position at the top and sew down. Mine are spaced two inches in from the corners or about 4" from the side seam.
That's it. 30 minutes to a basic bag. It's ready for the grocery store or the library.