Are you new to sewing? Have a sewing machine but haven't dusted it off in years? I came up with this project for you. It's not a huge commitment in time or fabric, and turns out pretty cute (if I do say so myself). This bag is not lined, but because I'm using duck cloth (a type of canvas) and finishing the inside seams, it is casual but sturdy, simple but elegant.
First, you'll need to choose which size bag you'd like to make. They're just slightly different sizes (and the measurements below are just the bag's body... without the handles). Also, you'll need to make sure your machine can handle duck cloth. More heavy duty machines will have no trouble with it, while older or cheaper machines may not be able to handle it. If you're worried about your machine, try using sewing needles made for denim or try out a lighter fabric before attempting the duck cloth. Other good options would be linen, a linen-cotton blend, or a lighter home decor weight fabric.
For the bow, I used linen - but you can use any home decor weight fabric or even quilting cotton.
Now that you've finished the bow, it's time to cut the pieces for your bag. Here's where you can decide which size bag you'd like. For a smaller bag, cut two straps 3.5" x 23" and 2 body pieces 12" x 15". For a larger bag, follow the instructions below.