Gabriel and Mara were both immediately enthralled. They sat at the table watching me sew pieces, turn them right side out, fiddle with pins, and put almost the entire thing together. I did everything except attach the straps last night. I finally stepped away from the machine when I realized the kids should have been put to be half an hour before.
This morning, I woke up excited to finish the purse. I got dressed, got the kids breakfast, and sat down to pin and sew the last pieces onto the tote. 15 minutes later (maybe less...) I had a bag done! This leaves me with a problem, though... I originally cut the tote for a charity collection, along with five others, but ran out of hand-sewing steam at the sixth. So now I have a bag sitting around with no purpose. I would just use it, but... it's not quite my style. I don't want to hold on to something I'm never going to use...
The finished bag
Close up of the pattern