This is a medium-sized tote bag made using Erin Michael's Uptown collection. It was out a few years ago and I bought lots of it. Lots of it. I'm finally getting to the point in my fabric collecting where I look at my stash and feel appalled instead of energized, so I'm making a real effort to use some of my favorites.
My feelings about this bag are mixed. I sort of wish I hadn't combined the birds with the strippy panels, as I think it may all be too busy. And I already have two pink homemade handbags. (I still carry the second; the first, a prototype, has been relegated to the "What was I thinking?" shelf.)
But I did a pretty nice job on the construction, and I'm happy to have used some of the birds in something I'll see frequently, instead of in a quilt I'd give away and never see again, and I learned something new by trying a new technique for the strap. So we'll call it a qualified success, and move hastily on to the next thing.
(If you want to make a strippy handbag of your own, I wrote up a tutorial about a thousand years ago and just moved it over to TypePad. Please forgive the formatting; I haven't updated it to comply with the Web standards of the 19th century, much less the 21st.)