I had some flannel left from my mom's stash. Didn't think it would really hold up in a quilt, so I made it into a purse. I started out using Aunt Philly's Toothbrush Rugs oval pattern to make the base. From there I just did what I thought was logical to make the bag and handles. Yes, it did use up quite a bit of fabric, but I had it and didn't plan for it to be used any other way, so I just went for it. The handles were built right in to the bag, so I am fairly certain they will stay attached. The purse holds my planner, checkbook, cards, keys, a bottle of water, and an extra pair of mittens. (Don't know exactly how much material I used, but think it was 6+ yards.) Next time, I would probably just use inexpensive cotton fabric (not quilt store prices) and make the handles a little thinner, but keep the rest the same. Great project for travelling or watching the Olympics.
After being away for 31 years, we are finally home again. We are South Dakotans through and through, so this is were we want to spend our "retirement" years. My husband and I are getting ready to open a custom woodworking business with me being the paper pusher and the woodworker's apprentice. Along with that I am going to continue quilting and also work as a substitute teacher. Life is good!