This bag could be a challenge for a beginner. It wasn’t too bad for me because I am used to working with upholstery fabrics. The instructions are easy enough but the thickness of the fabric specifically when working the shoulder piece presents some difficulty. Case in point: I had to cut and sew the tab piece 3 different times to accommodate the thickness where the two shoulder straps meet. This tab wraps around that bulk and is slip stitched together. I also tacked the tab to the straps to keep it from flipping around.
I used an upholstery fabric remnant from Joann’s. The pattern calls for interfacing. This fabric has a plastic coating on one side, so I did not use interfacing. I used a powder blue soft cotton canvas for the inside lining. I wished I had used something flashier.
For the inside pocket, I used a striped satiny upholstery fabric left over from some curtains I made. Tiny oversight, the pocket is supposed to be attached inside below the loop closure. Oooops.
Overall, I like the titanic size of this bag and think it turned out well for a first of sorts. I am traveling next week with my two kids in tow. I think this will be perfect for carrying our travel accouterments.