I really like to make "useful bags". This one is great to take shopping or to sit and sew groups, as it is capacious, and has a generous internal and external pocket. I have shown two variations of patchwork which illustrate that your own choice of patchwork designs can be adapted, whether you are a traditionalist, or prefer a more contemporary style. I really like the fact that the detail of the piecing carries through into the strap, and that the shape of the bag is maintained by the interesting use of buttons, even though the boxed corners mean that there is a generous "gusset" shape to the bag. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY you should feel competent using your sewing machine, and creating your own patchwork design, to work with the given template sizes. The following skills are illustrated and explained carefully with step by step photographs: using freezer paper templates; cutting them out with a 1/4" seam allowance; making a simple tassel; boxing the corners to make a roomy bag; pulling the top of the bag together, using a pleat and button method.