What are you most proud of? It only took me one morning to put together. Yes I have sewing skills - but not bag making skills - and I am quite a novice when it comes to zips. Everything worked like a dream - even the patterns on the sides matched up when I hadn't been concentrating on them. I couldn't believe the ease with which the zip went in. So in short, I'm most proud of ALL OF IT. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The pattern is a tutorial style pattern - the instructions are clear and well planned. Just follow them and you too will end up with a lovely tote. The finished look is so professional that this makes an ideal present for others but I can guarantee you wont want to give your first one away.