What are you most proud of? The center ties are an important part of the function of the 18-1/2" wide, 14" tall travel tote. Is it easily over-stuffed with clothes and kept secure sinching it closed with centered ties made from the same printed cotton liner fabric. What advice would you give someone starting this project? My tip is to "stay sharp." Upholstery fabric is thick and sturdy. I always use a new needle for hassle-free, flawless sewing when constructing bags and totes made from upholstery fabric. There's nothing more frustrating than picking out stitches that went wrong. Use a new needle and you'll be smiling and sewing all day long.