I made this bag for the first time a long time ago, and have made quite a few since. It is great for making as a quick gift and can be easily adapted to different uses by changing the size of the bag and the length of the bindings. I love it so much I wanted to share it!
First off you need to cut two bag pieces and two top bindings (bag pattern here). If you want to line it you will need four bag pieces - two main fabric and two lining.
Next sew both sides of bag and bottom, leaving the cut out squares at the bottom edges.
Now match the side and bottoms seams and sew across opening.
At this stage if you are lining the bag place the lining inside the bag with wrong sides together. Mark the centres of the top edge and binding and pin with wrong side of bag to right side of fabric. Pleat excess fabric as needed and sew.
Fold over binding, tuck the edge under and sew down.
Cut out and join the handle/binding into a loop. Pin joins in handle/binding to side seams. Sew handle/binding sides.
Fold binding over and tuck edge in the same as with top edge binding. Sew all the way around over sides of bag and handles. Finished!
Quick, go make a bag. And if you do share a picture!