I think this bag is going to be my favorite. I love that you can open it almost flat to easily find your stuff. I won’t be using it as a handbag because it might be too easy for small items to fall out, but it’s called a picnic bag, and it will be perfect for carrying snacks to the beach. Since on occasion it will likely be holding a significant amount of weight, I will be doing something to reinforce the handles, and I may use another method to attach the handles on the next one I make.
You can find a pattern and instructions for the picnic bag, along with some other great tutorials, at sewtakeahike.