I managed, against all odds, to finish this. That's a really easy-looking tutorial, right?! Wowee, what fun, I said to myself.
The tension on my sewing machine is very iffy and no matter how you do it, it only goes right every...3 times you re-thread the machine. This means the thread may break at any time, or get loopy in the back or whatever the hell else thread wants to do wrong. Annoying. Also while I was sewing, the needle snapped in three pieces. I still haven't found one of them. Maybe it flew up my nose and is currently lodged in my brain. That could explain why I feel dumber than when I started.
Not to mention finding acceptable-looking fabric at JoAnn's is like looking for the Arc of the Covenant. It may or may not exist. If it does, its probably buried very deep, and its going to kill you to find it. I guess most people who sew go on the internet to find their lovely designer fabric. I managed to get this one with shoes (wtf?) that isn't too bad.
In the end, the goddamn fabric shrunk so much during prewash, that I was only able to make the bag half the size I wanted it to be, so now it's totally unsuitable for its intended purpose, which was to be a swim/gym bag for myself. Now its more like a purse. What a scam.
The straps were also twisted, even though I swear I had them in there straight when I sewed it up. I tried to fix this but only one one side, and I found that to be the least valuable endeavor I've ever attempted. So one is twisted? Well too bad, nobody will ever notice.
Oh, and I added a pocket.
Ugh point me towards the handbag store. :(