Just finished this bag last night for Li Li, who lives in Singapore. It was the least I could do after she sent me so much good stuff, including this amazing little book. I have to say, I'm very pleased with how this bag turned out. Originally, I was thinking of doing a knitted bottom portion, like this one Cassie made, but I don't knit, so when I found this fluffy fleece I just took a chance with it. The striped fabric is actually a (new) woven dishtowel. It's padded and the inside is lined with cotton chenile from a vintage bedspread. A simple applique, mother-of-pearl button, numbers twill-tape, and my "label" add some finishing touches. All the different elements add an interesting textural quality. I love the over-all effect. I used Velcro strips for the flap closure. Now off to wrap and ship this package..with a few *surprises* added, since I sort of let the cat out of the bag here.