I just finished this bag--yes, finished it! I am very good at starting projects, not so good at finishing them. But this one is done and listed on my Etsy shop. As I look at it, I have mixed feelings. Part of me loves the bold colors--the white, blue, and yellow plastic bags just went so nicely together--but the other part of me thinks that it's way too bright, and that my usual favorites (neutrals) are better.
This is only the second time I've lined a tote. Since I never do things exactly the same way twice, I made a few changes this way around. The top corners of the pockets are reinforced more strongly this time, and one pocket has a flap. Maybe next time I'll do a zippered pocket.
If you're not yet familiar with what I do--I work exclusively with recycled materials. The exterior of this one is crocheted with about 75 plastic bags donated by friends and Freecyclers (yay Freecyle!). The lovely soft gray lining fabric once covered the walls of a sound booth which has since been demolished. The handle and hardware came from an old purse I found at Goodwill (the body of the purse was stained and unusable).
I just finished ripping apart this bag. I used it heavily for a while, but it's just too small to be useful to me any more, and too worn to sell or give away. Besides, I was never happy with the handles. So I'm going to re-use the plarn to make a new handbag. I can't wait to get started--that big ball of lovely neutral beige and brown is just calling my name. :)