Let's get started!
Step 1: Pick Your Fabric!
Gather your fabric and measure out about how large you want your bag to be. I chose to do it as 14x30 in size (if doing in alternating patterns/colors, you will need to cut a total of 4 pieces - 2 for lining and 2 for outside)! Cut your fabric accordingly.
I flipped the fabric over so that half of my purse is pink and the other is green. Sew together. This creates the 'center' of the purse! (Do so with each set of pieces)
For the braided effect on the handle I cut out 3 long strips about 4 inches wide and 60 in length. Set aside.
*Note that you'll be doing each step twice for the inside and outside of the purse!*
Step 2: Basic Shape
Fold fabric in half, your purse should now start to be taking some shape :-)
Pin and sew side seams together.
Step 3: Boxing the Corners
Take the bottom corner of the bag and open it up opposite of how you just stitched the edges. You'll be creating a triangular 'roof' shape. You can either press open the seams or not, I liked them open. Pin.
Measure down about 2 inches and mark a line for reference. Stitch across this line. Backstitching is a good idea ;-)
Remove pins. (Do this to the other 3 corners).
It should look like this...