I created a pattern for the main shape of the bag which I have for you to print at the bottom of this post. Just click on the picture and it should print out on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. This is a really easy pattern without too many steps.
I have never done piping before, so I created a sort of faux piping for this bag. It's just a small strip of fabric sewed in the seam.
Here is a cut list for all the pieces you are going to need.
Once everything is cut out, pin the top band to the top of the bag piece. Since the bag is wider than the band this is where you create the pleats. I pinned them so they looked even.
Now that you have it pinned where you want, stitch across the top of the bag.
For the "piping" take the strip of fabric and fold it in half and press.
With the right sides together pin the piping around the bag. Make sure the "piping" is pinned toward the inside of the bag.
Stitch all around the side seams and around the bottom of the bag.
For the handles press the fabric in on both sides and then fold in half and press. Stitch up both sides. (If you would like a firmer strap you could add interfacing to them.)
On outside of bag pin handles and stitch.
For the lining...
Sew the lining band to the lower bag lining.
**Now is the time to add a pocket if you like. You can customize it to any size you like**
With right sides together stitch around the lining sides and bottom leaving an opening for turning out.
Pin lining to bag with right sides together, stitch across the top.
Flip and sew lining closed.
For the bow sew around with right sides together leaving a opening for turning out. Turn out and stitch opening closed.
Do the same for the bow's "knot".
Secure bow to bag by hand stitching it in place.
I used red gingham and a tan linen fabric. I have never done piping before so I did sort of a faux piping by putting a small strip of contrasting fabric between the front and back of the bag.
I also made one in a red fabric with a mini one for my daughter :)