The finished result is so pretty. My friend is thrilled of course. I got it done just in time for an event at the kindergarten this morning. She was so happy.
I got a free pattern from my local fabric store at Aeon. I modified it slightly (as you do). I lined this bag with bright blue broadcloth, picked up from one of the flower colors. I've also lined it with quite stiff sew-in interfacing so it keeps its shape. It almost stands on its own. Even full.
I'm very pleased with the overall result. It took about 2 hours to make so it's a very manageable project and not at all difficult, perhaps beginner to intermediate level.
It's full of all her daily essentials but still looks great.