add suitable fabrics...
and make it your own.
As I didn't have suitable ric rac or lace for my bright fabrics I just used binding for decoration.
No buckle - just use a band of fabric and a button on the handle.
I actually used two buttons like the pattern to attach the two ends of the handle!
I am very happy with this bag and it is quite a good size, I'll take it to work this afternoon for a test drive.
Pattern from Handmade Vol 24 No 9 - Ready for Afternoon Tea by Ann Francene Dimmer.
I did of course alter the method of construction to obtain a cleaner finish on the bag, with the only hand sewing being the buttons.
The sun is shining outside and I have walked by the beach, not silly enough to go in like some.
Hope your week is off to a great start.