I recently finish my first Poolside Tote at Christmas time (Pattern - Here ) for my mom as a gift. I actually started it at home and then dragged it and my sewing machine along with me as I was out of town for work right before the holidays. A little risky as I had not read the pattern or sewn the bag before. Not the best plan when you are in a hotel room for three days with only your travel tools.
Luckily I can say that this pattern was easy to follow and I didn't have any trouble with the construction of the bag. I really like how it came out. So much that I decided to make it again. But this time I am going with a canvas base for the outside since it can still be a little floppy of a bag for my taste.
So for round two I am going with a gray canvas and a pink/plum print.
Can't wait to see how it turns out!