I changed it up just a bit by using two strands of the accent shade and one of the main bag color in the handle, rather than 2 of the main color and one of the accent as the pattern directs. First, I thought doing this would add a little more brightness and fun to the finished product, which it did. Second, I was able to buy 1/4 yard less fabric than recommended, which means fewer scraps to add to my every growing collection!
I wasn't sure if I was going to add the snaps, but in the end I'm glad I did. They really do provide a nice shape to the bag, and also act as a closure of sorts.
I think that my friend will really like it. Hopefully it's professional enough for her to take to her new job, but if not, it will still look great walking around town on the weekends!