For the past several years, I learned to sew bags by following patterns. I still like to buy patterns to learn new techniques.
The first bag patterns I bought were Amy Butler bag patterns. I am very glad I got started using her patterns. The directions are clear and include lots of illustrations.
This bag is from the Madison Bags pattern. It includes a shoulder bag version, a handbag, version, and a flower pattern.
Here is the Uptown Handbag.
This is a neat bag however, I don't think I've used it once since I made this several years ago. I've been carrying bigger bags because I end up carrying my kids' stuff as well. I like being able to just shove-whatever-in my bag and go.
Enjoy your day!