Here is a great idea! Sew Spoiled (Leah Williams) featured a large weekender tote bag in the March issue of Sew News, but was not happy about how the pattern was featured. SO...
she is hosting a SEW ALONG to make the bag.
This is a photo from her site of a completed bag:
I am going to join the sew along in an attempt to get my sewing mojo back and in operation. Here is the timeline:
Go to her blog for details: http://www.sewspoiled.blogspot.com/ The post outlining the rules is from April 14/2010.
And the free pattern is at her website: http://www.sewspoiled.net