Here it goes...simple simple.
This is a large bag finishing at approximately 13 X 8 in and 16 in deep.
This bag takes up less than a yard. You can probably make 3 bags with 2 yards. I suggest a heavier weight fabric for durability. I always ask the bagger to load them up.
There are 5 pieces to this pattern.
1 large piece which will be the front, bottom and back of the bag - 13 in X 45 in
2 side panels - 9 in X 18 in
2 straps - 4 in X 24 in
Sorry you are straining your neck right now to read this, but I don't know why it keeps rotating my pic.
Straps : Fold strap in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing and iron. Unfold and turn both edges lengthwise 1/2 in and iron. Refold in half and sew along both edges. Strap should finish at about 1.5 inches Body of Bag : 4 seams total
Pin length of large piece (13 in X 45in ) to one of the side panel going along the length (18 in) across the width (9 inches ) and back up the length. Sew. Repeat with other side panel. The large panel is now the front, bottom and back side of the bag like a big U.
Hem top a double fold hem. Turn under 1/2 in and turn again 1.5 inches and sew along bottom of hem. Top stitch around top of bag 3/8 in from top.
Attaching handles : last step. Pin handles in place approx. 1.5 inches from side seam. Again sorry about diagram. You can either sew handles to inside or outside of bag. It is just a matter of preference. Make sure to box stitch and X through for support. These babies are going to have to put up with a lot of abuse.
I also came across this crocheted bag pattern at the purl bee and I think I may give it a shot. I've got to try at least one, it is so cute.