Hart's (15 minutes in a fabric store--a record for me!) and I selected a wheat-colored canvas for the handles and Art Gallery's Cubisme quilting cotton for the lining. (And yes, for those who know the area, I was about a mile from the ocean at Hart's but a trip to the beach wasn't in the cards that day...)
I had to make some judgement calls on the stitching around the top of the bag--I wanted it to blend in with the fabric (mostly since my stitches were being all wacky), so I couldn't sew over the tan straps with my blue thread. I started and stopped at the junction and then hand-stitched the facing at those locations on the inside.
Metal zippers make everything look more awesome!
The bag is BIG, but designed just right so it doesn't drag on the ground while holding it by the handles (even for short me!). Perfect for blanket, book, and lunch (and sunscreen, water bottle, etc. etc.).
Inspiration for a trip to the beach? We'll see... :)