A couple of years I go I was at Fabricland and found several purse handles on a very good sale and since it is hard for me to resist a real bargain I bought four, planning at some point to make my daughter and three daughters-in-law bags for Christmas.
I really wanted to try some things I had never done before and "Intarsia crochet" was new to me and I also wanted to do some felting. I found this pattern at:ravelry.com/patterns//viktoria-purse. I used: patons yarns classic wool .
It did take me a while to make and I seemed to have a little trouble keeping count of stitches so did a bit of taking out in the process but I am satisfied with the end result . I will try other patterns like this.
I lined the bag and attached the handles with grosgrain ribbon sewn between the lining and the outside
There are many tutorials for bag lining online here is one:simple-lining-tutorial
There are many instructions for felting wool. Here is a link: easy felting tutorial
I will share the other three bags I made on another post.