So, I got the bias tape on last night - finally. I ended up sewing the seam first, and then sewing the tape on top - which is probably what you're supposed to do, I realized later. Silly me! I saw this bag pattern on Tasha's blog and she was so sweet and sent me the pattern - Mahalo, Tasha! Learning from what she didn't like about hers, I opted for a thicker handle. The black fabric is a looser-weave fabric (part of the bias tape problem), and I appliqued a doll on each side. I made a mistake with the lining - I cut it out with all the dolls facing the side, instead of up, but in a combination of laziness and loving the fabric too much to waste it, I just let it go. I'm liking the fabric/combo - very Russian Winter. It will be fun for the Holidays, I think! I am glad that I made this for myself, though, as it turned out cute - but very not perfect. Maybe the next one will be better - I think it would be great out of light, spring fabrics, too.
My husband's comment? Stuff's going to fall out of there.