This is the tote bag I've been working for . . . well, far too long. The pattern is Crabapple Hill's Posy Pocket Purse. I like it well enough—other than having to sew with many layers: inside with pockets, quilting fleece, outside with pockets—but I don't like the pocket construction. She has you sew it on last, by hand, after everything else is finished. It looks nice, but I don't know how sturdy it will be. (I know myself, and I am prone to cram everything but the kitchen sink in a pocket, sometimes with no regard as to whether it will fit.) I'm thinking I may buttonhole around the outside edge for some added stability—or maybe a row of cross stitches, bracketed by backstitching. (Not my original idea; it came from someone on the Hand Embroidery list.)
And here's a closeup of the pocket. Stitching is done with DMC floss, and the little pockets are plant-dyed wool felt—I forget just where I bought it, but it was one of the sites that cater to Waldorf schoolers. The buttons came from The Stash.