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Might have to give this a try. easy purse pattern Handmade Gifts Easy DIY, Lined Tote Bag Tutorial
"This is a knitting pattern written in Japanese but the basic construction is easily hacked. Knit your own rectangles or this could easily be adapted as a way to upcycle old sweaters--felt wool sweater(s) then cut and join rectangles as shown. Could use store bought bag handles or stitch handle from additional felted sweater fabric, maybe around upholstery cording."