So I have been toying for some time with opening an Etsy shop. I sew for a couple of friends on a regular basis and I figured I would give it a go for trying to make some money. I am a big fan of sewing bags because they can so easily be personalized for different people and occasions. I am starting with this basic design, however I know I want to make changes to it. This is how the giveaway will work. To enter, please leave me a comment about what you like in a tote bag. Here are some of my thoughts: first, I am wondering if the bag needs to be any bigger. The bag is 12" across, 9.25" deep and 13.75" tall. Also, I feel that the bag needs to be lined and have some pockets inside. Currently, the bag is not stiff, as you can see in the pictures where it is hanging (I stuffed it in the other pics to give the idea of the overall shape). Should I make the bag stiffer so it holds its shape, or should I leave it loose so you can fill it for the beach or wherever you may use it. When I decide on my final design, should I do the straps with a contrasting fabric or leave it the same?