I'm going to start this post out by calling myself out... Seasonal Affective Disorder has had its way with me. Sorry for the lack of posts.
This bag took a few attempts. So I also apologize for not having photos for each step. I kind of lost the motivation after I scraped the second bag.
Links will be in the supplies so you can be sure to get the correct sizes.
Few notes on the supplies.
What does NOT work on this bag.
Don't glue the hinge on and don't use brads(hinge is too heavy). Blank pin backs work perfectly, I think thats what they're called. My niece is in the Army Reserves, she calls them "Damn its" because they fall off in basic training all the time. They worked great for me. I'll update the post in a month or so and let everyone know if they're still on.
The vinyl is from a local fabric store, I can't find it online. Its waterproof, weatherproof, and antimicrobial. If you order from Fabrics.com Here is a link to some coupons
**Update** I've been carrying the bag for about 4 weeks. Hinge looks great, and is holding up well. **
Again, I apologize that I didn't photograph each step. Basically you're making MADE: DINO on a larger scale, without the bottom seam.
STEP 1: Cut the vinyl to the size you want. If you like the size of mine, its 16.5" x 34"
If you don't want a lining make sure you clean up the seams. Pinking shears work great. The top seam will be exposed, lining or not.
STEP 2: Sew up both sides of the bag, square off the bottom corners.
STEP 3: Cut you leather strap in half. Fold it in half width wise and stitch it down. Leave about an inch on each end. Go slow and use a needle made to go through leather.
STEP 4: Place the handles(facing down) where you would like them on the bag. Mine are 4 inches from the seam. Hold with a paperclip and stitch them down. Use a pretty aggressive stitch. You don't want the handles to rip off.
STEP 5: Cut out your lining, it should be the same size as your bag. Sew it up the same was you did the bag.
STEP 6: Pin the door hinges on the sides of the bag. The pin backs should be on the inside of the bag.
STEP 7: Slide the lining in the bag with wrong sides facing.
STEP 8: Fold the top seam down about an inch. Paper clip it in place and top stitch all round.
OPTIONAL: I added pockets to my lining and a snap from MADE: DINO
Thanks For The Photos Geof