Here is the finished bag. I'd say overall the instructions were clear and if you have basic machine sewing skills this project was fairly easy. I do love that the pattern pieces in the back of the book are ready to cut out and use instead of needing to be enlarged and copied straight from the book.
Of course I love the patchwork look and I also love the braided straps , they give a little different texture and look to the bag.
I will definitely make this again. What a cute gift! Not sure what I will do with this one; use it, give it or stick it on etsy.