JoAnne of Keller, Texas made this pretty tote and she has some good advice:
"I made my binding a bit wider than usual and used my zipper foot to sew the sides seams. Then I hand sewed the binding down as usual. I only had about an inch or so to handsew at the top of each side seam. I machine stitched my handles on also."
Nice job, JoAnne! I wish I had thought of using a zipper foot. It makes the bag stronger, and it's easier on the hands too!
See JoAnne's blog at: http://nappinnanaquilts.blogspot.com/
To see the tutorial for this bag that appeared here a while back, visit: http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/great-big-tote-bag.html