I had been using this $4.99 Ikea tote bag to go back and forth to work. It says Ikea Food on it and is pretty utilitarian and ugly, but functional. It held my lunch, workout clothes, water bottle, etc. The zipper broke, plus it had a few worn spots.
It was the PERFECT size for my stuff with the PERFECT sized pockets, so I measured and made one just like it. I put water bottles in the pockets to show you the size.
The fabric I used was from the remnant table at Hancock Fabrics. It is some kind of outdoor fabric, very heavy. I lined it with a cotton I had in my stash. I bought a 22" zipper for the top and the webbing for the handles. Of course, I could not find my most recent JoAnn Fabrics coupon for the webbing. Isn't that always the way it is.
Anyway, it was super simple to make and went together a lot quicker than I expected. Maybe the drudgery of having to go back to work Monday (after 11 days off!) will be made lighter by having a new bag. Let's hope so.