Having drawn a pattern on a sheet of greaseproof paper I felt that it would it would be best to cut out the sides of the bag in two halves and sew them together.
She is playing in a Roller Derby team so I decided to decorated the bag with embroidery - a roller skate and her Roller Derby name.
I enjoyed doing the embroidery and got the effect I wanted, eyelets for the bootlace were a little harder to get right and I had a little bit of trouble getting the lace through the fabric.
The handle gave me the most trouble - because the lining of the bag continues all the way up them. The zip I used may have been a little long. It can stick at the ends where the bag curves.
Overall I am very happy with how the bag has turned out, the bits I struggled with really were just the teething problems you would expect with a first time design.
I am looking forward to making one of these for myself as I like the style.