Last summer I bought this cute little straw bag with a raffia zebra on the front. It was $12 I think. Sadly, it was replacing a much, much more expensive straw bag that I'd gotten rid of a mere few months before when I moved because I hadn't used it in a couple of years. I did donate it to the salvation army, but still, I really can't afford to be tossing expensive things away. So, naturally, as these things go, I suddenly had a desire for a straw bag again once it got warm out. I wasn't about to go out and spend a lot of money on a new one and luckily ran across this cute one somewhere. Probably Marshall's. And for $12, I figured it was worth it even if it only made it a season. The inside lining was very cheap, as were the handles, and I assumed that by the end of season, the straw would be unraveling. As it happened, the straw is still in perfect condition. But the handles were dirty and coming apart.
I sewed together the lining pieces ( took a little experimenting) and pinned into the bag along with the new black bamboo handles that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics.