After the aggravation of making my own handbag without a pattern, I bought the Highbrow Hobo pattern from U-Handbag to make a present for my soon-to-be-sister-in-law. It has a generous deep pocket between the straps on the outside and I added another pocket to the inside as it's rather capacious in there. Please take a minute to marvel at my first magnetic clasp.
I have the utmost respect for you bagmakers. They really do take a surprisingly long time to make. And require so much ironing. And topstitching. The toil is slightly mitigated by the pleasure I gain from sewing those rectangular cross thingeys on the straps.
And another, more straightfoward bag was made for my mother-in-law.
It's a perfect size for holding make-up or toiletries, with a boxed base so it stands up on it's own.
It's fully lined with dotty fabric and has covered fabric zipper ends for a neater finish.