They started off this way.
And, this was the final product. TAAaaa- Daaaaaa....
I cut off the cuffs to make handles. My all time favorite embellishment is buttons, so I sewed them on each of the handles and at the point where the handles are attached to the bag. That was a lot more work than I planned on but I think it looks pretty nice. The light blue ribbon on the back of the handles is to keep the button stitching in place. It is hot glued on to help keep it strong.
Wal-Mart has some great material, found this bright sunflower cotton material that I thought would be perfect inside the bag. It really brightens it up AND hides all the stitching and my mistakes!!