Starting March 1st in NYS plastic shopping bags will no longer be allowed. I wanted a bag to shop (other than for groceries - have other cloth bags for that) that would be stylish. I had never tried to make a bag like this so it was a real learning process for me. The inside has a small lined zippered pocket on one side and on the other 2 open pockets. The bag is approx. 12x12x7 . I loved this Moda fabric and how it came out. Far from perfect but good enough for me.