Here's what I managed to do:
- Trim flap to 14 3/4 x 12 3/4. Here's the first place where things went wrong. My piece somehow didn't measure 12 3/4. No idea how it happened, but I had to talk to the teacher before I could move on. And she had machines to thread (Really? Still? Isn't it week 5?) and other questions to answer before she got to me.
- Round corners on one long edge in same manner as bag front. No issues.
- Sew flap to flap lining, leaving opening for turning. Turn and press; sew opening closed. This would have gone a lot smoother if I could have figured out which piece was the flap lining. Why didn't I label as I cut? Once I pinned the two pieces, I realized I hadn't "machine quilt flap with a wavy line along the length of each strip" which was part of the instruction before the one I started on. Unpin. Quilt wavy lines. Repin. Sew flap lining, leaving opening for turning, turn, press, sew.
- Machine quilt in the ditch between 4th and 5th strips and 9th and 10th stripe to hold layers together. Remarkably easy.
- Sew straps together; trim to 52" long. No problems.
- Press one long edge and each short edge of strap 1/4" to wrong side. center strap fleece on wrong side of strap. Fold raw edge of strap over edge of fleece. Fold pressed edge over edge of fleece, covering long raw edge; press. Topstitch folded edge in place. Argh. Fifty two inches of a quarter inch fold. Then the fleece was too wide. Cut. Still too wide. Teacher tells me to fudge it by folding the fleece to fit. Then I decide to pin it in place. I finally sit down to topstitch and the bobbin thread bunches up under the strap. Sigh.
At that point there were about ten minutes left in class, so I just packed it in.
I can't believe that I'll be working on this for a third week. And I still have another bag to do! Not to mention the quilt(s) I'm supposed to be working on. I might have to get out the machine at home.