I made this for my husband's stepfather's daughter. (Step-sister in law?) for Christmas. She loved it and wore it the whole evening! I used this great tutorial http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/06/basic-messenger-bag.html.
Front of bag:
Back of bag and pocket:
It was my first purse and I pretty much made it out of desperation that she wouldn't like the cowl and wrist-warmers I had crocheted (but she did!)