Made my mom this leather drawstring handbag from some leftover hide she had and my own pattern.
Really happy with how it came out! It’s lined with apparel lining. The grommets are 7/8″, and I used 550 paracord for the drawstring.
It was difficult topstitching the opening. If you make your own in leather, definitely trim the seam allowance at the top of each seam before sewing the lining on and turning.
You can purchase the drawstring handbag pattern here and make your own!