I had removed this pattern from circulation quite awhile ago because I wanted to make revisions. During that time, I used this purse for months and was continually complimented on it. One of the revisions in the pattern I made was to use plastic (which can be purchased at craft stores) instead of using cardboard. You can do either, but I used cardboard and now I can’t wash my purse, which is in great repair after much abuse, because the bottom will be ruined, and that was a big focus for me while putting it together. This sucker is made to carry a a lot, and without a decent base, it loses its charm for me. In the meantime, the pattern was languishing in my portable hard drive for well over a year; I made the changes that had required my attention and felt this would be a nice gift for the hookers in the crowd for the 2015 season; so, for a limited time, go to my Ravelry Store and use the code Free2015 to download it for free until January 2, 2016.