I wanted it washable, so realized that I could not hook the handles on permanently. Therefore I used button flaps on the inside to that should the new owner decide to change handles, it would be very easy. I made a Japanese type knot and half of a butterfly closure to the middle could close easily. I found it holds three skeins of Vanna's Choice yarn quite nicely!
The second photo shows that it isn't a large purse, but large enough. I did not line it, so it would not be good to carry bobby pins or little pens around, but is a good purse to toss in larger items for a quick trip to church or the store.