I did, however, use the instructions from Erin Erickson's Two Zip Hipster pattern for the recessed zipper, because I'd used it before a couple of times and knew it worked well.
The inside has a slip pocket on each side, one with a pen slot. The lining is a dark brown canvas, which makes it kind of hard for you to see, but the strip of Sunburst fabric at the top of each pocket helps.
The bottom of the tote is made from a dark brown faux leather, a.k.a. "pleather" (=plastic leather). It was my first time sewing with it, and I found it to be a piece of cake! I'd read all kinds of tips, etc., in preparation... like using a Teflon sewing machine foot, a leather needle, etc. This pleather was so lovely to sew on that none of that was really necessary. I found that my regular machine foot worked just fine, as did a regular size 14 needle.
I made the zipper tab from a scrap of the pleather...
... as well as the zipper pull. Fun little details.
Here's the second inspector. She didn't match as well, and she was a bit more shy so she inspected from a distance. Shy but beautiful.
I do love my little model! She's the greatest! And works cheap. :)