I thought that I would get the most out of the material for my bag and decided to cut the material differently than my sister's. I folded the material and pattern in half so that I could position the handle as far up as possible and get a bit longer bag. It meant that the seams would be down the middle, but that didn't bother me.
I put pins over the edge of the pattern piece so that I wouldn't forget and cut along it but left the material longer for this bag.
I didn't really think it through and once I had cut out the pieces I noticed that I would have to sew the handle edges in the round rather than flat like my sister's. Fortunately the openings were big enough that I could fit them over the arm.