I sewed 1 dark fabric strip and 2 light fabric strips together at the top and I braided them, then I sewed the bottoms together so they wouldn't come undone. I repeated this so I had two straps.
After I had sewn the front of the purse together I sewed the pocket on.
The rest of the assembly is the same as the original pattern.
I love it. It's just big enough for everything I need for myself and It's even big enough to stick a few diapers and snacks for the kids when we're gone for longer periods of time. This way I don't have to take a bulky diaper bag. It's Great!