1) It turned out nicer than I had thought it would:
a) for a first try; and
b) for making it up as I went
2) With a different styled bottom and slightly altered handles, the next one will be better.
3) It took about twenty plastic bags to make.
4) All of the males in my house think it's totally awesome.
5) It's big enough to carry a gallon of milk and a box of cake mix. Possibly two half gallons of milk and a small box of cereal. But since I don't have any of those things in the house, here it is with two cans of soup, two cans of veggies, and two boxes of Jiffy mix.