This is the clothesline bag/purse that I made in April 2011, almost a year and a half ago, and I have carried this bag a LOT! It was put through the washing machine and dryer one time. But this time, a bottle of water spilled in it and left an ugly mark on it. So I washed in the sink with a scrub brush and used the suds from some dish soap with a rag to get the mark out. And I just let it dry in the sun.
So bottom line - I didn't think this would have a very long shelf life because of the color or I thought it would fall apart or something. Apparently, it's got another year and a half in it.