Near Halloween, anyway. Thank you for the links, The bag is a fun variation of a traditional idea (the animal-skin bag with the mouth as the opening), and I see the resemblence. Also, the Charms of Bezel are indeed appealing in design; I will consider them.
I start by making a V-shaped hole, drilling two straight holes that intersect each other; then I carve the intersection with ball-ended tools, so the holes blend into each other smoothly at the low point. That way, a cord feeds through easily and doesn't get abraided by a sharp bend.
Avery impish or goblinish face; I wouldn't trust him either.