I did a sewing-for-massage trade with a friend (so wonderful!). The piece she asked me to resize was from Nepal and when the scraps where tumbled on my floor, I suddenly saw a bag to make. The solid colors are so great and strong together, and that pretty ruffle is just right. I actually used the scraps entirely to make this bag. Satisfying.
The last bag ushers in a new era: an e-reader. Oh my. I do adore books, but I could not picture fitting enough books in my luggage and carry-on to keep me happy for an upcoming trip. Obviously an e-reader is the way to take 40 books along, most for me but a few for my husband and kids just in case. I only bought two with a coupon that came with the e-reader. The rest are free downloads, mostly old books whose copyright has expired and have been digitized for such a time as this. Here is the helpful article that led me to books I wanted to read.
The e-reader seems sturdy enough, but I still feel pretty protective towards any screens I have purchased (and let me tell you, it has been a new phone and a new iPad recently, too, and I am sick of it). So I made a little padded bag - sturdy upholstery fabric on the outside, batting scraps in the middle, and lined with a flannel shirt scrap from my husband - with the pocket positioned to hold the charger. I'm very pleased with it.