I got the very bright idea that I should only handmake gifts (watch out, Christmas!) SO... I asked my mom what she'd like for her birthday (thinking she'd say, "Oh whatever you want to make!" in her typical easy-going way). Was I ever surprised when she said she wanted a Vera Bradley bag! I had no intention of actually buying VB fabrics (though they're lovely) so I interpreted her request to mean "quilted-looking." No idea how to do that really either, but here's the result:
The semi-wonky inside:
All feedback welcome. What I'd really like to know: does anyone have any ideas about a pattern/shape for the lining that allows this kind of center zip? I totally winged it with some weird U shapes and it came out okay (if you don't look too close!), but I'd like to know how to do better.