So I got some bright orange measuring cups and spoons from the dollar bin at Target and I saved the little ring handle thingy they came attached on, thinking it might come in handy for something.
Then a couple nights ago I had a brainstorm of using it as a purse handle--yes, just one mind you--with a button flap to hold it closed.
And!! I just happened to have the perfect remnant fabric in my stash to match the little handle and skinny red ribbon to make a button loop. A little cutting, sewing and a couple hours later, voila. The Tiny Circle Bag.
Posing on my ironing board
Slightly closer look (at the ugly basement carpet, too)
I made it round to echo the shape of the handle, and sort of boxed the bottom to give it a little more dimension. It didn't come out as well as I pictured it, but not bad for a first purse from a totally wing-it-as-I-go-along idea. My 3-yr old niece is totally into purses and bags; I think she might be getting another birthday present now. She won't mind the stitches and lining showing in places.
I don't think I'll make anymore with only one handle, but I like how the boxing the circle idea came out. I may have to try it slightly larger--and in a color I'd actually wear around in public!!!!