well now I know I can find other kinds of interfacing! I have used the iron-on stuff before (a long time ago) and I remember thinking that it wasn't stiff enough. Also, at least at JoAnne's, it's expensive! Eight dollars for a 2-foot square of it. I didn't see any non-iron-on interfacing, I'll have to look harder for it.
what kind of interfacing did you use? I was just looking for interfacing to put in a Jordy bag I'm making, but they only had the 2-sided kind at JoAnne's. I'm kind of new to the world of interfacing... does one-sided interfacing even exist?
If you've ever bought curtains from Ikea, you know that for some reason, the good folks over at Ikea think that everyone has 10-foot-tall windows. So, I had a lot of this nice off-white fabric left over after I cut and hemmed the curtains. Here are the curtains:
and here is the messenger bag I made from the leftovers. I didn't use a pattern or anything, just kind of eye-balled it using simple rectangular shapes. The three leaves are from some scrap fabric I had laying around.
OMG I wish I had that problem! There is nothing more fun than a big pile of scrap fabric, a sewing machine, and an afternoon off! I am really into crafting my own housewares, so here are a few suggestions of things I have made (or thought of making) using scrap fabric: Placemats, coasters, pot holders, table runners, etc.
If the pieces are big enough (and from your picture it looks like they might be) you can make matching sets of things. Otherwise it's fun to mix and match, kind of like quilting in that you are making something out of many smaller pieces of cloth.
It might not be as popular any more, but a few years ago I also really liked to patch the heck out of old jeans with many small squares of interesting, colorful fabric.
I would go with a lining too. You can make it very stiff with interfacing, add the desired pockets, then just stitch it to the canvas bag along the top edge. It might even look cute hand-stitched with embroidery floss, if you do a loop stitch over the top edge in a coordinating color.
Here's a purse I gave to my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend for Christmas - I had a hard time giving it away! I drew the ladybug using Illustrator and printed it on iron-transfer paper. The antennae didn't want to stick to the canvas so I drew them on with a sharpie. What do you think?