Phone conversation between me and my best guy friend:
Me: "For girls, I like to make birthday presents. That's not as easy for guys."
Him: "Would you make me something?"
Me: "There's nothing I can make that you'd like, is there?"
Him: [joking tone] "You can make me a handbag!"
Me: "A nice floral one?"
Him: "Yes. I could wear it to uni and show it off."
Me, when I got off the phone: Muahahahahahaha!
A nice floral bag. The white square is a note I pinned on that says "Your handbag! Turn inside out..."
When he turns it inside out he'll see this.
I made it as a joke, but I wanted to make it something he can use. I don't often get to make boyish things so I had fun. The pleats are there because I cannibalised an old skirt and thought the pleats might look cool in the bag, so left them in. (Read: Didn't fancy trying to iron them out) They worked better in theory than in practise. They were an absolute pain to sew, and they keep flopping open. But ah well, you live and learn.
I was very happy with the patch. I freehanded the lettering, using a font on my computer for reference. My friend loves skating, hence the skateboarder. With the patch fabric, I was going for that 'ornate shabby chic made to look as ratty as possible in the name of masculinity' style that seems to be popular in guys' clothes.
ETA: When he opened it he burst out laughing and seems to like it. Whether he'll use it or not is another story, as he's not the 'man-bag' type, as he described it. I showed him this thread and told him there are various people in different parts of the world waiting to hear if he uses it, so he said he will.