This is my first purse/bag (and my first real, completed sewing project) and I know it's not perfect, so please be kind.
It was a gift for my sister, who is a life-long Michael Jackson fan.
I used the famous Jordy bag tutorial and the zippered-pocket tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0
, and made a few small modifications. I made it to be roughly the same dimensions as my own purse, which is about 8"x12"x3".
First I completed the most important feature of the bag: I cross-stitched a sprite of Michael Jackson from the Sega Genesis game, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
, on a piece of fabric for the front of the bag using some waste canvas. I outlined him with some metallic floss to make him really stand out.
He's about 4" tall.
I lined the bag with a fabric to match Michael's blue shirt, added the zippered pocket, and a magnetic clasp.
I also added a big, deep pocket across the back, lined with the same fabric as the inside.
It was way more work than I realized it would be, but she seemed to really like it.