My older sister's birthday was December 25 and I only just gave her her gifts a few days ago.
But I made her three different bags.
I followed a tutorial from Emma Brennan's book Making Vintage Bags for this one. (Sorry about the blurry photo). It's small, but adorable.
I made this one up as I went along. And I, idiotically, forgot to add some interfacing (or anything) to the handles, so they were floppy and terrible. So, I used fusible webbing and stuck on some pieces of the lining fabric. Except I didn't have enough to match the length of the handles and then had to add a piece. It was awful, but I was convinced that taking the whole thing apart and doing it again would be worse.
Anyway, it's pretty big. I made sure to make it big enough to hold a folder (which is good because when I gave it to her, she mentioned that she doesn't have a briefcase and typically just brings a single file to court (she's a lawyer) and so it was perfect... and THAT was great to hear, considering the ugly handles I'm still beating myself up over...)
The round, gray circle was done by reverse appliqueing and I wanted to do the entire design that way, but ended up making the letters too small, so I kind of improvised with embroidery thread (but it's still, sort of, kind of, reverse appliqueing). I also improvised the gray lines because they were last-minute additions (love fusible webbing). My twin sister came in and said: "What are you doing?" "Improvising." "Good answer."
My older sister takes her dogs to dog parks all the time and so I also made her a treat bag for them from plastic bags that are fused together. (They're Albertson's bags, which is perfect because they had the right kind of letters to spell out "Treats"). Fusing plastic bags is great, but they probably release some kind of deadly toxin when you heat them up.
It's still fun, though...
(Sorry about the pointlessly long post. I always seem to have a story to tell. But thanks for looking!