I couldn't resist taking this Ani Di Franco lyric out of context to decorate the front pocket of a bag I made for my friend Rach. I love Ani, especially her old stuff, and Rach does too.
It's kind of vaguely intended as a knitting bag, in return for the gorgeous slippers Rach knitted me, though it'll work as just a plain old tote too. The woolen fabric is strong enough that it won't rip if holes get poked in it by needles, and inside is a little needle holder bit with different size hoops for different size needles.
The handles are made from lengths of two different coloured fat satin ribbons (left over from presnet wrapping), as are the needle hoops.
The pocket on the front is just plain cotton, embroidered with chain stitch, back stitch and satin stitch (my first attempt at satin... and it's a world of hell. could not get the stitches to stay where i put them!), lined in more of the same cotton. It's about the right size to carry a Stitch & B***h book in the front pocket as i know those are Rach's faves. The buttons are decorative, not functional as I have not mastered buttonholes yet.
I've never made a bag before, and was a bit dubious that trying to put in side panels was a bit much (I'm not really that hot on a sewing machine) but it went ok and I'm glad i did because it means it'll be much more useful, bigger bag that you can easily fit a couple of balls of wool and a half finished project in.
Constructive criticism really welcome, I'd love to start building on my skills more (maybe something with a closing next)