Making your own purses, bags and such are the rage right now. When ever I get a quilting catalog there are always lots of purse patterns-and I think those patterns are just too expensive. Especially when there are lots of free patterns available online.
Here are some links I found:
http://henriettashandbags.com/free-handbag-patterns.html alot of unique ideas here
http://www.straw.com/cpy/free_bag_patterns.html lots of knit and crochet patterns,also felted
This one is really cute:
Click on Pattern for the pdf instructions
And here is a cute one made with tea towels: http://www.themikkelsens.net/sarah/journal/2008/01/tea-towel-tote-tutorial-and-giveaway.html
So go check out your stash and have fun making a little bag or purse-a great gift item a well