one benefit of the rainy saturday was some making time. i made this bag for my sister's birthday present. the pattern is from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. i followed it almost exactly but added a zippered pocket and a magnetic snap closure. it was very straightforward and easier to sew leather than i expected - just need a special needle. the entire project cost under $20 so i covered three of my 2011 sewing intentions:
make birthday presents (and cards, too)
sew a leather bag
stick to a budget - be more thoughtful of how i spend my money
obviously, the intention to take better photos is a work in progress...