It hasn't been all Christmas crafting for others around here. A couple of weeks ago I took an evening to make myself the Phoebe Bag after I was reminded of it by Sew, Mama, Sew a few weeks ago. The pattern is a freebie from Rebeka Lambert (Artsy-Crafty Babe) and is pretty easy to make.
I whipped this up in about 4 hours after work one night. I just used fabrics I had on hand that were already pre-washed, since I like to make my bags washable like my clothes (I don't pre-wash for quilting, but try to for most other things). The outer fabric is an Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room print I'd had forever, and the lining is some Kaffe Fassett shot cotton left over from this shirt. I used fusible fleece on the outer fabric but just regular interfacing on the lining. I wanted this bag to have some body on its own.
(Don't you just love that little face on the strap?) I omitted the magnetic snap (I do not like those things) and also the closure flap, though I kind of wish I hadn't. I'm a little worried about things falling out of this bag or people being able to reach in while I'm commuting. I think, overall, this bag is just a leeettle bit too small for me. Alas.... It's a good weekend bag, for when I don't need to bring my iPod and library book with me everywhere I go.