I finished this bag a few weeks ago. I have been meaning to use my linen Heather Ross odds and ends to make a bag and finally got around to it.
I used the free Phoebe bag pattern. I pieced each side on interfacing before cutting out the pieces. That gave it a little extra weight and something to piece onto. I knew the strap length was Way Too Short so I lengthened it....and had to do an awkward fix when the bag was finished because the strap needed to be shorter....like the length specified in the pattern. Note to self: Follow the instructions the first time you use a pattern. They may know what they are talking about. :)
If you are looking for a handmade Christmas idea this pattern might be a good idea. If you didn't piece the panels it would go together pretty quickly.
I know in the next couple weeks people are going to start posting pictures of all the cute things they are making for teacher gifts. While that is great, I decided a couple of years ago that I was just going to buy our teachers books. Something they will be sure to use and that the whole class can enjoy - and something I can quickly buy in Amazon. So, if spending 50 hours making teacher gifts isn't in the cards this year, buy the teachers in your life a book. They'll love it! :)
Linking to Scraptastic Tuesday.