I needed a carry-on bag for a trip to Scotland. I had a stack of fat quarter batik fabrics that I really loved, but had no idea what to do with them. I digitized the star using Embird, stitched it on the lightest of the fat quarters using my Designer Diamond and centered the star in a 6" square. I put that on a 22 x 32 piece of batting, I then stitched 2 1/2 wide strips around the star, alternating the fat quarters. I found a piece of complementing batik paisley which I used to put 3" borders on the bag and line the bag and handle. The handle is made from scrapes of the fat quarters that I stitched in a chevron pattern. I used a two slide purse zipper for the top of the bag and it has a 16" zippered pocket, a 12" zippered pocket and two open pockets. I had my husband cut a thin piece of Masonite to fit the bottom of the bag. I created a sleeve from the lining material for the Masonite to give the bag a stable bottom. I carried this all around Scotland using it to carry my camera, extra lens and whatever we would purchase. Since we have been home, my husband has claimed the bag to carry items back and forth to work.
I have a stack of Asian fat quarters that I guess need to become another bag, so I have one. I just need to decide what I am going to embroider on it.