A couple of years ago I saw this quilted Maggie B. hanging travel bag at Value Village. I loved the fabric on it so much I had to have it. I also loved the price: 99 cents.
I didn't need a travel bag - I prefer a wider, counter top version - so it sat around for a while and then became a holder for my little bits of fabric. During my recent craft room purging sessions I got rid of the little bits of fabric and the Maggie B. bag went into the thrift store pile.
After reading Unstuff Your Life, I knew I had to make some mini bags to make it easier when I switch purses. Seeing the opened up travel bag on my counter gave me a great idea...
I cut the bag apart above all the zippers but the top section. I cut the sizes I needed from two central sections and stitched up the tops. The two ties were just the perfect amount to fold over the remaining raw edges and seal up.
For less than an hour's work (and 99cents!)I have four pretty new bags to use. Two for my purse; one for a cross stitch project bag and the last one is for My Favourite Girl to store her knitting needles.
I love that I get to see the gorgeous chintz fabric but can still see what's inside them. Definitely money and time well spent. (And a perfect example of why it's good to wait at least a day between purging and charity drop off!)