I have to say, I had a lot of fun making crafts, instead of stressing out on the cost of gifts this year.
Instead of putting all of my completed projects in one post, I thought I would split this up a bit. I have a friend who is what I consider to be, an expert knitter. I wanted to make her a light weight bag so she could haul her knitting around.
I found the tutorial for this bag on the Mad Quilter (Life on the Run) blog. Since this was the first lined bag with handles I had ever made, I got a bit hung up on what to do with the handles. Craftsy offers a free class Bag Making Basics Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch class. The reversible tote with handles portion of the class was exactly what I needed to sort the lining and handles problem.
The tutorial for the completed bag is here:
I had a hard time parting with the charm squares. I know they went to a good home.
Sorry about the fuzzy photo.