My sister has been saving the rainforest (according to her t-shirts in high school) for many years now. Last year I found her a purse made from recycled billboards from an etsy seller called Drive By Bags. I gave her a bag this year, too, but I made it myself out of yardsale fabric. That's recycling, right? So that should appeal to her eco-conscious nature.
I used Simplicity 2806 and made the bag that's on that chair...the white one. I wanted to make the red one with the side pockets, but I was running out of time to make the post office deadline, so I went with the simpler one.
I don't know why I was surprised by the sheer size of the thing, but I was. It's pretty giant. Also, the handles go from the front to the back and I guess that's okay, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Don't mind the criss-crossing on the neck of the mannequin -- that's just how I hung it.
I filled it with goodies from Trader Joe's, because she doesn't have one near where she lives.
I love this red fabric and I think I have enough to make a small bag or two. It's very vibrant. Oh, and I forgot to take a picture of the lining, but I used some large red and white checked "picnic table" cotton.