I recently made the Maddie Handbag, a FREE pattern from Homespun Threads. It was the perfect mid-sized bag! The Homespun Thread blog is a fantastic resource for free tutorials, including dozens for baby items, bags & crafts. Aimee's online Bible Studies are really good, too.
My Maddie Bag is made of denim and Amy Butler Lotus quilting cotton as the liner & accent fabric. It took me just as long to cut & interface my fabrics as it did to sew the thing! I made mine 1.5" taller (13"w x 13"t) and thought it would be a great bag for ladies who like to pack along a Kindle, book or big organizer. I also added pockets across the full width on one side of the lining. It was hard to give this one away, but it was a Christmas present for my mom. I'll definitely be making more of these as gifts & possibly for my shop.
I've marked down some of my tote bags & purses in the shop! Mention you're a blog reader and I'll refund an additional 10% of the item price for your purchases- including jewelry!