Years ago, I bought some little bags at a dollar store. I really liked them because they are great for knitting on the go, but there were things I did not love. The fabric is not so great, the strap is pretty bad, and the pictures on the front are ugly. Anyway, I cut apart one of the bags and used it for a pattern, and after much more time and effort than it should have taken, I had a new bag.
There are a few other details about the bag that I love. First, I made the double-fold bias tape myself. As I am quite the beginner at sewing, I still get to have these moments where I try something new and it thrills me more than it probably should. If I were five, I would want to hang my bias tape on the refrigerator. The battle was hard-fought, but I won. I made mistakes and when I rushed I had troubles, but I learned so much. I also had a reminder to trust myself even though I am a beginner, because some of the problem was a defective bias tape tip that I have now exchanged, but that is neither here nor there. Anyway, I used this great tutorial, and now have yards and yards of the stuff and will never hesitate to make my own whenever I need it.
The other little handmade detail I love is the strap. I wove it on my inkle loom, and it might please me even more than the bias tape. I used some rayon crochet thread that I bought ages ago from a clearance pile at a craft store and have been trying to find a use for ever since. It was one of those times where the "Oooh, Shiny!" and "Yay, Bargain!" collided and I could not stop myself. Anyway, it is great for these straps, and I already have the loom set up to weave another. I have also sewn another of these bags and it is just waiting for its strap. Overall, I feel like I have done pretty well with 2012's National Sewing Month.