These little projects are exceedingly simple but kind of cute.
I recycled a weird Chinese shirt I found at a thrift store for $1.99 several years ago and never wore into a little bento carrying-style bag. The lining is sewed directly onto the shirt because the cotton is kind of worn and weak, and I figure I'll just use this for running errands anyway. I have a few other old shirt projects in the works, too.
A good friend of mine just went back to college and I quickly made her this Totoro pencil pouch for good luck. It's more or less cylindrical and has a zipper. The material is actually a suedette-like upholstery fabric I happened upon at SAS, everyone's favourite ghettolicious fabric warehouse.
My friend was completely bowled over by this and that made me really happy, so it looks like I'll be concocting handmade Christmas gifts again this year, since those always go over the best. :]