Harriet ~ That purse is sweet. WTG Dangerboy for good conduct, too.
Update on Japanese knot bags for gifts: The original pattern I found turned out ok but not quite right. I found a similar design on Martha Stewart's website that is a better size and style for what I want.http://www.marthastewart.com/264167/reversible-purse
However, I think the original tutorial I found has better instructions than Martha's, so I'm using those instructions.
The test I did of Martha's pattern turned out well enough that I will be able to use it for 1 of the 10 gifts. (4 co-workers, 3 library volunteers who gave me a small gift last year, 1 DSis hostess gift, 1 DF Z, and added 1 for DMom.)
Deadline for co-workers and library volunteers will be December 20th. I'll see DMom and DSis on Christmas Eve. Not sure when I'll see Z but probably not before Christmas, so I'll have a few extra days to make hers.
Might give 1 of the library volunteers a purchased ornament instead because I don't really know her so I don't feel that I owe her a hand-made gift. Or do I owe her anything at all, when I know that she only gave me something last year because she brought gifts for all the librarians?
Today I chose all of the coordinating fabric pairs to make the bags reversible. Cut out and sewed bag #2 start to finish.
Obviously I'll be spending a lot of time at the sewing machine and ironing board for the next 7 days.