She's also crafty, and we like to give them a little end of year bonus check but usually also a handmade gift - and normally it's something that I've helped Wild Thing make, but this year that just didn't happen due to circumstances beyond all control.
I still wanted to make something special for her because they are so generous and we trust them with our most precious family treasures - our kids!
I used laminated cotton scraps leftover from my kitchen chair makeover for the exterior (Michael MIller print I think), and the interior is a decor weight cotton that's been in my stash for a long time (Valori Wells). I also used a fusible interfacing on the exterior pieces and squared up the bottom so the tote can stand on it's own.
The lining has 2 pockets and a snap hook for keys or whatever. I used strips of batting to pad the straps for more comfort toting books around!
I sure hope she uses the bag - it sounds like our other gifts in the past get put on a shelf sort of shrine fashion or she's afraid to get them dirty or worn out.
But I like my gifts to get worn out! Then I can make more with some justification!