I like to sew up anything practical, so bags are a personal favorite of mine. I made this cute style file (or zippered portfolio case) from the book, Bags, Pillows & Pincushions. At first I thought maybe I would not use batiks for this project, but then I couldn't get over how pretty it might look in beautiful (bright!) fall colors. So, I paired up some red, orange, purple, and pink batiks, and got to work.
My favorite part is the flat pocket in the front that expands all the way across. It almost looks hidden within the other sewn strips.
The pattern does not call for anything that would give the inside of the bag structure, (such as peltex) but I would recommend something like it. It feels a lot more stable that way. It's just the prefect size to hold a few standard-sized notebooks and many pens--this will make a great gift for any student! It sewed up so quickly too; I love this quick and easy bag pattern!