For Christmas, my husband's family always does stockings. I didn't grow up with them, so the concept is still a new one that I struggle each year to figure out what in the world I'm going to do for. This year, I made all of the girls a little thing I like to refer to as The Essentials Bag. If you have a giant purse like I do, you know that it's easy to lose stuff in the bottom of it that you need but maybe don't use all the time: chap stick, lotion, lipgloss, etc. You know, essentials. (My list is a lot longer, but I don't want to scare you.) A smaller zippered bag that can fit inside of my purse sounded like the perfect solution!
I wish I knew which website I got this idea from, but my inspiration was pre-Pinterest, and I foolishly didn't bookmark it. So to whoever it was who geniusly came up with the design for this bag, I'm really sorry that I'm not giving you the credit. I got the tutorial for how to make a basic zippered bag from MADE and embellished it from there. You can find the basic tutorial for how to make a zippered bag here.
This Essentials Bag is for my niece, who just turned 10. Happy birthday, Liz! While she probably doesn't have a gigantic bag that needs some organizing, I'm hoping she can get some good use out of it anyway. A girl can never have too many purses and bags, right?
UPDATE: I found the original designer, Anna Graham over at Noodlehead. She even has a tutorial for how to make the bag. (She calls it the Gathered Clutch.) Hop on over to Noodlehead and check it out!