You know I make a lot of project bags. And while they are great for knitting projects, they have other uses as well. My son was going to a birthday party, and I wanted to wrap the ubiquitous gift cards a little differently than just tucking them into a card. I had this great orange batik with a turtle print, and thought it would be perfect.
Then, to really make it special, I used the lettering function on my sewing machine to add the birthday girl's name on a strip of co-ordinating fabric that I sewed on before constructing the bag.
It went over pretty well, from what my son told me. Of course, this really only works for girls - I'm not sure a guy would find this too useful or fun... Luckily, I get to indulge me creative side occasionally - while the boy goes mostly to guy birthdays (paintball is a favourite destination...), there are a few girl friends that include some of the guys.
And I've been told that the other girls at the party went bat-crap crazy over Victoria's gift bag. The boy thinks I might have to make more of them for the other girls. (and knowing how girls talk - even ones that weren't at the party are probably in the know by now...)