I never make things for myself. I make bags and gifts for customer order and for presents on a daily basis. But you would never know that I am full of craftiness as I don't self promote. The only bags that I have from my own collection are ones that I laughingly refer to as "seconds." Bags that are fine but would never pass my qualifications to be sold because they have a mistake. I think all of the bags I keep for myself from the "seconds" pile have the pocket sewn in upside down. But even those bags are from years ago- when I first started making bags. I have not added something to the "seconds" pile in years. Not that my sewing is perfect by any means. I think I am just better at seeing the mistake before it is too late now.
But I decided to actually sit down and do something fun for myself this summer. I have done this technique on a smaller bag in the past, but I had visions of grosgrain ruffles when I purchased this plain straw bag a while back. It was incredibly time consuming, I won't lie. But it was really fun making a present for myself. I love the print lining and the pocket is even right-side-up for a change! I really need to do that more often!