It's been so chilly here, that all I seem to think about is making quilts to cover things up! This time, I've used the pre-cut jelly-roll strips to make a cozy pouch for my old camera (that I keep in the car), but it could also be made with a long strap attached for carrying around. It's basically constructed the same way as the xox tote bag. (The tutorial for which is finished and over here now; check it out for all the how-to's.) If you are new to sewing though, you might want to try this smaller project first, to learn the strip-piecing process. You won't believe how easy this is. I also discovered, that a standard sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper makes a great pattern. How easy is that? You don't even have to measure. Use it as a template for cutting out the foundation. (I use cotton-quilt batting for this.) Trim 4 pre-cut jelly roll strips to about 12". Then, using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the strips across the long-side of the foundation, starting at the top and working down to the bottom edge. If you want to embellish your bag with message tape or side tabs, do that next. Then fold the whole thing in half with the right-sides facing, and stitch along the bottom and up one side. Repeat for the lining, leaving an opening about 3" for turning later. Follow the rest of the directions in the tutorial for making the corners in the bottom of the bag, and for attaching the lining. Make the handle the same way too, just don't cut it in half. Attach it to the sides of the bag instead. Make adjustments for the length if necessary, and trim away the excess. A little velro at the top makes an easy closure. I'm off to my studio now--have a sweet day!