I've been going nuts with the Japanese fabric, lately. I've got lots to say and show with regards to that, but in this case I think I should begin at the beginning.
You see, it all started with a quest for oilcloth. Mr. Crafty and I have been much better about taking our lunches to work, but have had some problems with leaking containers. I decided to experiment with oilcloth rather than turn to plastic bags, which we all know have potentially harmful effects for both the environment and the body.
This bag, my first attempt, was based on another that came with one of my bento box sets.
I was impressed by the simplicity of the design: it uses only two pieces of fabric, cut in two squares. That way you don't need to mess with sewing in a rectangular bottom. Also, the end result is a lot more sturdy and compact.
The outside oilcloth (it's technically laminated fabric) is from the Echino line, and was purchased at Fabric Worm. The inside oilcloth was purchased via Etsy from RRMexicoSupply. The outer fabric is clearly of much higher quality, but I wanted an inner fabric I could just wipe off easily and not worry about.
I'm still looking to perfect this design. I'll check back in once I get it all perfect and pretty.
Additionally, it was my birthday last weekend. Look at my super awesome birthday cupcakes. Sorry the photo is a little dark.
And look at how gorgeous they were even before they were iced.