I've been working on Christmas gifts since last month. Non crafters might think that's odd, but if you're planning on making most of your gifts, without having to operate a round the clock sweatshop in December, it pays to start early. I'm actually hoping to finish most of the crafting really early this year, so I can spend most of December goofing around, making stuff with the kids.
I've been making lots of tote bags as gifts. They're easy to make, easy to personalize, and a good way to use up small amounts of fabrics. (I'm sort of partial to the skeleton fabric. Cute, huh?)
I haven't been using a pattern for these. I just eyeballed a bag I had whose size I liked.
My sisters and nieces love bags of any and all kinds.