Three things you need to know about me and anything crafty:
1. I love recycling
2. I never throw anything away
3. I never turn down free stuff
That being said, I do a lot of sewing using recycled materials, stuff people have given me, and little scraps from other projects. I like to save things and wait for just the right project to use them on. Lately I had the opportunity to create a yoga mat bag for a friend. The yoga mat is very thick and heavy so the bag needed to be strong, and she wanted a pocket for cell phone, keys, etc. This is the same person that gave me several bags stuffed full of upholstery samples that a local furniture store was going to get rid of. So I sorted out a bunch of the upholstery samples that looked good together and went to town! I also just happened to have a navy blue shirt pocket that fit perfectly with this project. I lined the bag with cream colored canvas to make sure it was extra sturdy, and used an old pair of blue jeans to make the drawstring strap. (The only things I bought to make this project were the grommets to attach the handle, and the canvas.)
Speaking of ugly shirt fabric... this ipod case used to be a ridiculous lime green plaid shirt. The inside is a scrap of green fleece, and the gray portion is from the leftovers after hemming some dress pants.