Don't you just love all the zipper bags floating around on Pinterest and Flickr? I haven't seen one yet that I didn't like. When I decided to make one, I knew I wanted it to be pieced and quilted. But I wanted it to be flat instead of "poofy," and I didn't want to fuss with interfacing. So when I saw Elizabeth Hartman's post here, I was intrigued. There was the zipper bag I had been looking for. And a tutorial showing how she made her Weekender bag by quilting all of the sections separately. So I ordered her Perfect Zip Bags pattern and used the tutorial to put it together (without interfacing). The pattern has instructions for three different styles of bags in two sizes each, with options for handles. If you're interested, you can order the instant download .pdf pattern here and start sewing your own bag now.
This one is made from scraps of Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda.
And this one is made from tiny scraps of bright fabrics.