The problem with knowing how to sew is that you can't help but re-invent everything you see to suit your needs better. Take my new travel bag, for instance.
I wanted a good size bag to use as a carry-on for an upcoming trans-atlantic flight. I LOVED this bag from Luckycann. Unfortunately it was a little undersized for what I wanted, and it lacked a cup holder on the outside. I really, REALLY wanted a cup holder. So I made one.
Back (love me some zippers):
I also have a long removeable shoulder strap that clips on to the sides of the bag for hands-free carrying.
Inside (with perfectly sized pockets for my Kindle and sunglasses! - the top zipper closure is tucked out of the way):
An inside zipper pocket for my wallet and a divider. On the left you can barely see a key fob.
I made a cup holder for the inside and outside ('cuz really, where would I put my empty teacup?).
This is a closeup view of the top of the bag from the outside. I wanted a zippered top that wouldn't get in the way. It's a separating zipper on flaps that cover most of the top of the bag.
I love my new bag! Unfortunately the hardware alone cost me nearly what it would have cost to just purchase the bag from Luckycann. Too bad the Luckycann bag wasn't a smidge bigger!