My foster-mom friend, Lisa, asked me if I'd make her mom a tote bag for Christmas. Mom collects salt and pepper shakers, so she and Lisa go to all the local antique shops on a regular basis. Lisa ends up holding all the shakers while they shop, so could I make a tote bag with lots of inside pockets. I questioned her about the legalities of putting unpaid-for merchandise in a bag while they shopped. She said it wasn't a problem at all. All the shop owners know them very well.
I drafted out a design with two rows of pockets on each side of the bag. It's 14" wide, 15" tall, and 6" deep. The bag lining and all the pockets have iron-on fleece to cushion the fragile shakers. I also included four simple bags made from fleece leftovers in case Mom needs to protect something not in the pockets. An open sleeve holds a piece of cardboard for the bottom and can be changed if it gets bent. I haven't heard yet how Mom likes her bag, but it's probably the only one like it she got this Christmas.