I know you know it already, but I'm just discovering the fun of sewing.
Thanks to Sara at Sew Sweetness I've found the tutorial for Rae's buttercup bag and:
made my first ever bag (for a birthday present, if the Birthday Girl likes it):
I've added a big zippered pocket instead of the small open one from the pattern and decided to use just buttons, without the fabric flap. I also wanted to make it a bit sturdier so I added cotton batting to the lining - not very professional probably, but I don't have any interfacing, not to mention that I'm still not quite sure what interfacing is ;)
Another thing I don't have is a magnetic snap, but a piece of fabric and a pair of little magnets works quite well, too.