Yesterday I made my first 'snap bag', you know, those bags where you use a metal tape measure for the snap together top. I used selvages for the outer fabric and a selvege strip folded and sewn for the pulls (where you often see prairie points). This bag is about 5" x 9", perfect for sewing notions, I think. You can make them any size, even as cases for I-pads. I have fabric and liners cut for a few more. It's quick, easy, and creative.
I didn't have a pattern, but you can find tutorials on line, or buy a pattern. There're many ways of doing this. You need an outer fabric, interfacing or fleece for the middle layer, and lining fabric which turns to the front to make a casing for the tape measure. I have seen them quilted or not. When using selveges stitching them down becomes the quilting. I have several gifts to give this spring, where I can see this working.