At the local thrift shop some time ago; Brian and I spotted a lovely, new-with-old-fabrics quilt. Of course I wanted it, but knew that my house could go without heat indefinitely with just the quilts and chenille that I have already collected over the years.
Brian talked me into buying it anyway- pointing out that each square section was the perfect size for the front of a large messenger bag.
He was right.
Combined with bits of a corduroy skirt; an upholstery remnant; and a couple of has-been neckties-- voila! a bag.
(here it is turned entirely inside out- it gives you a much better view of how the pockets are laid out.)