DIY Pencil Clutch Tutorial from Hands Occupied. This is a really clever DIY with minimal sewing and a snap closure - so no zipper. For more DIY bags go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/bag
DIY No Sew Leather Jewelry Bag Tutorial from Something Turqoise. This is a no sew project but you do need a leather punch and eyelet maker - both inexpensive tools that you will use over and over again.
DIY Slouchy Linen and Rope Backpack Tutorial from inspiration & realisation. I have an eyelet kit and they run about $9 or less. You can use them on shower curtains, fabric, bags, plastic purses, etc…
I saw it last year and finally got around to make it! inspired from the crocheted raffia backpack from ShopBop, my new backpack is a quick sewing project, made out of heavy linen. Detailed tutorial on inspiration&realisation today!