Actually, I have to laugh because I have been known to do the exact same thing...except my plastic baggie was inside my change purse. Why? I have no idea. Like mother, like daughter? At this rate, the odds are not looking good for my little sister...or my future children: "I hereby do bequeath to you gapped front teeth, a 50/50 shot of being tall like your father, and the propensity to place all of your valuables in plastic baggies..."
But I digress! I ended up making her a cute little zippered leather change purse that is accented with some vintage lace that I snipped off the edge of an older tea towel. By the way, keep your eye out for older linens that are otherwise useless because they are stained/have holes etc, because they are perfect lace donors for projects like this!
The inside is lined with a sunny yellow handkerchief that I backed with some iron-on interfacing to make it a bit thicker and more substantial. It goes really well with the chestnut brown leather!
Everything was done using my sewing machine, although I do have special needles that are a bit thicker and can take the abuse that sewing leather throws at them. You can find more info on how to sew zippered pouches in this post that I wrote up a couple months ago.
Did you make any gifts for Christmas this year? I've got one other post coming up next week about another gift that I made for my dad!