When I ordered Miss Main Street's fall semester text books, I put a little something in the order for me. It arrived today from Amazon.com.
Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags! I bought it for the bag on the front cover, epectiing there would be more good things inside. Here is a photo of the same design in different fabric.
There are some other wonderful ideas in here. I especially like this more structured purse.
As you might have noticed from the photos, the book uses a spiral spine within a hard binding. I like this because it makes it easy to keep the book open to a page with directions while you work. The pattern pieces are in a sturdy envelope in the back of the book (none of that "enlarge by 400%" business). And the instructions seem quite detailed. I think this will be good for making a few Christmas gifts.