Here is an example of my foray into using a new material - kraft paper fabric! It is quite thick and sturdy, and gets softer over time with use, a little bit like leather I suppose as it gets these 'lived in' sort of creases. You can sew through it by hand, but I do admit I wouldn't want to spend all day doing it!
This little purse has two compartments inside and is the perfect size for credit/business cards, stamps and all the small bits and bobs that fall to the bottom of your bag! What do you think?