You should check all the different machine sites, Bernina, viking, Pfaff, Janome, ETC..... they ALL have free projects and are a wealth of information for ANY project ideas. Also good 'ole HGTV.com and DIY.
i MAKE PURSES AND TOTES AND OTHER SMALL ITEMS GREAT GIFTS AND GREAT WAY TO USE UP MY "REST OF'S" ( Ihave a friend that refuses to have leftovers so rest of's are what we eat or what we didn't use in our last project) I make my own patterns Usually look at a tote, purse etc and then draw a quick sketch to help me remember. Made one from a picture in the paper of one by a well known design company that was selling this small evening type bag for almost $200.00. admitedly fancier fabric but not that much e mail and I will be more than happy to share my designs or help you make your own (and I am not an artist) ANN
Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs has some great purse/tote patterns that are REALLY easy. Joan also has a great blog you can join and become a Lazy Girl yourself. Her website is www.lazygirldesigns.com and the free pattern links are on her homepage