If you haven't seen these before, they're called spring strips and they're perfect for glasses cases, little bags etc. I saw (and bought) them at the Australian Quilt Convention in February.
I stood there for ages deciding firstly, would I use them (or was I just going to store them forever in the box labelled "thought these were a good idea at the time"); secondly, what would I make; thirdly, what size (because as soon as you arrive home you'll think I should have bought the other size); and fourthly, how many to buy (since you'll never buy the right number). I'm sure many of you have been faced with a similar dilemma. In fact I went back to the stand and made a second purchase just before we left.
Now I'm very pleased to say I have used them. Well not all of them, but the fact I've come home and done something with them is a fabulous feeling. They are my favourite new 'gadget'. This little bag was a gift, so I'm hoping to find time this weekend to make one for myself. Sometime after the housework, gardening, family commitments..... so if I'm realistic, probably not.
And just in case your wondering, yes these are a couple of the gifts I had to have finished by today.