I gave pattern-making a whirl this weekend.
This bag is modeled after a Life is Good bag that is my all-time favorite factory-made bag. It's not without mistakes, but I'm pleased with the overall shape, weight, and structure.
I'm also happy with my new photo background. I salvaged some corrugated cardboard from the patio set's packaging* and hung it as a background. This may be my salvation for pictures of objects that tend to tint the white background.
*The mega-big boxes have been re-purposed as a "clubhouse" and "bike garage" for my son.