This isn't the first time I've made this Hexagon Flower Flap bag. In fact, it's the fourth. I made three versions of it as shop samples and taught a few classes on it. But that was ... wow, like 8 years ago! If I recall correctly (and that's a big if these days), this was the first "Japanese" bag I ever made. It also started my love affair with Japanese bag-making techniques, patterns, craft books & magazines, and of course fabrics.
It's a clever little design with the hexie flap and the little snaps inside so you pleat the opening or leave them undone. I was inspired by the gorgeous Daiwabo acorn/stripe print I found last year (sorry, very hard to find) and I used old scraps from my precious Japanese fabric stash for the hexagons.
I wish I could have found silver or brass snaps in my cupboard, but I had to settle for black. It makes me wince just a bit when I see it. Maybe if I remember the next time I'm at the notions store I will get a better colour and replace it.