If you're like me and you're already starting to think about diy presents for Christmas, read this post!
I recently found two patterns for medium-sized pouches that I really love and I can't recommend you enough. They're not for free, but I think it's money well spent.
The first one is Strap Clutch by Keyka Lou and the one you see in the photos has become my new makeup bag. The strap is so unique and beautiful, the pouch is very sturdy (the lining is interfaced and the exterior fabric has batting) and it's very very roomy. I made another one as a gift for my best friend (using green and black materials) and she really loved it. I wouldn't recommend it to a complete beginner, but if you have some skills, the instructions are great and easy to follow.
The second pattern is the Emmy clutch by PaisleyPearQuilts and I found it by chance on Etsy. The pleating is very elegant and the bag is very roomy, and very easy to make too. The instructions are well written and have many pictures.
The only modifications I made were adding some piping (yes, my obsession) and quilting the bottom, so that the bag can stand on its own more easily. The pouches you see above are for sale in my Etsy shop.