I sewed myself this li'l bag on the weekend. It cost me more than $50 in materials and took about three hours.
Really, I could have just gone out and bought one - or two - for that money. But I reassured myself that it's all about the PRACTICE and EXPERIENCE.
I plan to make another one in the next week or so. I was going to start tonight, but, well... I just ended up taking photos of fabric stacks, thread and pin cushions instead.
Photography is probably a cheaper way to spend an evening than sewing, to be honest.