So, the title says it all. I've been jonesing for a new bag and not willing to foot the bill for a nice Epiphanie or Kelly Moore. Plus, everyone KNOWS you can't take good pictures without a cute bag, right....RIGHT?!
So, I searched the net high and low and found lots of tutorials for making your own out of a purse. I picked the best one (to me) and went on the search for the right bag. I found an awesome bag at Target, made by Mossimo. It fit MY criteria. It was small enough that I could carry it every day, it had a zipper closure, and it was the right size.
I bought the bag ($30), about 1/3 of a yard of 1 inch foam, 2/3 of a yard of 1/2 inch foam (together $7), and a yard of pretty fabric ($4.50) (I have foam left over). I brought everything home and measured the inside of my bag. I cut the 1 inch foam for the bottom and two pieces of 1/2 inch foam for the sides. I measured out the fabric and sewed them into a pillow case then inserted each piece of foam and sewed together. I also sewed a few dividers so that my equipment doesn't bump in there. It is all explained better (and with pictures) in the tutorial above.
So, what does it hold? It holds my Canon 50D with Sigma 30mm lens attached. My Canon 70-200L 4 lens laying on it's side and my speedlight. I've been able to put 1 of my extension tubes in there with the flash without any bulk. In the small pockets on the front I've got my extra batteries and memory cards. This is THE PERFECT bag for me. I can (and will) carry it as a normal purse, because there's room for wallet, cell, etc. And it isn't crazy bulky.
ETA: Forgot to mention, this bag also comes with a messenger style strap that hooks on the sides. Only problem is, with the weight of the equipment, it sits kind of funny. I'm going to have to work on that....it's definitely another reason why I chose this bag.