Have you met the OTHER Kristy, over at Hopeful Threads? The whole philosophy of her blog is about sewing to give back. She is awesome. She recently has become involved in a great organization called Create H.O.P.E. Designs, where a bunch of talented designers have come together and donated their time to make patterns, which are then sold for a mere 5 bucks a piece, with 100% (!!) of the proceeds benefiting orphaned children all over the world.
Kristy's contribution is the A+ Art Portfolio! It is a super cute bag designed with the little artist in mind, with a laminate lining for containing messes. She even details a bunch of modifications and variations to the pattern on her blog, here.
The pattern can be found at Create H.O.P.E. so go check it out, along with the many other great patterns available! I got my copy and hope to whip a couple up in time for the holidays :) Kind of perfect to make a great kid gift, while helping other kids at the same time, wouldn't you say?