I recently ordered Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household after seeing quite a few projects that I wanted to try. I started with this small linen basket which is lined in a swiss dot and has batting between the layers. It gave me an excuse (not that I needed one) to try out one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine which actually is hearts however, I did them upside down.
This basket is small about 4" but quite good for carrying small things like a tiny hand sewing project, finger puppets or clothespins.
One of the pluses for this Japanese book is that the directions are in English.