In lieu of writing essays, I've been making a lot of duct tape purses recently. I made a new pattern for a handbag, and I made ones with skittles and ramen bags:
Both have a velcro closure. I added a bit of lace to the ramen one to pull together the color scheme. I took some photos while I was making them so if anyone is interested I can post instructions. Though I probably didn't use any innovative methods.