I've had two of these dingy Target paper lanterns for years
and decided that they needed a serious makeover:
all that I really kept are the cords and lampshade rings. I made the new shades out of plasticore. it's actually a fairly easy project, and I took a bunch of photos to serve as instructions, if anyone is interested...
this is pretty much a no brainer, but I didn't see any others posted... so here's a little bookbag that I made out of a leftover burlap rice bag.
all that I did was sew in a liner and add a little notepad and pencil pocket on the inside. (yeah, that's all... this was my first sewing project ever and it took a few attempts before getting it right!) I'm not sure what to do with it now, maybe I'll fill it with magazines and give it to my friend for her birthday... any suggestions?