my dad has a late sixty-something austin healey sprite, a tiny little british car that he restored a long time ago. it's a really cool car. problem is, there is never ANY sprite memorabilia of any kind anywhere, ever! however, i found a photo online and thought it would make a great t shirt for father's day, and it came out great.
so i saw this travel show, and somewhere in a montage of shots of a vienna hotel room, i saw the coolest lamp ever flash across the screen. it seemed to be a bulb with a bunch of wires coming out of it, with binder clips at the end holding little pieces of paper with quotes from famous philosophers, et cetera on them. a while later i'm attempting this, and i think the progress is coming along fantastic. i can't decide if it's done or not, but thought i'd still share:
this is what it looks like lit up at the lowest setting:
to make it, i searched around for a touch lamp with a detachable shade at home depot. any kind of lamp would work, and i bet some cool vintage garage sale lamps would look really cool with this, but i really wanted a touch lamp. i found the perfect one for $20- it has three settings for brightness which works really well when you're switching different shades of paper or stuff like that. i bought a couple of 24 packs of simple black and silver binder clips from office max for like $1.50 each, and some bendy craft wire type stuff at a hobby store for another $2. all i did after that was wrap the wire around the base, just under where the bulb screws in, stick a bit out, bend the other end around a binder clip, and stuck some panels from some old comic book i bought for a dollar into it. i think this would look really cool if you used all sheets that were the same color, like post it notes or something, with little pen and ink drawings on them. it'd also be great for keeping reminder notes, hah
post if you make one, i'd really like to see some cool old garage sale lamps!
first, get yo'self a piece of cool fabric. something heavier and tougher works best, flimsier fabrics might yield a flimsier wallet. now cut a roughly 9" by 18" square.
fold the square in half and stitch up the sides, leaving a small hole, maybe 3/4" to 1".
now pull the whole thing inside out through the hole, and stich up the hole.
now flip your bag-like square of fabric so that the folded seam is on the top, and stich on your pockets. make sure to do this now, because stitching the pockets on later would be nearly impossible!
i hemmed the little squares of fabric i used to make the pockets with, but remember, the pockets should measure a finished 3" by 2.5" to fit standard cards.
now that your pockets are on, fold the wallet in half again, so the pockets are on the outside, facing you. simply stitch up the two sides and you're done! (don't stitch up the top...that's where the bills go)
if you add embellishment, like the little squares of fabric i put on mine, make sure to think ahead and put them on as soon as you can, as it gets harder and harder to stitch things on as the wallet is progressively more and more folded- i almost stiched a couple of pockets shut while doing this!
and you're all set! a quick, simple wallet- nothing fancy, but if you have cool fabric, then you'll get comments every time you pull it out to pay for something!
i made a couple of these; one i've been using for several months now and the other has just been sitting around. it's just a simple pattern i made up, nothing too fancy, but i like the fabric. should i post a how-to?
this is my first post, i hope these photos work
this is my first attempt at a wallet, or pretty much any sewing, actually, so the stitching's crooked, but the one i've been using has proved surprisingly durable, surviving 3 or 4 months' daily use so far with no ill effects!