I bought this fabric when it was on sale at JoAnns- It's my favorite fabric right now. I love the colors and the design reminds me of Japanese fabrics. I also had some brass metal clasps and hoops that I've been saving for a bag and I thought they worked well with the design.
I didn't use a pattern- I just winged it. I might go back and add some support and give the sides some dimension (its flat right now). Overall its a nice bag if I only have a few things to carry.
As an interior design student, I usually drag a lot of obnoxious crap across campus (I have more triangles than a girl should have). The school gave us a very unfashionable ziplock bag to carry our things in, but that wasn't cutting it for me. I wanted something very sturdy and big enough to hold most of my supplies. Oh- with lots of pockets....
My roommate this year are on opposite ends of the spectrum on almost everything. I am usually in bed before midnight, she starts her homework around 1 am. Since I am a very heavy sleeper, I wanted something that would block out the light from her desk lamp (which I swear must have a 400 watt bulb!). Thus I give you, the sleep mask:
When I found out I was going to my boyfriend's prom in May I knew I wanted something fifties-ish. He picked out the fabric (its pure silk- I got it for $4.99 a yard!) and I sewed it in the lounge of my dorm (I made a mess, my RA thought I was nuts). Anyway, we had a blast- it was better than my prom.
Oh yeah, I also made his tie. Its not short, he just can't tie it correctly
First thing first, you're definitely going to need duct tape. I find that the "Duck" brand of duct tape works the best. You'll also need -Floral wire -Wire cutters (to cut the wire) -Scissors, or a razor blade and cutting mat
First thing you do is to get your floral wire. Unroll as much as you want, or if you get the precut stuff...well, thats how long your stem is going to be. Just remember that the longer that the stem is, the harder it is to stand the rose up.
Next, take a piece of tape about 1" - 1 1/2" long and fold the top left corner down to the bottom right side, making sure to leave adhesive on the right side.
Then take the right side and fold it to the left side, making a triangle with adhesive left on the bottom.
Take that piece and fold either end over the tip of the wire, it depends on whether you're left or right-handed. Do it whichever way you're comfortable.
Now the key to making the center is to wrap the tape tightly. If the middle gets crinkled up, don't worry about it. You can take a pencil and push the crinkles out later.
To start making the individual petals of the rose, repeat the steps to make the first petal. Line up the second petal of the rose in the middle of the one you've used for the center. the tip of the new petal should be close to the same height and and close to center with the first petal. when you feel comfortable with the alignment, wrap that petal around the first one.
For every petal after that, point the tip of the petal in the direction you're wrapping. The corner that ends up on the top of the side of the petal should be lined up with the top tip of the previous petal. Wrapping petals in this fashion allow the rose to open up and look beautiful
Repeat this step over and over and over and over and over until you reach the desired size of the rose head. Just remember, a long stem with a big head wont stand up on its own at all!!!
Now its time to make your stem. Most sane people will use green tape, you know, to simulate a real rose but you can use any colour you like. <--Name the band and you're a winner!
Take your tape and pull off a long strip, it should be about as long as your stem. Rip it off, then take either scissors or a razor and a cutting mat and cut that entire strip in half. I find that the razor works better, and much faster, for those clutch situations.
starting at the base of the head, angle the tape at about a 45 degree angle and wrap it tightly downward, the tape will overlap and form creases, but that gives the stem character. If you have extra wire at the end when you run out of tape to wrap, chop it off and you have made your self a duct tape rose!
If you feel like experimenting further, try adding leaves or thorns to your stems.
Thanks for all the comments. I actually made Frank a while back for my boyfriends sister, but I loved him too much to part with.
eatmoreplants (I love your name!)- I did draw that poster. When I was in high school i was always bored so I colored sheets of paper with pencil and stuck them on my wall. I have a lot, but those are my favorite. i use them for design inspiration : ) Here's a close up
Finally posting pictures of my dorm room! People laugh at me- I really moved into my room. I just don't understand how they can live here with white walls and no decorations : /. My room is really tiny (smallest dorms on campus, go us!), but we still have a ton of junk. Enjoy!
UPDATE 12/26/06 He really loved it: "I absolutley loved the sweatshirt. I was in awe that my girlfriend would put out so much time and effort from her heart to make me such an amazing sweatshirt. I love her so much...the crafster world must know this." -Seth, the boyfriend : )