For our Design class, we had to promote reusing products by taking something that would normally be thrown out and making something new out of it. I don't throw away a lot of things in the first place, so early on in the semester I started collecting trash, but I could never figure out anything that I could make out of it that wasn't too much like a first grade crafts project.
So finally I settled on a pair of jeans that was too short for me. They had actually been sitting in my drawer for over a year waiting to be donated. I kept forgetting to take them out whenever there was a clothes drive on campus. I cut off the top part and made it into a skirt with a little extra fabric.
The skirt is really ugly, by the way. It doesn't flow right when I put it on. I don't really care though because I was never going to wear it anyway, I hate skirts.
I had most of the pants legs left, so I took one and made it into a little purse. It is on the small side, but as you can see, it fits my wallet and my phone, which is really all I need. It also has special fitted pockets for cards, a little pocket for coins, and a slot for lip balm or lipstick. There is a front pocket that was meant for pens, but I made it too small so it will only fit shorter writing utensils. Whoops. The handle is made of the jeans hemline. The purse is very light and floppy. I doubt I'll carry this around a lot as well, I don't like carrying bags.
I pulled an all-nighter sewing all this stuff by hand.
Not many people actually used something that was going to be thrown out for their project. A lot of people seemed to buy brand new things for their projects, or (marginally better) buy a lot of a certain product so they'd have enough trash to make whatever it was they were making (think soda can tabs).
I think our assistant teacher guy will be putting up all our photos and stuff in an online gallery in the next few days. When that happens I'll put up a link so you can marvel at how much cooler everyone else's stuff is =P