IDEA: Cut assymetrically into a recyclable top, T-shirt, or wool, leaving a triangular space in front and back of top. ADD in large square or rectangle for longer drop. Sew a corner into triangle space on top: continue seeming straight edge of rectangle with diagonal cut in top. The rectangle will be ON THE BIAS, thereby creating the folds at front and back. Join sides of rectangles. The triangle cut outs can be added on as pockets or side edge decoration.
Crochet covered journals/book covers... or, take a lace doily, cut some cute paper to fit inside (cut to size, fold in half, and staple), tie on a leather string that is long enough to wrap around a couple of times, and tie a key or pendant on the other end