The Jean Project (Part I)

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Building life skills and learning to construct different types of apparel. First up, is learning to make denim pants. Denim is truly the most versatile and hardy fabric. The hardest part of this project really is working with a sewing machine. Sometimes the machine appears to have a mind of its own. Maybe one of these days I will get a proper cutting board / cutting table. Not done yet. I will post the completed product in a later post.



The Backpack Project

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The ultimate goal to the backpack project is to design and sew a usable sturdy backpack. To start, I wanted to create a model of what the backpack could potentially look like.


  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • Regular Paper
  • Card Stock Paper
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scotch Tape
  • Scissors

Using my best geometry skills and understanding of 3D modeling, I sketched up a pack viewed at different perspectives.

Backpack Rough Sketch

Next, I was going to fully design the backpack in a 3D modeling software, but stopped and did not go forward with applying material and texture.

Backpack design using modeling software
Backpack design using modeling software

Moving on, I got some card stock paper and started drawing a pattern that when cut out would be a cube (the backpack).

Backpack Pencil Pattern Layout

Time to color.

Backpack pattern with colors applied

After cutting out the pattern, folding into cubes, and applying tape and glue, I finally had something that resembled a backpack.

Backpack folded but pocket cubes not yet attached
Paper Backpack Model put together

IMD: Best of 2017

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Check out the celebration of the best doodles of 2017:


IMD: Best of 2016

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Check out the celebration of the best doodles of 2016: http://designersandmusicians.com/bestOf/idlemindsdoodlebestof2016.pdf

2017 coming soon

3D Blender Rendered Watch

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Top View Watch
Diagonal View Watch

Photo Details: This is a 3D rendered watch created in Blender. Just an experiment to see what I could design in a short period of time.

Shoe Eyelet: Macro Mobile

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Shoe Eyelet with string. Some stitching is visible as well.


Photo Details: I was looking at shoes and thought I should take a picture. I am using the vivitar macro lens attachment for mobile phones. It gets great detail. The only downside is that the camera on the mobile dulls the color.