When I spotted this flame colored Duct Tape, I immediately thought it would be perfect for my little boy. I wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I bought a roll of it plus a couple more from Amazon. (They having a new “add on” promotion where you can add similar items for less and it almost makes up for the fact they are now charging tax in Texas.)
After stepping on a several Legos, (why do Legos hurt so much, btw?) I decided to make him a little pouch to keep his favorite legos in (He likes to carry around a select few, plus it will give me a place to put the stray pieces I find all over the downstairs.)
I just love it, (and he does too!)
This tutorial is for a 6 by 9 inch pouch, but you can easily make any size using different sized zipper.
- Duct Tape
- hot glue
- 7 inch zipper
- scissors and or exacto knife (the exacto knife really make precise cutting easy)
Keep going until you have an 11 by 11 square. Word of caution: Do not leave this project unattended if you have a curious kitty roaming around!
Cut more strips of the duct tape and layer these new pieces over the first strips, sticky sides together.
Keep going until you have covered all of the 1st side of the strips.
Fold the tape sheet in half. Use a flat object to get a good crease.
Center the zipper at the top (open side) of the pouch.
Using your ruler, measure 1 inch from the metal “zipper stopper”. (I don’t know what the technical name, but I am referring to the little pieces of metal that stop the zipper on each end.) Use your exacto knife or scissors to to cut an even edge. Trim the edges on both sides.
Next, cut off a 10.5 inch strip of duct tape. Fold the edges so they met in the middle.
Fold the tape in half and use your flat object to get a good crease.
The folded edges should be on the inside and it will look like this: (We will sandwich the zipper inside this piece.) Repeat this process and make a second folded piece.
Lay your zipper face down on your work space and run a line of hot glue along the fabric edge of the zipper. Place the folded piece of duct tape on the glue, make sure that you have allowed enough room for the zipper to move back and forth. Work quickly and firmly press the tape into the glue.
Flip the zipper over and glue the other side.
Cut another 11 inch piece of duct tape and line it up along the duct tape encased zipper edge:
Line up the edge of the zipper with the edge of the pouch and press the tape firmly to seal. If you have an extra bit of the pouch edge hanging over, just trim it off.
Tear off another 11 inch strip, flip the pouch over and line it up along the duct tape enclosed zippered edge.
You’ll have to maneuver your pouch around a little to work on the other side. Check along the zipper, if you see any glue that got squeezed out, carefully remove it using your exacto knife.
Trim the excess tape off so it is even with the pouch.
To seal the edges, cut a 6 inch piece of tape. Lay the tape face up on your work space and mark the center with the tip of a marker. This will help you line up the tape so it is even on both sides.
Line up the tape along the edge leaving about an inch hanging off the bottom.
Snip the over hang up to the pouch bottom and fold up.
Fold the tape over the edge and wrap the other over hanging piece around the other side.
Repeat this process on all the other corners.
Add a few smaller pieces to reinforce the top and bottom edges.
That is it, you are done… Isn’t it so cool?
Amazon has such a huge selection of patterned Duck Tape, I would love to get a few more rolls.
Disclaimer: I made this pouch a week ago and it has held up just fine so far. I think at some point with heavy use, the zipper will probably start to come loose. I will just add a bit hot glue and re-attach any loose spots.
Good luck and have fun!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.