Oh, for the love of Duct tape!!! I am seriously going to make more of these cute little totes! They are super easy and fun to make and are also virtually waterproof on the inside! The best part of all is that Duct tape comes in an array of colors now, so coordinating the tape to your favorite fabric couldn't be easier!
I just fell in love with the happy buzzing bumblebees on this sunny yellow fabric that I had to use it! Plus it reminds me of summer and it is cold and raining cats and dogs here right now! So a good dose of sunshine is in order!
Doesn't matter what size fabric you use, just fold it in half and decide if it is a good size. No measuring on this part! On the folded side (the bottom of your bag) I cut a 2 and a 1/2 inch square out of each corner like below...the size of your square cut could be less if your are making a smaller bag, bigger if you are making a bigger bag. Not rocket science here, just go for it!
Next, I opended the bag to lay it flat and started putting the duct tape on what will be the inside of the bag overlapping just a little on each layer.
Keep going till you have covered the whole thing. Here is mine folded in half and covered in yellow duct tape!
Now for the handles, again make the handle size how ever you want, but I went with a rectangle shape about 4 inches wide and 2 and 1/2 inches tall. I measured from the top of the bag down 2 and a 1/2 inches and marked a spot in the middle. From the marked spot I drew a line 2 inches long in both directions outward (thus, the 4 inches wide). Then 2 and a 1/2 inches down to complete the rectangle. Then I drew the following lines and cut along them.
The cuts don't have to be pretty, since you will fold them back and tape over them.
Onto the sides, break out the stapler and start stapling about a 1/2 inch in all the way up the sides. Try to keep you stapling as straight as possible. Mine weren't that straight, but it didn't matter too much, it just could've been better.
Now to laying those stapled seams down and covering with tape. I found that putting a 2 x 4 under the seam was helpful. I separated the seams and flattened them as much as I could.
Secure the seam and flatten down with you tape like so.
The top of the bag gets folded over and taped down to create a clean edge. You can also add magnets under this layer of tape if you want the bag to close. I put two in on either side of the handle, just make sure they line up! Once you have the top folded over and taped grab the bottom corner wholes and pinch together and staple. Then you guessed it, cover those staples with the tape.
On to the best part turn you bag right side out and there you have it a cute no-sew duct tape bag!
Now I don't plan on carrying around a ton of bricks in these bags, but for the most part it is sturdy and can carry this or that to here or there! I came across this great idea on instructables.
Do I have you ready to create a duct tape bag?
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