Introduction: DIY Magnetic Locker Pouch

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With school approaching quickly, advertisements are everywhere speaking of locker decorations and school supplies. I have had countless problems with store-bought locker pouches. The ones I have had previously are expensive, not made sturdy enough, and lack a strong magnetic hold to the locker. I knew I could make my own locker pouch for less money and create a sturdier model. So I decided to construct a Magnetic Locker Pouch that would work and be better than store-bought pouches! Click here to view an example of a locker pouch that I am trying to imitate, only better.

Materials:
  • Duct tape
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife
  • Adhesive Magnetic Stripping

Step 1: Structure

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Begin by cutting your cardboard into the preferred size with your X-acto knife. Then, duct tape the cardboard to give it a glamorous look.

Step 2: The Pouch

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Hunt down some fabric that matches your duct tape. The fabric doesn't have to be large--it should be just big enough to form a pocket in the front and wrap around to the back. To make the top of your fabric look nice, fold it backward, and duct tape it to create a "hem". Lay the fabric on top of the cardboard base, starting a few inches down from the top of the base. Fold the excess fabric on the bottom to the back, and duct tape it to the base. Duct tape the lower portion of the sides to the back. Adjust the upper sides of the fabric to create the desired pocket depth. Then, duct tape the upper sides to the back of the base in the desired position.

If a neater look is wanted for the back of the base, duct tape over the back once more.

Step 3: Magnets!

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I decided to use adhesive magnetic stripping for my Locker Pouch. Cut four strips the length of the pouch, and unpeel the wrapper on each.  Stick one on the bottom, and the other three on the top.

I wanted to be sure the pouch's magnetic hold to the locker was strong, since previous encounters with store-bought locker pouches showed me some aren't constructed as well. My store-bought pouch's magnets broke off (even the metal) and became a sharp hazard.

Step 4: Fill

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Lastly, fill up your Magnetic Locker Pouch with your pencils and supplies, and place it on your locker door! Enjoy your new, strong locker pouch that will take a beating and still work well! :)

Comments

flor2011 (author)2015-08-24

AWESOME!!!! Thank I really needed a DIY pcket 4 muself

inspiredbyview (author)2013-08-17

Really cool!

ilovewrangler (author)2013-08-16

do you know any other back to school ones????

kat0814 (author)2013-08-16

Sooo cute. Keep sharing! :)

monkeymania101 (author)2013-08-12

I have the exact same problems! This is what I'm going to do this afternoon!

KarenInRed (author)2013-08-11

Awesome. I was just telling my daughter (who will be a Freshman this year) that we could probably make the things she wanted to buy for her locker. This will be our first project !

jessyratfink (author)2013-08-11

That's such a great idea. :D

Thank you! :)

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