This summer, I really wanted to make myself a purse. Over the course of three days, I was able to make the duct tape strips, weave them together, and construct this purse. In total, I think it took me around 6 1/2 hours to make. If you are a beginner duct taper, I would recommend starting with a easier project to make.
- duct tape (I used 1 1/2 rolls of black duct tape and 1 1/4 rolls of teal duct tape)
- bag clasp (and a screw driver if it is needed)
- x-acto knife
- cutting mat
Step 1: Making the Strips
I started by cutting a piece of duct tape that was 10.5 inches long. I then used the ruler to make the strip 1.5 inches tall.
After cutting the strip, peel it up so the sticky side is facing you. Then, fold a small amount of the tape onto itself. Complete the strip my folding the remaining sticky side over.
I ended up making a total of 88 strips ( 44 of each color )
Step 2: Connecting the Strips of Duct Tape
After making all strips, connect them at a 90 degree angle using a small piece of duct tape.
Step 3: Weaving the Duct Tape
Start by taping two of the pairs to a flat surface next to each other. Then tape down the third pair. After doing this, weave the strips together (look at the pictures). Continue doing this until you have used all the pair. When weaving, keep the strips of tape close together.
Step 4: Trimming
After I weaved all the strips, I covered the back of it in black duct tape. Then I trimmed off the extra duct tape. My sheet of duct tape was 23 inches long and 7.25 inches in width.
Step 5: Making the Flap
I then made the flap rounded by drawing a pattern and cutting it out. Then, I traced the rounded edge on a sheet of duct tape and cut that out. I then laid that onto the rounded edge and cut 1/2 inch slits all the way around. Then, fold the slits over.
Step 6: Making the Strap
Using the same weaving technique, make the strap. I made the strap 44 inches long and 3 inches wide.
I use just over 50 strips that were 5 inches long.
Step 7: Marking the Purse
I started off by making marks where the purse will fold. I put marks at the 6 inch, the 9 inch, and the 15 inch. This left 8 inches for the flap.
Step 8: Constructing the Purse
Start by taping down the strap. Then cut 4 pieces of tape that are 6 inches tall and 1.25 inches wide. Use these to attach the sides. Apply half of the strip to the front of the purse and the other half to the side. Repeat this on the remaining three sides.
Step 9: Adding the Clasp
Follow the directions that came with your clasp. The clasp that I used required me to cut a hole into the flap.