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Take your duct tape skills to the next level with this great zippered pouch.
The interior is water-proof, making this bag great for carrying, pens, make-up, whatever you can imagine.

Choose an outer fabric that suits your personality and function.
I knew when I saw this adorable Hello Kitty satin in my favorite color, I just couldn't resist.
In fact, I blame the fabric itself for the inception of this entire project. Sometimes it just calls to you!

This project is similar to another one you'll find in the awesome book Simply Sublime Bags by Jodi Kahn
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Step 1: Materials

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  • Paper to make a pattern (opt)
  • Fabric - about 8"x11" or so (since I used US legal paper). Customize to suit your needs
  • (not pictured) 7" zipper
  • Duct tape in color of your choice
  • Stapler + staples
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Step 2: Make Pattern

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Using this simple sheet of paper, I was able to make a quick and accurate pattern.

  • Cut off one margin along the red line.
  • Fold paper in thirds to simuate where you want the zipper to be.
  • Lay pattern on top of fabric and mark line about 1/2" outside of the edge as your taping area.

Step 3: Tape Fabric

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Prepare the back of your fabric with strips of slightly overlapping strips of duct tape

  • Cut strips of tape to extend slightly beyond marked lines
  • Overlap rows of tape a small amount
  • Re-trace pattern onto taped fabric
  • Trace 1/2" seam allowance around the outside of the perimeter
  • Cut fabric along outer line

Step 4: Apply Zipper

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It's easier than it seems to add a zipper to this simple pouch.

  • Lay the zipper upside down on one of the short edges of your face-up fabric (see picture)
  • Staple to fabric next to zipper teeth, using the seam marked on the taped side as a guide
  • Fold the fabric in half, lining up the unstapled edge of the zipper with the opposite edge of the fabric.
  • Staple as above.
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4getmenot2 years ago
I have made a few! What a great gift idea!
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scoochmaroo (author)  4getmenot2 years ago
jamowa4 years ago
This is a great project. I'm going to send it to a friend who is a GS leader. I'm sure the kids will love it.  My pouch pix attached.  I found the corners were hard to turn, so I may cut the ends diagonally next time to make better corners.

I like the pouches with zippers at the top, however, I can't quite figure out how to tape the zipper edges and pouch sides. Thanks a bunch!

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scoochmaroo (author)  jamowa2 years ago
Miss415 jamowa3 years ago
beautiful material! I love yours!
scoochmaroo (author)  jamowa4 years ago
Beautiful!  I hope you encourage the GS troupe to post their results as well!
Seriously, it looks like a designer make-up case.  Well done!
steffunny3 years ago
love it!!! just made mine in about 20 min :P
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scoochmaroo (author)  steffunny2 years ago
I love them!
Miss4153 years ago
I love this instructable so much because I never learned to sew and I love making things. I have a lot of colorful silky fabric scraps I've saved from clothes, linens etc and now I finally have a way to use them! I found colored duct tape and zippers at the dollar store.

Here's my first one ~ I messed up by stapling too close to the zipper teeth though so the tape doesn't completely cover staples so next time I'll adjust that. I added a charm to the zipper~ it came from an old necklace.
scoochmaroo (author)  Miss4153 years ago
Awesome! This looks fantastic!! (I stapled too close to the zipper on my first one too!)
chibimaddy4 years ago
I've been holding on to this for a couple of weeks. What a great project! I just made one today. I didn't have a zipper so I had to use velcro. Thanks so much for the instructable! :o)
notuboc4 years ago
that is cute~ i decided to make mine open at the top, which complicated the zipper, since it ended up folding back in on iteself, rather than into the back, as it would have it if i'd left the zipper on the front somewhere, but it still came out cute. thanks for the 'ible~
piccolo19795 years ago

This is the first thing I've ever made after checking out an Instructable & I totally love the way mine turned out! Very easy to follow, so don't be afraid to try it if your a newbie like me. 
Here's a couple pics of my finished pouch. I can't wait to make more of these! :)

scoochmaroo (author)  piccolo19795 years ago
Well, I'll keep this in mind
aneka5 years ago
I used denim from one of my old jeans for the cloth. A bit plain but it leaves a lot of space for personal designing. Still thinking of what to put up on the "empty canvas." :) Decided to put the zipper on top since I'll be using this as a pencil case. Your tutorial was very helpful. Here are some photos!
scoochmaroo (author)  aneka5 years ago
Awesome!! You could cover it in patches. Or use the part of the jeans with the pockets to make another one!
eetzel5 years ago
I messed up the zipper. Oh well. I just won't close it. I will do better next time.
scoochmaroo (author)  eetzel5 years ago
Oh no! Well, it looks v. cute. Good luck with the next one!
brighter5 years ago
here's the pouch i made. i had a little trouble understanding step six... the part about folding the seam allowance to the back as you're taping over the rough edges. i figured it out after i turned it inside out and it was a little uneven. overall it was pretty easy. i'll probably make a few more. thanks for the post! love & brightness!
scoochmaroo (author)  brighter5 years ago
Hooray! It's beautiful, I love it! Amazing!!!!
AdilM made it!6 months ago

Really enjoyed doing this project. I had to improvise and used super glue to hold the zipper-to-fabric seam because I wanted the zipper to be on top for volume :) Thank you scoochmaroo.


I wish I'd seen this before I sewed my new shoulder rest pouch for my fiddle case strap.I'll have to use this for another project soon; it looks like fun.

SeraphicD2 years ago
Hey Scoochmaroo,

So I have been eyeing this in-flight bag

but 28 bucks seems like a lot. Do you think your instructable would work with multiple zippered pouches a maybe duct tape/stapling the loop? I'd love to see you do a no sew version of that.
I just tried this and I jacked it up! LoL I can still see the staples along the bottom and I have gaps on both sides of my zipper. I put tape over them but when I turned the pouch inside out, those sticky parts were exposed. Back to the drawing board. I think I know what I did wrong. Oh, and it's crooked! LoL
amk12 years ago
My first attempt at a duct tape pouch. I had a little trouble getting the corners out though. Not bad for a first attempt.
that is so cute lolzzzzzz
This is a GREAT instructable! Planning on making one soon. Would sewing instead of stapling be a possibility, though? I've been looking for small, useful projects to practice my newly-acquired sewing skills on. Do you happen to know if the average machine could handle the thickness of duct tape and a zipper? Thanks (:
The duct tape actually jams sewing machines and causes tons of problems- stapling is the best way to go. Even hand sewing becomes difficult as the needle acquires tackiness from pushing through duct tape.
i love this ill have to try to make it some time thnx 4 the ible =P
runawaygirl3 years ago
just awesome! i made one which is exactly right to hold a phone :D boyfriend absolutely loved it!
zanne1013 years ago
Great project. Thanks for posting this.

I have some transparent duct tape made by Scotch ("Scotch Tough" duct tape) that I've used on outdoor repairs. Its 2" wide and I think it also comes in colors. It is the stickiest, strongest stuff I have ever used. You could probably use this to secure the seams and zipper without the staples. I think I bought it at Walmart (maybe automotive section?), but it's probably sold in a hardware store also.

I'm going to give this project a try with this tape - I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for sharing this! It was super fun and easy! A perfect way to use up fabric scraps
RaNDoMLeiGH4 years ago
Hey, what a clever way to waterproof a bag! I want to make a little one for my bento to hold a washcloth, but don't like the limited selection of waterproof "diaper" fabrics.

I'll sew mine, not a fan of staples, but many thanks for mentioning "waterproof". *smooch*
pinky2525254 years ago
girls are important on valentines day
This is a great gift for my friend and sister, thank you!
crangirl4 years ago
That's a great idea (and from a while ago, but I just saw it). I think you could also use old (worn-out) clothes for this. And if you have some old pants lying around (of bought at a thrift/second hand shop) with pockets at the side with zippers (if you know what I mean).. you can just cut these out and have a pouch! (And of course you can add tape if you like).
dimplasm4 years ago
Your instructable is my new favorite. I took it a step further and made it into a waist bag/fanny pack. I bought a lashing strap from Wal Mart, the kind with the quick release buckle (camping section). Measure your straps and decide which side goes where(left and right). Before you staple up the side seams, place your straps, from the fabric side, between and through the seam, leaving the buckle inside within the wrong side out pouch against the fabric. Staple it into place while you staple the seam, finish as above. You may want it a bit bigger, but you can match one for whatever outfit you are wearing.
b1russell5 years ago
Wow!  Duct tape is SO not my thing, but I'm in rather desperate need of a zippered pouch - or 2 - so I thought I'd just take a quick look.  I'm hooked!  Running out right now to find some duct tape that's not colored battleship gray!  Thanks!!!
If you haven't found any yet, bot JoAnn and Michaels carry colored duck tape as well as some new stuff with patterns.

Suzanne in Orting, WA
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