Picture of No-Sew Duct Tape Zipper Pouch
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

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
  • 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
4getmenot2 years ago
I have made a few! What a great gift idea!
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scoochmaroo (author)  4getmenot2 years ago
jamowa5 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)  jamowa3 years ago
Miss415 jamowa3 years ago
beautiful material! I love yours!
scoochmaroo (author)  jamowa5 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)  steffunny3 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!)
chibimaddy5 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)
notuboc5 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
aneka6 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)  aneka6 years ago
Awesome!! You could cover it in patches. Or use the part of the jeans with the pockets to make another one!
eetzel6 years ago
I messed up the zipper. Oh well. I just won't close it. I will do better next time.
scoochmaroo (author)  eetzel6 years ago
Oh no! Well, it looks v. cute. Good luck with the next one!
brighter6 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)  brighter6 years ago
Hooray! It's beautiful, I love it! Amazing!!!!
AdilM made it!12 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 http://www.flight001.com/f1-seat-pak.html

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
amk13 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
runawaygirl4 years ago
just awesome! i made one which is exactly right to hold a phone :D ....my boyfriend absolutely loved it!
zanne1014 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!
crangirl5 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).
dimplasm5 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
bigbrosrule5 years ago
Wow! I usually only like duct tape 'ibles if they are 100% duct tape (with the exception of zippers, cardboard and other sometimes nesecary parts), but this one is helpful enough that I still like it. Good job! XD
I was wondering, how strong would that duct tape+zipper combo be if you didn't staple? As a "100% duct tape" kinda guy, I want to make sure the staples are nessesary before I use them.
If you don't want to mess with the zipper, may the pouch like an envelope pillow case.. Make flap for top that overlaps the bottom flap and seal the sides. It isn't as secure, but the overlap will keep in most your stuff . Wish I could draw on here.. would be much easier to explain. Maybe someone who is more alert this morning can explain for me.
scoochmaroo (author)  bigbrosrule5 years ago
I'm not sure.  Since I'm a fabric person, I'm always interested in new ways to make seams.  I don't know if I would trust duct tape as my only strength here. . .
BUT since this is such a simple project, I think it would be entirely worth the experimentation.
So I say go for it, and make sure to post your results!
Warlrosity5 years ago
Could one make a larger bag? 'cos this gives me an idea
scoochmaroo (author)  Warlrosity5 years ago
colorslam5 years ago
I have a zillion uses for little pouches like this, but they are always just a LITTLE too much work to sew. I gotta go get pretty duct tape and try this.
memiley5 years ago
Amazing! well done & utilitarian as well as aesthetically pleasing.
cali_mrtnz5 years ago
i love hello kitty, and i love duct tape, and i love making things. could you have appealed to me on any more levels?
this puts a new spin on duct tape; i've made duct tape messenger bags bfore, but now i have a new way to use fabric with it!
if you think about it, it makes the whole thing SO much sturdier, and so cute at the same time. thanks!
amnesia926 years ago
this is really cute and a great idea...i'll be trying it out.
{tauney}6 years ago
I showed this to my boyfriend this morning and he's not particularly impressed...but only because it had Hello Kitty on it.... http://www.kittyhell.com/ ]
I'm posting this over on www.curbly.com :)
modhomeecteacer I went to your site and am thrilled to find it! Thanks!
I have my new website/blog up and running--www.fliptstudio.com. Check it out.
scoochmaroo (author)  modhomeecteacher6 years ago
I've never heard of curbly, but I am now it's biggest fan. Thanks for the tip! I can't find this project on their, but I've fallen in love with many others. I'm currently asking many of them to cross-post, so maybe you'll see them here too!
I haven't posted it yet. Curbly was down when I was ready yesterday and I've been gone today. Just got home. I'll sendy you a friend request, did you join Curbly?
Really excellent instructions. You could submit your idea to a magazine. Your wallet looks beautiful!
scoochmaroo (author)  porcupinemamma6 years ago
Oh my goodness, thank you!!
jet h6 years ago
Hi, this i great,!!!! I love it, i have seen muchs things of duc tape, but this is more and so good overlocked! I will make some fot my own juse, i think some things for pencils. thanks for sharring this project and for the great div!
What do you mean by SA?
scoochmaroo (author)  Joy2theworld6 years ago
Seam allowance :D
mtjohnson66 years ago
Hi... I am soooooo lovin' this!! I have a blog and am sooooooo gonna make this!!! I will include a link to here (ALWAYS give credit where credit is due...my motto). I will coment and attach my link here when it is done!! Thanks for this super simple, totally awsome, useful and FUN idea. You ROCK!!! Marquita Stewart The Original Black Martha
scoochmaroo (author)  mtjohnson66 years ago
I look forward to it!
laxap6 years ago
Duct tape, staples... how clever ! This no-sew project gives us men access to a domain we are generally not used to. I give 5 stars ! We (the kids and I) made some right now. I'll post photos, but shh, it's for Mother's Day !
scoochmaroo (author)  laxap6 years ago
Awesome! laxap, that makes my day. I can't wait to see what you made with this.
One for each girl, one for their mom, one for my mom ! Can it be ironed (at low temperature) to get rid of the folds (slightly visible on the pic) ?
eygen laxap6 years ago
Assuming the glue on the tape or the tape itself won't melt at the low temperatures (low temp being under the boiling point of water), I think you could iron it. Be careful though, it's just a guess. By the way, I thought exactly what you said about having a new domain! I'm going to explore it when I have time, but I think I'm going to make one slightly bigger.
laxap eygen6 years ago
So, for the Explorers of the New Domain, here are a few tips from my journey...

0/ Iron the fabric first, if necessary ;-)

1/ Zipper: do not staple the zipper too near to the teeth,

2/ allow the fold to cover the teeth, slightly;

3/ do not apply the tape too near to the teeth, otherwise it could block the slider.

Do not forget to open the zipper !

4/ Corners: a lot of materials tend to accumulate there; cut them off (but away enough from the fold line).

Good luck !
DrBlind laxap6 years ago
This is a super amazing instrucatable thanks for posting it. And thanks for those great tips. Can't wait to make it, do you know how to keep the inside tape edges from rolling up and collecting dirt/lint?
scoochmaroo (author)  laxap6 years ago

Yes it can! (Though of course it's easier to iron the fabric before taping...)
Those are so amazing.
Great work, and thanks so much for posting!!!!
laxap6 years ago
On the no-sew principle, and exploring new domains (*)...

The no-sew idea inspired me for a no-solder no-programming robotics project (which is easy and IMHO sweet too). Maybe anyone here will try that new domain ?

Cheers !

(*) see my earlier comments
Thank you for sharing the tute. I had a lot of problems with the zipper part though because I'm a spaz with written instructions. Just for instructional purposes a contrast colored zipper would've been more helpful. I really enjoyed doing this project nonetheless.
scoochmaroo (author)  iliketocraft6 years ago
Good suggestion. I will keep that in mind for my future I'bles!
ninapratt6 years ago
Thank you! I make purses for my female and gay friends, and always like to add several zippered bags to hold like stuff with like so the purse itself doesn't get too cluttered. This is PERFECT. I've been buying tacky make-up bags etc. This is much better.
macrumpton6 years ago
I know that using duct tape has a manly appeal, but using a sewing machine is really not that hard and once you get some basic skills you can make everything from kites to clothes, sails to awnings, bags to pillows. Sewing Rules! PS you can often find sewing machines cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.
thenurse6 years ago
Simple, darling, functional. I can't imagine any way to improve upon your design. Kudos for the Instructable also, you made it easy to understand. Oh! And now I see additional Duct Tape/No-Sew scoochmaroo's at the bottom of the page . . . . . . . . .gotta go!
patiga6 years ago
Realmente increible y sobre todo explicado de una manera que no queda duda muchas gracias
Way to go. Very pretty. I have a question for the community. Does anyone know of a place a person can send an unfinished knitting, or beading project to to have it finished for a fee?
Blakeney6 years ago
Divine! And so clever. Can't wait to try!
mirandroid6 years ago
Is that a BPAL bottle I see peeking out?
scoochmaroo (author)  mirandroid6 years ago
I don't know what BPAL is. . . Maybe?
It's my geranium oil! I used it in Mineral Makeup. You'll see it in a lot more of the bath & body projects coming up too. It's my fav!
Oh, ok. I got all excited for a sec. BPAL people are like a cult. (http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.org) Geranium oil smells awesome, though.
debzie6 years ago
Super idea! I like that the duck tape makes the fabric waterproof and all. I might just have to try this. :D
luceida6 years ago
Beautiful..., I wonder How it would look if instead of "stapling", it was sewn.. I know, it beats the "no-sew" purpose... but still, you don't have to make the liner for the inside... as regular bags have. Anyhow.. really beautiful.
bcclear106 years ago
SoapyHollow6 years ago
Oh very clever! I have some purple duct tape and some kitty fleece that may soon meet each other. :)
scoochmaroo (author)  SoapyHollow6 years ago
Cool! I'd be interested to see how the duct tape interacts with the fleece ( meaning: you might want to do a test first. . . ). Def. post your results!
Oh, yeah...fuzzy and duct tape may not be one of my brighter ideas. I'll try a small patch and see how it works. But then I'm starting a new sugar class this week, so it may be a while, as I suspect I'll be up to my elbows in royal icing flowers and cupcakes. :)
scoochmaroo (author)  SoapyHollow6 years ago
Sugar class!!! Oh man I envy your lifestyle!
Heh, back atcha. :)
jaebeat6 years ago
<_< i actually kind of screwed up on this, so I turned the end product into a purse. it looks pretty sweet though, still. :D
cokecola6 years ago
Very creative.
luthiz6 years ago
Looks nice, but what about when the duct tape gets all gummy (after a week or so)?
LemonLily6 years ago
Thanks for sharing! Right now, I'm trying to make one but I'm out of staples! So sad! Can't wait to finish it up. Wow, your is really pretty. Looks better than the stuff you buy. I love that red and gold. Very Chinese-ish.
jaebeat6 years ago
this is sweett. i can't wait to try it. :D
fossfor6 years ago
wow! this is clever and beautiful. the best duct tape purse I've seen anywhere
acexkeikai6 years ago
oh that Hello Kitty fabric is ADORABLE! Thank you for the tutorial :)