Introduction: High Quality Duct Tape Purse

After a long wait, The instructable for this purse is finally here.

Step 1: Items Needed

Razor Blade, Hobby knife
Stiff card board / Corrugated Plastic (like signs are made from)
Min 2 full rolls of duct tape (Favorite colors)
at least 17" of 1" wide magnetic stripping

Step 2: Woven Tape Prep Work

1) If you have the option to, make some markings in pencil that are 20" apart. I used the edge of the table to make it easier to remove the tape.

2) Place the end of the tape at one marking and obviously cut a 20" piece using the other marking. Ideally the overall length of the project will be 18", but were making it 20" to have a little play room if you need to do some trimming. (Pic 1)

3) Flip the tape over glue side up. Fold it length wise approx 1/3 of the way. (Pic2)

4) Fold the tape over again. Now the over all width of the strip should be pretty close to .75". (Pic 3)

5) Repeat process for the 20" pieces until you have 6 (or 12 if you don't want to alternate colors yet) strips.

6) Repeat steps 1-5 again but now make the strips 9". (Pic 4-6)

*Note: The cover picture's design was made with all the 20" pieces (12) all one color and the 9" strips were the 2nd color. But in this instructable was made with every other strip alternating colors giving it a striped design instead of a checkered pattern.

Step 3: Weaving Tape Strips

*Note: you will NEED LOTS of little strips of tape! They need to be less than  .75" (the width of the strips you just made). I cut off about .5" pieces from the end of the roll and then cut the tape in half so I have two 1" x .5" pieces.

1) First start with a 9" strip and place a 1" x .5"  on the end. (Pic1)

2) Grab your first 20" strip and place it perpendicular to the 9" and fold over the small piece of tape. Flip the strips over and tape your 2nd strip next to the 1st one. Make sure the following strip are alternating on either side of the 9" strip. Continue until you have all 12 strips lined up on the edge of the 9" strip. (do your best to keep the following strips at 90 degrees of each other) (Pic 2-4)

*note there will be about a .5" of tape left over on the end of the 9" strip. More play room for when you start weaving

3) Pull back every other strip and stick the next 9"strip in. Using the hundreds of 1" x .5" strips, tack each row of 9" strips to the previous row. Make sure to keep the weave as tight as you can without crushing for creasing the strips where they intersect. (Pic 6)

4) Continue until you have all  20" woven. (Pic 5 & 7)

5) Trim loose tag ends off flush with the last 20" strip and tape ends down with more 1" x .5" strips.

6) Trim loose tag ends off flush with the last 9" strip and tape ends down with more 1" x .5" strips.

7) place to the side for now, we'll finish this up later.

*Note: If all went well, you should have a straight edged 8.5" x 20"ish right angled woven mat.

Step 4: Purse Skeletal Structure

*Note: I prefer to use corrugated plastic used for like plastic signs because its sturdier than cardboard, cuts straighter and assembles easier... BUT a firm cardboard will work just fine.

1) Download the CAD drawing of the ovular design with notches cut out. Print it out using the setting to make it as full of a page as you can. The over all design should stand about 6" long when you cut it out. (Pic 1)

2) On your cardboard trace the template with your sharpie (or pen). Make sure the flat edge on the bottom of the template is perpendicular to the grain of the cardboard. If the the corrugation runs length wise, it'll be easier to cut and will be sturdier.

3) Assuming your using 1/8" cardboard, draw two lines from either side of the 2" wide flat edge 8.25" long. (Pic 2)

4) Making sure that the notches in the template are on the same side, mirror the ovular template to the end of the lines you just drew. (Pic 2)

5) Carefully cut out the template you just drew.

6) Using a sharp razor blade score the lines on either side where the flat edge is (DON'T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH!). Bend the ovular end back the other way  (pic 3)

*Note: Now the over all length of the frame should be 8.5" long.

7) Next you'll have to cut out four .5" x 8.5" long pieces of cardboard and one 1" x 8.5" long piece of cardboard. (Pic 4)

8) Now you'll have to wrap all the cardboard in tape to one hide the cardboard and two strengthen it. When covering the sidewalls and base piece, make sure you wrap the tape around the cardboard while it's bent at 90 degrees. Otherwise it wont bent properly and you may crush the cardboard. (Pic 5-7)

Assembly time!

9) Using the same color tape that you wrapped the cardboard in, cut strips .5" X 2" for the .5" x 8.5" pieces, and obviously 1" x 2" strips for the wide one. You'll need 4 strips per cross bar.

10) To give you a better idea of what the frame should look like see Pic 8. Starting with the 1" wide cross bar, tape the 2" strip of tape over the end of it and fold it to the outside of the side wall. Then tape the inside of the cross bar to the inside of the side wall. Repeat on opposite end. Make sure the the ends of the cross bar are flush with the outside of the side wall.

11) After the four 1" x 2" pieces are applied, cut more of the same colored tape to the length of 8.5" long. Wrap it around the cross bar. It'll cover the send of the 1" x 2" strips helping it hold it in place.

12) Repeat steps 10 and 11 four more times with the .5" wide cross bars.

*Note: the 2 cross bars at the bottom will be taped to the inside and underside on the bottom panel.  By now it should be getting pretty ridged. (Pic 9-11)

Step 5: Finishing Woven Sheet

1) For starters we need to tape the edge of the woven sheet to the underside of the 1" cross bar. Use the edge that you originally started the weaving with (not the frayed end). Tightly wrap the sheet around the frame until it overlaps the 1" cross bar. IF all goes well, the sheet should line up with one of the strips evenly flush with the bottom edge of the 1" cross bar. (Pic 1)

2) Take note where the sheet meets the bottom of the cross bar and cut off the excess.

3) Now that the woven sheet is cut to size, it's time to finish it up. On the back side with all the little holding strips, lay rows of 8.5" tape to cover up that messy look. For this purse, I alternated the black and blue tape to keep with the stripe patter on the opposite side. (For the pink and green purse, I did half length green and the other half pink). (Pic 2)

4) I personally alternated colors on opposite edges. On the front side of the sheet align your tape strip (cut to length for your sheet)and lay it directly over the outer woven strip. Fold the tape over to the back side. Do on all for sides and the sheet is done. (Pic 3-2)

Step 6: Assembly of Purse

So since the sheet is already taped to the bottom edge of the 1" cross bar, We now start attaching it to the rest of the frame. (Pic 1)

1) As you pull the sheet tight to the next cross bar, you will place a 8.25" strip of tape (I used the same color as the one I used to cover the cardboard) on the inside of the cross bar. Pressing firmly down on all the edges and adhering it to the inside of the sheet.Making sure to seal up all the cracks that may be visible.

2) Personally I like to use double sided tape when adhering the sheet to the underside of the frame. It helps keep it flat and standing upright when set down on a table. If you don't have double sided tape, rolling a long strip over itself making a double sided strip works just as well.

3) Continue around the frame for the 3 remaining .5" cross bars.

*Note: Make sure to keep an eye on your sheet in relation to the frame. you want to keep it as square as possible. If all was done correctly, the remaining flap of the sheet will lay perfectly over the top of the frame. (Pic 2-9)

4) Using the same color tape that's on the edge of the woven sheet, wrap a piece that long enough from the 1" crossbar all the way around the sheet to the top crossbar (align the edge of the tape to the 1st woven strip of the sheet). Cut slits in the tape that's overhanging. I like to cut them spaced evenly with the grid of woven strips. This will help when you fold the strips over to the outside of the sidewall (wont cause creasing in the tape and will seal up all the spaces between the frame and sheet).

4) Using 1" wide magnetic stripping, cut 2 pieces 8.5" long.

5) The stripping tends to come with the back side having adhesive to it. Peel off the wax paper, align the strip evenly along the edge of the sheet flap and press firmly.

6) Using the same color tape that is on the edge of the flap, place a strip of tape over the magnet holding it firmly in place and concealing it.

7) Repeat steps 5 by placing the tape directly on the upper edge of the 1" cross bar.

8) Using the same color tape that is on the 1" crossbar, place a strip of tape over the magnet holding it firmly in place and concealing it.

If everything went as according to plan, your flap overlaps the magnet on the crossbar and the purse will now stay closed!

9) For personal preference, I like to place tape over the out side of the sidewalls. Just to cover up all the strips of tape that are folded over. More visually appealing and cleaner looking.

Step 7: Purse Strap


1) Alright back to the tape. I find using to strips of (one of each color) cut into 24" lengths is plenty of room to play with for adjusting the length of strap for each person.

2) Just like the steps for making the woven strips, your going to fold the 1st 24" piece into 1/3, and then over itself again.

3) The 2nd strip; over lap the end of the previous strip about an inch and fold it over into 1/3, and again. You should now have one long strap about 47" long.

4) Using a SHARP knife (the thickness of the blade really helps for this), slice a line in the top of the outer frame walls about 1-1.5" from the top of the sidewall (near the pointed top)

5) repeat on the opposite side wall, keeping the spacing identical.

6) I find it easier to thread the strap through the slit you just cut if you cut the corners off the end of the strap (pointed end instead of a flat end). Thread the strap through and fold it down the inside of the sidewall.

7) Using the same colored tape that it covering the cardboard, tape down the piece of strap that you threaded through.Trim off any excessive strap if it hangs to far down and touches the bottom of the purse.

8) Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the opposite sidewall.

*Note: Be sure to measure the length needed for the person who will be wearing this. If the 47" is far to long for them, trim off equal amounts from both ends so the two colors stay centered.

Step 8: Finished and FABULOUS!!

All finished and looking fine ;) enjoy your new duct tape purse. Post your pics to show your designs. Happy crafting!

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