Intro: Duct Tape Swag Bag
I am a man. With alot of random crap I like to carry. I need a bag to carry it in. (NOT A PURSE!) So I buy swag bags. You know, the bags that tighten on top with a pull string that doubles as the straps? Well, i've learned that swag bag manufacterers have no idea what they are doing. So, i'm making my own. Problem was, I only had the materials I could buy in my home town gas station. But, I like to get creative. The duct tape Swag bag was born!
Step 1: What You Will Need
First and foremost, you cannot have a life if you are going to attempt this. Obviously you won't have a girlfreind, becasue your making arts and crafts on the internet. That screams sexy doesn't it? Second, you must have a lot of free time. School works nice.
The actual things you need are simple:
A crap- ton of duct tape
A sewing kit.
Very thin rope or cord.
Step 2: First Step
The first thing your gonna want to do is find out how big you want your swag bag to be. I made the base about 1 foot.
Take a strip about 1 foot big,(doesn't have to be exact) Take another strip that is slightly longer and stick the sticky sides together. Stick the excess tape to the back of the strip. Do this until you have about 10 strips. Then, tape them together using a longer strip, again taping the excess to the back. Once you have that done, Tape all edges. Place the new sticky tape on the edge and tape around to the other side. This will strengthen the material, and avoid fray. You can then continue tapping in this vertical direction, or leave it be. I tis up to you. Repeat this all again. So you end up with two identical pieces of material.
Step 3: Putting It Together
Take the two pieces, and makes sure that there is no sticky duck tape showing, as this will get all gross later on. Using the sewing kit, tightly sew both sides together at the bottom. Make sure you go around a few times to ensure a strong grip. Now take duct tape and cover the stitches. Using a pencil or pen, pop a hole in each corner. At the top of your material, cut two triangles out of the fabric, but make sure they are spaced apart. Sew up the sides and cover with tape. You may also want to stitch and cover the edges of the triangles at the top, but DO NOT stitch the two pieces of material together. These stitches are only for strength.
Step 4: Straps.
Fold over those triangles at the top and sew them down tight. THis is important. Now take your cord and cut it in two. Lets say about 2 feet each. (Just because I don't know what you guys are doing with your size, and you can always cut off later.) feed one string through one piece of fabric, making sure that it comes back out in the same direction. You should have both ends of the loop on the same side Cut off any excess and put both ends through the holes you popped on the bottom. Tight a big knot there. Do the same for the other side.
Step 5: Done-dee
You have a bag. Paint it. Leave it alone. Do what ever you want. But when it breaks apart, you have no one to blame but your self.