No-Sew Duct Tape Zipper Pouch




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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

Step 1: 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

Step 2: Make Pattern

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

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

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.

Step 5: Close Sides

Now we determine for once and all where we want that zipper to line up.

  • Use the paper pattern as your guide for where to fold the fabric
  • Staple along sides, using seam lines as a guide
  • Open the zipper before completing final edge (so you can turn it right side out when you're done!)

Step 6: Tape Down Raw Edges

All that's left is to tape up the raw edges!

  • Tape over exposed edges of zipper
  • Lay tape over staples on front side and fold SA to the back
  • Repeat on other side

Step 7: Finis!

All that's left is to turn pouch right side out and fill it with your stuff!

I hope you've enjoyed this simple yet attractive 10-minute project. Good luck with all of your own designs, and please do post your results in the comments!

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95 Discussions


9 years ago on Introduction

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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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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!


7 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Awesome! This looks fantastic!! (I stapled too close to the zipper on my first one too!)


9 years ago on Step 7

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)


9 years ago on Step 7

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~


9 years ago on Introduction

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! :)

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10 years ago on Introduction

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!

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Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Awesome!! You could cover it in patches. Or use the part of the jeans with the pockets to make another one!


10 years ago on Introduction

I messed up the zipper. Oh well. I just won't close it. I will do better next time.

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10 years ago on Introduction

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!