Packing Strap Bag




A bag made out of packing straps.

Step 1: Supplies

Absolutely need:
Packing Straps any color or width.
Bulletin board and push pins
One or two peices of clear tubing to use as handles depending on what style of bag you want. The tubing should fit 3-6 of your straps into it. You can get this at hardware stores.

Supplies to make it easier:
Packing Tape

Step 2: Starting the Bag

Make a "t" with two packing straps.
Think about how big you want your bag to be. All of the packing straps that you use need to be A LOT longer than the bottom of your bag plus the two sides.

Step 3: Weaving the Straps

Now that you have the "t", weave other strips onto it.
Add straps and weave until the bottom is the size you disire.

Reminder: Make sure that all the straps are long enough to fit the bottom and sides of the bag you want to make.

Step 4: Folding the Straps

Get a ruler and put it to the edge of the bag's bottom. Crease the straps.

Do this to four sides of the bottom.

After you are finished with the folding, put tape on the perimeter of the bottom of the bag in order to keep straps in place.

Step 5: Starting the Sides of the Bag

Take a new strap and estimate how long the perimeter is and add about 5 inches or so. Cut the strap.

Weave the strap that you just cut into the sides of the bag.

Weave this strap around the whole bottom. Overlap and tighten the strap so that the vertical straps are pointing up. Clip the horizontal strap where there is excess overlap.

Step 6: Weaving

Keep weaving straps around the bag until you get to a height that you are happy with. Change where you overlap each time you start a new row. This is so that the bag has strength.

Step 7: Weaving Again

When you have the height that you want decide on what straps you want to be your handles. Clip these and the two straps next to it so that you will not weave these.

Weave the straps back into the back (shown below). The ones that are over the top strap go inside the bag. The ones that go under the top strap go on the outside of the bag.

Keep weaving them into each other until the strap runs out or it just got too long.

Do this until you have your 12 straps for your handles. Six for each handle. These should be consistant=if you have one handle on the fourth strap from the corner, it should be the same for the other side.

Step 8: Handles

Get your plastic tubing.
Idealy you want it to fit 3 or more of your straps into the tubing.

Take the longest strap that was not woven into the bag and push it through the tubing, then weave it into the bag where the handle is going to end. Do this for as many of the staps as you can (that were not woven into the bag).
Then repeat for the second handle.

I am using two different bags that I have made to show you how to put the handles on.



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    10 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    that's got to be tough as nails too. I wonder if you could fuse the weave with heat to make it even stronger


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have a lot of them too, I make smaller thing with them like pencil holders. I'll try a bag someday.

    I can make a lot of different things if I can fuse them with heat, bit I cant :(


    10 years ago on Introduction


    I've been collecting this strapping for ages - see our website
    you can have some free if you pay p&P or if you're buying something else that covers the p&P.

    I'm delighted to find this pattern to make this.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have seen spools of this ribbon in the harbor freight catalog for cheap in case you don't have a recycled source for it. Also they look more like baskets than bags, are the bag floppy or basket rigid?

    2 replies

    Hi - the basket I have is sturdy -its not at all floppy - it seems to be reinforced with some wire around the top..I think they are more sturdy basket than floppy bag. Do you know where I can find people to make them for me?So far, NE Thailand seems to have cornered the market - p


    I would suggest that you look into organizations that care for the mentally handicapped, if you are looking to make them in the USA. The laws allowing that vary from state to state. I had a friend in the UK that did that there. Otherwise I suggest Mexico. It all comes down to how much you can afford to pay for the baskets, and shipping costs. I suggest you talk with your local trade organizations and chamber of commerce, and maybe they would have suggestions.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    So when you weave the horizontal rows, how much do you overlap the weaving, the extra five inches, or do you clip the excess? Is there away to fuse two pieces of ribbon?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable! I see those bands or ribbons (typically pallet straps) lying around as litter in the club stores (like Price Club etc) and at lumber yards and the smaller ones I see by the copy machine where boxes of paper are opened. Now you have given us something fun and productive to do with that litter.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I love it! I have been seeing these bags all over but didn't know what type of ribbon they were using. Where can you buy the ribbon at?


    11 years ago on Step 8

    You forgot the picture.