This project came out of my desire to collect wrappers from Pokemon card booster packs. I simply adored the artwork! But after a while, my collection was turning into useless junk. I figured that there had to be a way to display the wrappers while having a practical purpose. Thus, a lunch bag was formed.
Step 1: Collecting Your Supplies
This is what you are going to need. Some items are easy to get, while others may need creative alternatives.
Card wrappers - Well, you don't have to use card wrappers per say, and they don't have to be Pokemon either. They just need to fit into a card sleeve sheet. Playing cards are too wide and too ridged.
Card sleeve sheets - You can find these anywhere. They fit typically 9 cards on one side. I found mine at the dollar store. If these are hard to find, you can use a plastic sheet protector. You will need 4 of these.
Duct tape - It doesn't matter what colour you use. You may need 1-2 rolls depending on how much love you have for the Duct tape.
Duct wrap (Foil looking bubble wrap insulation stuff) - You should be able to find this at any home reno store. They come in sheets and rolls. It's usually found in the insulation isle at the store. If you don't want to spend the money on a large roll, or you can't find the stuff, a car window shade will also work as long as it appears to have that bubble wrap inside.
Sticky back Velcro - You can also find this at the dollar store.
Scissors - For cutting stuff of course.
Step 2: Sliding in the Wrappers
First, you will need to cut off a little from the top and bottom of the wrapper. Each wrapper is slightly taller than the card sleeve.
Locate the side of the sleeve where it is open, and slide the wrapper in front side down. Why front side down? That is so we can seal the wrappers in place. Flip the sleeve sheet over to see if you got it in right.
Step 3: Slide in All 9 Wrappers
Continue the process by sliding in one wrapper in each slot to have a total of 9 wrappers.
Step 4: Duct Tape to Seal
We will now need to seal in the wrappers. This is to make sure that the wrappers stay put, and if there ever is a water spill, the sleeves will stay dry. When sealing the top opening, wrap the tape to the front side. Trim the excess from the top.
Step 5: More Duct Tape
Tape lines down covering the entire back of the sheet. Again, if there happens to be a water leak, everything will be sealed.
Step 6: Repeat the Duct Tape Process
Repeat the Duct tape process three more times. You should have 4 pages of card wrappers in sleeves ready to go.
Step 7: Applying Duct Insulation Wrap
Cut out a piece of duct insulation wrap/car window shade the same size as one sheet of wrappers. Duct tape the two together on all 4 sides.
Step 8: Repeat for the Other 3 Panels
Add the insulation to the other 3 sheets.
Step 9: Taping the Bottom
Take two sheets and place them together, bottom edge touching bottom edge. Duct tape these two together on both sides (front and back).
Step 10: Adding the Sides
Line up one side to the second row of the already taped panel. Duct tape this on both sides (front and back). Repeat this to the other side with the last page. If you did it correctly, it should look like the 5th picture.
Step 11: Taping Up the Walls
Fold up one of the sides. Tape this to the bottom, both inside and outside. Do this with the other side.
Step 12: Finish the Final Wall
Tape up the final panel, both inside and out.
Step 13: Velcro Attaching
Cut a length of Velcro that is just short of half the inner perimeter. I find that it's easiest if you stick both loop and hook sides together, unpeel one side of the Velcro to the bag and stick it on. Unpeel the other side of the Velcro and smoosh it to the other side while closing the bag. Open it up to see that both sides of the Velcro are sticking on the sides.
Step 14: Don't Stop There...
Use this method to create other bag things! I've also made a shopping bag with this method. Possibly my next project might be a backpack! Have fun with it!