Craft a unique, fun purse from colorful duct tape—no sewing required!
- Duct tape—one roll each of blue, green, gray, turquoise, white and yellow
- Two 1-1/2-inch silver D-rings
- Eight 1/2-inch silver grommets
- Magnetic purse closure
- Craft knife
- Two screwdrivers
GENERAL TIPS FOR WORKING WITH DUCT TAPE:
- Work on a flat, clean, lint-free surface, like a counter top or cutting mat. Wash your hands or wear gloves; duct tape quickly picks up dirt.
- Most items are fashioned from “fabric” sheets that you make by overlapping strips of duct tape to make a sheet of the size you want, then turning it over and repeating on the other side, so that all sticky areas are covered. Adding more layers will increase strength and durability.
- Make your duct tape sheets larger than the finished sized called for; that lets you trim away any uneven edges.
- For a smooth edge, fold the last strip added, or the ends of the strips, to the back side, completely covering raw edges.
- Be careful with long duct tape strips! Once the sticky sides are put together, it’s almost impossible to separate them. Leave a tail of tape and overlap the ends when making really long items, like purse straps.
- While extra layers add strength, too many layers can be difficult to fold (and might not hold a crease). To make a crease while keeping durability, place two sheets side by side with a small space between them; tape them together on both sides.
- Duct tape doesn’t curve well. Make curved pieces larger than needed.
BODY OF DUCT TAPE PURSE:
- Cut fourteen 14-in. lengths of gray duct tape and place two together, edges matching and sticky sides facing.
- Add a third and fourth strip, overlapping the first strips slightly (1/8 in. to 1/4 in.).
- Add the remaining 14-in. strips as in Step 2 to make a piece that measures 14-in. x about 24 in.
- Cut 14 more 14-in. lengths of gray tape. One one side, add a third layer of tape, offsetting the strips by about 1/2-in. so the tape does not overlap in the same areas.
- Cut 14 more 14-in. lengths of gray tape. On the other side, add a fourth layer, off-setting the tape by about two-thirds.
- Trim the duct tape rectangle 12 in. wide x 24 in. long.
SIDES OF DUCT TAPE PURSE:
- Cut twelve 8-in lengths of gray tape. Place two pieces together, edges matching and sticky sides facing.
- Add a third and fourth strip, overlapping the first strips slightly as you did with the body of the purse. Add two strips to one side with the overlaps in the same place.
- Turn the piece over; add two strips with the overlap in the same place.
- Cover one side of this piece with overlapped strips of blue tape.
- Fold the piece in half lengthwise and trim piece so the fold is in the middle, with the width matching the width of the bottom of your purse.
- Trim each side to a 3-in.-wide piece with the bottom edge cut straight across.
DUCT TAPE PURSE STRAP:
- Cut a 62-in.-long piece of blue tape; fold in half lengthwise with sticky side in the middle and long edges matching.
- Cut a second 62-in.-long piece of blue tape; fold over the first strip so that both folds are along the long outside edges.
DUCT TAPE PURSE INSIDE POCKET:
- Cut twelve 9-in. lengths of gray tape; place two pieces together with edges matching and sticky sides together.
- Add a third and fourth strip, sticky sides facing and overlapping the first strips as with the body of the purse. Add two strips to one side with the overlaps in the same place.
- Turn the piece over and add two strips with the overlaps in the same place.
- Trim to make an 8-in. square piece.
OUTSIDE OF DUCT TAPE PURSE:
- Attach the magnetic closure to the inside center of the flap, about an inch from the edge.
- Attach the strap across the outside bottom by meeting the ends in the center and taping with a 9-1/2-in. length of gray tape, centered along the bottom. This will leave about 3/4-in. untaped to allow for a trim strap of blue around the edge of the purse.
- Tape over the outside of the body of the purse with lengths of blue, green, gray, turquoise, white and yellow tape, overlapping strips to create lengthwise straps as shown. Do not tape the strap down to the edge of the purse.
DUCT TAPE PURSE INSIDE POCKET:
- Cut an 8-inch length of gray tape and tape the inside bottom of the pocket close to the bottom of the inside back of the purse body.
- Use another 8-in. length to cover the outside of the bottom pocket.
- Make the sides by taping the side and outside of the side edges—but attach these strips straight and down, leaving a bit of space so the pocket isn’t flat against the inside of the purse.
DUCT TAPE PURSE ASSEMBLY:
- Referring to the downloadable Duct Tape Purse Folds Diagram and with colored tape on the outside, fold the body of the purse to form the front, bottom, back and flap of purse.
- Trim the blue side pieces to the same length as the front of the purse.
- Attach the bottom of the side to the inside bottom of the body with a piece of gray duct tape.
- Cut a 10-in. length of blue tape. Starting at the center of the bottom, center the strip along one side of the purse and wrap the tape over to encase the front edge of the purse.
- Repeat steps 3-4 on the other side of the purse.
- Attach the inside back of the purse body to the inside back of the sides with gray duct tape.
- Cut an 8-in. length of blue tape and center lengthwise along the center of one side of the purse. Wrap the excess tape over to the back, encasing the back edge of the purse and leaving a band of blue showing along the outside back edge. Cut another 8-in. length of blue and center lengthwise on the same side, with the long edge meeting the long edge of the previous strip. Wrap the excess over to the front, encasing the front edge of the purse and leaving a band of blue showing along the outside front edge.
- Repeat steps 6-7 on the other side of the purse. In the same way, add tape to the inside front edge and flap edge, encasing the raw edges.
- Fold one side piece in to the center of the purse along the fold line.
- Attach a grommet to the upper corner of the front and back of the purse and to the corners of the folded side section as shown in the photo in slide show.
- Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the purse.
- Open a D-ring by prying in opposite directions with two screwdrivers, using a cloth to protect the D-ring from scratches.
- Fit the strap through the D-ring, insert the ends through the grommets and close the D-ring.
- Repeat steps 4-5 on the other side of the purse.
- Fold the flap of the purse over to the front; attach the remaining half of the magnetic closure to the purse front. Place a piece of gray tape on the inside to cover the magnetic closure.
FINISHED SIZE: Duct Tape Purse measures about 12 in. across X 7 in. high (without strap).
Duct Tape Purse Craft originally sent in by Julia Scholl of Colfax, Illinois