Duct Tape Purse Instructions


Below are the duct tape purse instructions. Use it as a clutch, add a handle or a long over the shoulder strap. This project is great fun for all ages. Allow yourself three hours to complete the purse and a flower.

Duct tape comes in a variety of beautiful colors and designs. Choose 3 or four colored tapes for this project. Just follow the purse instructions below to have a one-of-a-kind handbag. It's easier than you think!


Supplies Needed:

Scissors or a rotary blade

3 or four colors of duct tape

A cutting mat

A ruler or measuring tape

A magnetic snap

Rotary Blade

Duct Tape Purse Instructions:

Stretch out your duct tape on your cutting mat. Cut 11 strips of tape that are each 20 inches long. Use whatever colors of duct tape that you want for your purse. (We used 7 strips of black, 2 strips of blue and 2 strips of white duct tape.)

Take each of your long strips of tape and fold them in half (sticky sides together). Make the fold from width to width. This will give you long strips of duct tape that are about 1 inch wide and 20 inches long. When folding the tape together, do your best to make the ends meet so that the sticky side of the tape is not showing. Do your best not to have wrinkles in your tape.

Next in the duct tape purse instructions, cut 16 strips of tape that are each 11 inches long. Fold each of these strips in half by bringing the sticky side of the tape together. (In our purse we used 12 strips of blue, 2 strips of black and 2 strips of white duct tape.) Again, when folding the tape in half, do your best to line the edges up so that no sticky side of the duct tape is showing.



Now lay your long 20 inch strips of tape side by side. Tape the colors down in the color pattern of your choice. Make sure that there is no space between the strips of tape. Butt the strips of tape together and secure them (at the top) to your work surface. Place the tape so that half of the tape is on your long strips and the other half is on your work surface. (We used our zebra pattern tape)



Continue on with the duct tape purse instructions by weaving the shorter 11 inch strips of tape through the longer 20 inch strips of tape. Do this by folding back every other long strip of duct tape. Lay your shorter tape down on the long strips. Push the shorter strips up tight to the top.

Bring back down the strips that were folded up. Now fold up the first set of strips that you had down. Lay a shorter strip of duct tape down on the long strips. Push the shorter strip up tight so that there are no spaces. Bring the folded strips back down. Repeat this process until all of the shorter 16 strips of duct tape are in place. Lay them in whatever pattern you desire.



Continue on with the duct tape purse instructions by taking your scissors or rotary blade and trim the excess of the long 20 inch strips. You want the bottom of your weaved duct tape to be straight and even with your last row of shorter 11 inch strip.

Trim both edges of your weaved duct tape so that both sides are even. You will end up with a nice woven rectangle.



Then take a piece of tape and cut it 12 inches long. This piece should match the piece that you used to secure the top of your taped project. (We again used the zebra duct tape). Secure the bottom of your strips to your work surface.



Gently pull the top tape off of your work surface. Fold the tape over so that you have a nice edge. Pull the bottom tape off of your work surface. Fold it over so that you have a nice taped edge running along the bottom. Don't tape the sides off yet.

Next you are going to line the inside of your purse. Look at both sides of your woven rectangle. Decide which side will be the inside of your purse and which side will be the outside of your purse. Lay your rectangle down with the inside of the purse facing up.

Decide what color of tape you want to use for the inside of your purse. (We chose black) Cut strips of tape that are 12 inches long. Do not cover the top four rows inside of your purse. On the 5th row, lay your tape down. On each row thereafter, slightly overlap the tape. Continue down to the bottom.




Trim the excess tape off of the sides of your rectangle so that your sides are even. Finish off the edges with the same color tape that you used to finish off the top and bottom of the rectangle. Trim off any tape hanging over the edges. You will now have a nice woven rectangle of duct tape that is lined on one side.



Duct Tape Purse Instructions For The Side Panels:

Use whatever color you want for the side panels of your purse. (We used blue) Cut two pieces of duct tape that are each 11 inches long. Fold each of the pieces in half by placing the sticky sides together. You will now have two pieces that are 5 1/2 inches long. Trim each piece so that it is 5 inches long and round two of the corners on each piece of tape. Round the corners on the edge that was folded. The rounded edge will be the bottom of the side panel.

Next cut one strip of duct tape that is 12 inches long. This piece will be used to secure the side panel to the rectangle. (We used black) Take the 12 inch strip of tape and cut it in half long-ways. Cut each of these in half again. You will end up with 4 strips that are each 12 inches long.

Lay your woven rectangle flat on your work surface. Inside of the purse will be facing up. Attach the side panel piece to the body of the purse by using one of your skinny pieces of tape. Do this by putting half of the tape on the body of the purse and half on the side panel. Tape the side panel on the inside and the outside. Do this for both sides of the purse.



Duct Tape Purse Instructions For The Magnetic Snap:

The last part of the duct tape purse instructions is to add the snap to keep your handbag closed. Push the magnetic snap gently into the tape on the inside flap of the top of your purse. This will make an indentation. Use your scissors to gently make a slit in the first fold of your tape. Don't slit the tape all the way through to the front. Insert the prong of your magnetic strip into your slit. Bend the prongs outwards to make it stay.

Line up where the connecting magnetic snap will go on the outside of the opposite edge. Use your scissors to cut a slit to put the prong through. This bottom part of the snap can go all the way through to the inside of your purse. Bend the prongs outwards to make it stay.



More Pictures Of Us Making Our Purse:



Duct Tape Purse Instructions For A Handle (Optional):

For a wrist handle, cut a strip of duct tape 16 inches long. For a over the shoulder strap (what we did), cut a strip of duct tape 48 inches long. Fold the tape in half, sticky sides together. Secure each end of the strap to the insides of the purse with another piece of duct tape and a small safety pin.



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