You Will Need ...
  1. Rectangle of duct tape fabric 12" x 18"

  2. Duct tape

  3. Scissors

  4. 2 "backpack" clips (or other clips or rings, like keyrings)

  5. Holepunch

  6. 2 small magnets OR Sticky Backed Velcro strips

  7. Ribbon or lace for the handle (optional)

  8. Other decor items: stickers, flowers, beads, etc. (optional)

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Step 1: 

If you are not already familiar with our Basic Duct Tape Pouch, please take a moment to review it. Take your rectangle of duct tape fabric and fold it from the bottom up to about 1/3 of the way up. This creates the pouch of the purse, as well as the flap. Use strips of duct tape to close the sides.

Step 2: 

If you wish, you can create a rounded flap closure. The easiest way is to fold the purse in half, and then cut a quarter-circle into the flap. When you unfold the purse, you'll have a perfectly symmetrical half-circle flap!

Step 3: 

In order to make sure the flap stays shut, we like using magnets or sticky-backed Velcro. If you're using magnets, it's important to get the polarity and placement of them correct! Place a magnet on the inside of your flap and tape it down. Then place another piece of tape, sticky-side-up on top of the magnet. Take your second magnet and drop it down; it should flip itself mid-air to the correct polarity! Close the flap and press down to stick the second magnet to its proper spot.

Step 4: 

Open your purse and put one hand inside. Press down on the bottom of the side seam to flatten it. You should be left with a flat bottom, and a triangle "foot" sticking out from the bottom of the outside of your purse.

Step 5: 

Fold your triangle "foot" up against the side of your purse and tape it into place.

Step 6: 

Going back to the inside of your purse, you may notice that the inside of the side seams have a little exposed sticky tape.

Step 7: 

Take another piece of duct tape and stick it over the seam (sticky-side to sticky-side). This covers the seam and reinforces the side. Trim any excess tape that sticks up from the top. (Here, we used a strip about 6" long, because that's how deep our purse is.)

Step 8: 

Now to create a place for our clasps to attach the handle! At the top of the side seam (near the flap), pinch the duct tape fabric together, with the fold on the inside of the purse.

Step 9: 

Using your hole punch, punch a hole through both layers of the duct tape fabric, about 1/2" down from the top edge.

Step 10: 

This results in two holes that look like this when the bag is unfolded.

Step 11: 

Take your backpack clip (aka "dog clip") (or key ring) and clip it through both holes. This holds the sides together in a nice "pouch" and gives you a place to hook your handle or strap! It's also a lot stronger than if you were to use only one hole.

Step 12: 

As you may have noticed, the flap is now a bit wider than the purse!

Step 13: 

To ensure that the flap closes properly (and looks good, too!), trim the sides of the flap so that they are even with the sides of the purse.

Step 14: 

Now for the handle! If you wish, you can simply tie ribbon or lace to the clasps. If you want to make a strap out of duct tape, simply cut a piece of tape slightly longer than the length you want for your strap (our strap here is about 14"), and fold it over. (If there are any sticky bits, you can always trim them off!) Punch a hole on each end of the strap, and clip it into the clips on the sides of the purse. (You can also reinforce this hole by taping more strips of tape to the end before hole-punching.)

Step 15: 

And there you have it! You can now wear your new accessory out on the town -- and let everyone know you made it yourself!

Craft Length: 
30 - 60 minutes
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Duct Tape: 
Purses and Bags
Prep Time: 
10 - 20 minutes
1 adult per 5 children

1. Get creative with your hole punch! As you can see in the purses below, I punched holes into the flaps of my purses and used the holes to string beads or to weave ribbon through.
2. In addition to a duct tape strap, or a ribbon or lace strap, you can also create a long string of beads, and clip the ends onto your clips. Just be sure to use strong string!
3. You can also embellish your purses with flowers, stickers, or other creations made out of duct tape.

Variation Photos: