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Making a doll bag and wallet from tape

Duck tape doll bag and wallet

Duck tape doll bag and wallet

I’m all for a craft idea that is quick and easy to do, even more so one that doesn’t involve sewing and can actually be used afterwards. My eldest, Sam, is a born crafter. He loves making things and quite often gets an idea in his head and works on it until it’s finished. Or very nearly finished, depending on how long his attention span is that day! He really does have that the creative gene though and is never happier than when he’s surrounded by paper, scissors, a stapler, pens, and now… tape!

We spent a few hours at the weekend working out what we could make with these three rolls of coloured duck tape, and this is what we came up with. A Star Wars wallet and a necklace dolly purse, which can also double up as a sunglasses case, Mini Milk holder or handbag, depending on Flo’s mood.

Duck tape doll bag with ribbon http://rainbeaubelle.com

We were sent these rolls of Duck tape a few weeks ago to see what we could make with them, and they’ve been languishing in the corner of the kitchen until we came up with the perfect plan.

A bit of browsing on Pinterest showed there are actually loads of things you can make with this kind of tape – aside from the use my friend suggested, which involved serious crime, and an idea thrown into the ring by Pinterest, which let’s just say combined Kim Kardashian and a very low-cut dress.

Pinterest is a place which seems to have captured Sam’s imagination more than mine; he loves having a browse and pinning images and craft ideas onto various boards. We decided to try these two out as a starter, so here’s how if you fancy having a go yourself.

The necklace purse

Making a doll bag

For this you will need a piece of fabric and a ribbon. You start by cutting the fabric to the size of the purse you want. We did this by measuring it around the doll we wanted to live in it.

Next, cover the middle with two strips of tape, before trimming it off at the ends.

Duck tape covered felt

Then fold it over so the tape is on the outside and close up the sides by folding another piece of tape around each edge, so it makes a bag.

You can use the same colour of a contrasting tape if you like, and you’ll need to carefully trim it at the top and bottom afterwards.

To finish it off, just fix a piece of ribbon to the inside edge. We tried to glue it but it wasn’t strong enough, so ended up using a stapler.

Covering up duck tape bag

Tape purse pink

That’s it! One dolly bag, ready for use!

The Star Wars wallet

We used the Star Wars duck tape for this but you could use any design or colour, depending on what you have.

You start by making a sheet of tape. To do this, cut a piece of tape about 30cm long and lay it on a table sticky-side up. Then put another piece next to it, again sticky-side up and slightly overlapping. Do this again until you have a row of three tapes.

Next cover up the sticky side with three more lengths of tape, so you have a sheet with the shiny tape on the outside. You might need to straighten up each side by trimming it neatly.

Star Wars duck tape strips

A sheet from Star Wars duck tape

Now you’ll need to cut a curved edge onto one side. I used a small bowl to measure a semi-cirle on one end and cut it out.

Now fold the sheet over so you have a wallet shape with a curved flap. Just close up each side with a piece of tape, and you have your wallet.

Curved edge on duck tape wallet

Wallet from Star Wars duck tape

We used a small piece of folded-up tape to stick the flap down, but a better solution would be to buy some small self-adhesive velcro dots to make your wallet easy to open and close.

Et voila! A neat little wallet or purse for all your child’s (or your) bits and bobs.

Let me know if you give it a go.

x Julia

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    Anne
    May 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

    oh what great ideas! I’ve seen some lovely tapes in Hobby Craft in all sorts of designs and I’ve often wondered what I would do with them if I bought them. I guess you have to think out of the box because I’ve always used tape for sticking things together and never even thought of other things. I’ll be off to Pinterest now, I’ve not checked in for a while and I usually only look for cakes!
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    mamasvib
    May 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    What brilliant and quick little crafts! I do love a roll of special tape….maybe I need to get some so Miss M can make a little bag for my old Pippa doll! #HomeEtc.
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    Rebecca Beesley
    May 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    What a great tutorial and fab idea to make these. x
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    Keira @ Dekko Bird
    May 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    What a novel way to use duct tape! I never knew it came in so many colours and designs! I have always used washi tape for crafts but I’ll be experimenting with this, now, too! K x

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    Caroline
    May 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Such a fab idea, I never would have thought of using tape for this type of thing. #HomeEtc x

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    Fionnuala Three Sons Later
    May 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Ah, very clever. I like it. My husband made scabbards out of silver duct tape to house the wooden swords he built for the boys. They must be about three years old now and they are still going stong.
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    mummyofboygirltwins
    May 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Really clever and keeps them amused for ages!! Great job and thanks for sharing 🙂 Jess xx

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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    May 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Who would have thought that duct-tape came in so many colours and designs?! Star-Wars — that’s amazing?! Love this pet — so creative! Thanks for sharing on #HomeEtc , Caro xx
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