8.13.2013

How to Make a Duck Tape Pencil Case

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It's here! First day of school. Kaley, my oldest, is heading to kindergarten in the coming days. She's so excited she's asked to wear her backpack of school supplies around the house almost every day this week. I've resorted to hiding them for fear there will be no glue sticks left. We bought the supplies a few weeks ago on a special "big girl" trip to Walmart. She was so happy to fight her way through the frenzie of kids swarming the #2 pencils... validation that she's finally one of the big kids. To send her off in style, we came up with a quick craft. After all, she'd need someplace to keep all those pencils. So,this is how to make Duck Tape® pencil case.

Since we were already at Walmart, we picked up all of our Duck Tape® there. It's cheap and they have 5 million options. Seriously, had no idea how far they had evolved from the grey stuff my dad had in the garage when I was a kid.




Supplies:
  • Duck Tape® - As many rolls and colors as you'd like (you'll need at least one roll of the small size for the edges) 
  • Fabric scrap - About 10" x 10" 
  • Velcro dots - or anything you'd like to use to close your case 
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler 


Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric 10" x about 10". I just measured the 10" one direction, then made sure it was wide enough to fit a pencil the other direction.


Step 2: Stick your Duck Tape® to the wrong side of the fabric. Go crazy with the pattern. It's up to you.


Keep sticking until the fabric is covered and smooth out the bubbles.




Step 3: Flip over your fabric and trim the tape.




This is what you should have now.


Step 4: Fold your fabric up about 4" so the Duck Tape® faces out. This will give you a 4" pencil case with a 2" flap to close it.


Step 5: Tape the sides using Ducklings (yes, that's what they are called... how cute is that?!) or smaller size roll of tape.




When you get to the flap, just cut a tiny slit to make it fold over neatly.


Step 6: Box your corners. To make the case look a little more like a case, and less like an envelope, I smooshed my bottom corners in with my scissors like this.


Then I pulled from the inside and flatted from the outside, until they looked neat and even.




Step 7: Finish taping the rest of the raw edges and the two side seams on the inside.




Step 8: Add a closure and you're done. I didn't trust that the velcro would stay stuck so I put a few stiches in. I also glued a button to the front for decoration.




It turned out so cute and was so easy... it kind of looks like a little clutch purse. Oh, la la. Won't she be fancy in kindergarten? Love that I can just cut the Duck Tape® and not have to worry about anything fraying like with sewing. Makes it really simple. Duck Tape® projects are really good for kids too... almost no mess. We also jazzed up some of her notebooks in about 3 seconds with the leftover tape. Extremely simple and now she'll be able to tell her notebooks apart from the rest of the class. Love that.






So there's still time! Go buy Duck Tape at Walmart and whip something up. If you want more ideas, follow @theduckbrand on Twitter or /ducktape on facebook. Happy first day of school!

17 comments :

  1. This is really cool!! I love how it turned out!

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  2. LOVE how this turned out and I love that you sewed the ends to finish it off!!!

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  3. This is cute! Im gonna try it...

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  4. thats how you make one a kept asking one of my friends

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  5. i thinck its awsome since my kids love duck tape and love when i make them supplys out of it

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  6. Amazing idea!!! I can't believe how cute it turned out.

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  7. My children and I made these last week and they had so much fun with it. Great idea. I especially like the fabric lining.

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    1. Thanks! My kids played with the leftover Duck tape for days. I think I have 20 pieces of Duck tape / paper art they added to our kid art collection. haha Glad you guys had a great time! :)

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  8. This is a nice thing for school thanks for the steps I'll make one

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  9. I made this and it's awesome! Thanks!

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    1. You are welcome! My daughter still has this one (we made it last year). I think it's time for a new one this year :)

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  10. This is great! I've made duct tape clutches, but duct tape sheets or strips of duct tape on felt. I also made a fabric duct tape clutch and covered the entire duct tape fabric sheet with clear package tape so to be waterproof. Fabric Duct tape is new and I found the sheets and rolls (in 2 sizes) at my local JoAnn's store. I did make lining for it using a piece of fabric, the size of the duct tape sheet. I made that clutch in Oct. 2013 and sent it to my sister-n-law in time for her birthday on Nov. 1st. She loved it and said she will use it to carry her coupons in. I used the brown with colorful butterflies duct tape fabric sheet. I used the narrow yellow fabric duct tape to accent the outside edges. I like how you did the bottom of the clutch so that it isn't like an envelope. I didn't do that with the clutches I've made. Last time I was JoAnn's, I checked the fabric duct tape and they are gradually coming out with more sheets and more rolls in the 2 sizes. Very nice. For the clutch I made my sister-in-law, I used a piece of Christmas fabric that had dogs on it.

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    1. Ohhh, fabric Duck Tape? Is it Duck brand? Or another duct tape? I don't mind either way... just wondering what I should be looking for at the store. Sounds cool!

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  11. Yes, Duck Tape Brand. Also have bought a few Duct Tape Books but you might be able to borrow Duct Tape Books from the library. I have and find it great way to save on buying books.

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    1. I'm at the library at least a couple times a month with my kids... never thought of looking for crafty type stuff for myself. I'll do that next time. Thanks!

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