Hi all! So today, I was in a crafty mood today and made a duct tape "clutch" and it was so easy and I was so successful that i thought I'd post it here so that others can share my success
. This will also be my 1st tutorial, so let me know if it's unclear or if you want me to re-explain things. Any critiques are appreciated as well!
"Fun Foam" -> you know, those foamish sheets that come in all those cool colors and patterns
A bunch of duct tape
SOme other colored duct tape or electrical tape (optional)
I first cut out my purse shape out of cardboard and made a double for the other side
Then, I began to cover the cardboard with duct tape.
When I came to a curve in the cardboard (If you're making a boxy shape purse, you won't have to worry about this part) I cut the excess tape into strips like so
Then I folded them over onto the cardboard so that it wouldn't get all rumply and ickie (see below
I then finished covering both of the cardboard pieces I had as my "base" (duh
Then to move onto the bottom part of the purse- this was the part I thought was going to be the most tricky, but it was actually quite easy. Okay, but it might take some cautious explaining! I took the two pieces of cardboard that I have covered, and put them together as if they were already connected. I then curved the foam around them to make a <O> ish shape. I then traced the foam so that I could cut it out easily. (Sorry I botched that desciprtion. But the pic should explain it!)
So this is what it should look like!
Then I made the flap that will fold over the purse. I roughly traced it out on more foamy sheets, and then I cut it out and covered it with duct tape in the same fashion I did with the original cardboard pieces.
Next, I put that aside and connected the bottom piece to the cardboard bases. I used the same snippy techinique to round off the edges as I did for the bases.
Now for attaching the flap. I just taped it the the back base piece.
After that, I attached velcro to the flap and the front base piece so that it closes and stays closed. (I didn't take a pic for that)
Oh, and to make it open better, I cut a slit down either one of the sides so that it now looks like this (V) when it opens on either side. Otherwise I had a cool purse with no way to get inside of it. And having the foam bottom make it easier to bend open.
To make it pretty, I used black electrical tape to uh.. embellish.
TA DAA!! Now I can go out on the town and have the coolest purse ever! (Plus, it matched my Prom dress!!!)