These are so fun and easy to make! They are great for pretty much anything!
School, groceries, day trips, beach days, diaper bag, etc.
I love to make them as gifts also.
Here is what you need:
*2- 18x21 inch pieces of the fabric.
OR one 21x36. Sometimes you can find squares of 18x21 inch
fabric bundles at places like JoAnn Fabric. Cotton like material
works with the duct tape so no silky, lacy, bulky, or felt like material.
*2- 24 inch pieces of belting rope
*duct tape in coordinating colors
Start by ironing both pieces of fabric to get any kinks out. Iron both sides.
Next, lay tape across one of the 21" sides of fabric.
Over lap each piece a little bit and continue down the fabric until you reach the end. Do this to both pieces. (Or the entire piece if you are working with a 36" piece of fabric like me)
Once both pieces are finished, take the 21" side and fold it down about 2". Measure 7" in from the side and staple down one side of the belt. Don't go all the way to the top of the fold, only staple about half way up.
Lay a piece of duct tape across both pieces of belt to cover up the staples.
Use two pieces of tape for an extra hold especially
if you plan to carry a lot in your bag.
Put both pieces on top of each other, having the front sides face each other, and staple the pieces together all around the edges. In my case, I just stapled two sides since the bottom is one piece. Try keeping your staples in a fairly straight line so your seams will be nice and even. Also, if you feel the need to trim up the sides or any part of the bag before stapling, now is the time.
This is a great way to ensure that everything lines up.
Once you have stapled up the sides, seal them with duct tape.
I uses two layers for mine.
To make the bottom of your bag square, put your hand in the bag and poke out one corner so the triangle is nice and flat on the table. Use your measuring tape to act like the bottom of the triangle and measure across 7". Staple across the bag and seal the staples with duct tape on both sides. Do this to both sides of the bag.
Turn your bag inside out and use your hands and fingers to press open
the bag to its potential. Use the duct tape and secure the
triangle flaps to the bottom of your bag.
(I wanted the bottom of my bag to be extra sturdy, so I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom and covered it with tape. You can also tape the cardboard to the bag or leave it free. This way, you can take it out for days that you want your bag to be more floppy.)