So what do you do on a long weekend?  If you’re anything like me, you find a new and fun project to dedicate part of your time to while your family is home spending a little extra quality time together.  For me, this Fourth of July break, it was working with duck tape.  I was inspired by a fellow crafter on YouTube who made some really beautiful creations using mostly only duck tape.  It made me want to take a jab at the concept too.  Before making this clutch with duck tape, fabric and staples, I made a messenger bag for Edgar, smaller makeup bags for myself, and a couple of larger totes as gifts for family.  Those were all prototypes.  They helped me pick up a few techniques and get more comfortable with crafting something a little more specific.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsAs soon as I saw this fabric I knew I had to make something fun and functional with it.  A clutch is perfect for many occasions and it is also a great conversation starter.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsThese are the supplies you will need.  Duck tape comes in so many colors and designs you can be as creative as you want to with this project.  Remember the duck tape you select will end up being the inner lining of your clutch.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsLook at the detail of my fabric.  I’m a huge cat lover!  Always have been since I was a little girl.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsAs you can see, the concept is pretty simple, you will use your duck tape to cover the two pieces of fabric, that will be the two sides of your clutch, on one side.  Depending on the size of your clutch you will cut two pieces of fabric of equal size.  Mine are 18″x20″.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNow you will take a zipper and attach it to both sides of your duck-taped fabric using a stapler.  You’ll need plenty of staples so it’s a good idea to stock up on them before you get started.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsOnce you’ve stapled your zipper on both sides.  Add some more duck tape along the hardware of your zipper and above the staples.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNext you will staple all three remaining sides of your clutch together, leaving only the end with the zipper on it open.  Use duck tape to cover the staples on each side.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNow take the two ends opposite your zipper at the bottom of your clutch and pinch them together, then staple them.  You will then fold the triangular pinched area that you just stapled on either side inward and secure it with duck tape.  These will be the bottom corners of your inner lining.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsTurn your clutch inside out and viola!  The beautiful fabric of your choice is now a gorgeous and very stylish clutch!

If you have any questions while attempting to make this project on your own, please feel free to let me know.  I would be happy to walk you through any kinks.  Oh, and by the way, these fun duck tape projects can be pretty addicting.

Next on my list are backpacks!