Friday, June 24, 2011

I Just Made Duct Tape Into a Purse... Everybody Sing!

You know, maybe the weather is off.  You know?  The atmospheric pressure is getting to me or something.  Maybe it's the new glasses... but I gotta tell you-  tonight I was feeling creative.  Also, I've been reading intructables.com for maybe too long today.  The point here, Readers is that what I learned is that you can make anything out of anything.  An imitation coach purse out of duct tape for example.

Coach bags are expensive.  Sure, I jones for them.  I'm not sure why I feel like I should have a $500 purse in which to store my ipod, lady supplies and loose cheerios, but I do.   There is, however, enough rebel in me to reject excessive spending like that and be more practical.  Creative.  People have been making their own purses for centuries and there is no reason why I couldn't also figure it out.

The only problem tonight, you guys, is that i didn't have the stuff to make a real coach bag.  All i had was a coloring sheet that my kid left out, featuring an antelope, some twine, a zip tie and some duct tape.  Luckily I went on that button making binge for a while there too, because I had, available to me:  one super sculpey button.  It totally looks like bone.

So of course I made a purse and some instructions so that you can make one too at home.... I also wrote a song about it and have added that to the end of this post.  Those are some of the things I did with my time today.  *sobs*

Ok.  Here it is:

Supplies I had on hand. 

First I had some beer.


Folded the paper into a "purse shape" and taped the back.

Made creases in the new duct tape fabric.

Cut little tabs in sides of the "bottom"... not sure why, it seemed like a great idea. 

I found my science fiction novel the perfect size to mold the inside of the purse.  Just the right thickness.

I wrapped the "purse" around the book.  Before I taped it together though, I covered the other side of the paper with tape. We want our duct tape purses to be fully covered inside and out.  No coloring pages sticking through.  That would be humiliating.

Secured the edges with tape, inside and out and folded the sides in like a little duct tape accordion. 

Folded the flap over the top...

Made a nice duct tape strap by folding a long piece of tape over itself in 3.

Strap's almost on...

secured the strap.

made a button hole and and attached the zip tie.


Attached the awesome button I was telling you about..

TADA.  Just needs some decorative touches with a sharpie..

The back...

The front.


It's basically exactly like a real coach purse as you can tell from this grainy photo. AH.MAZING, amiright, Ladies?  

But enough of that, here is the song.  PS, Neil helped me with the artistic direction:


We belong together. 

32 comments:

ShanimalsCrackers.blogspot.com said...

You could make big bucks if you mass produced these replicas!

Mel said...

I just fell in love with you.

dbs said...

My son made me a duct-tape wallet. It's one of my absolute favourite things. Your video is one of my favourite things now too.

Jerrod said...

please let me hang out with you and neil. pleeeeese....

Chelle said...

Shan- At a mere $80 a piece. I think these babies will go fast.

Mel- It was unavoidable, I'm sure.

dbs- Duct tape wallet was part of my inspo.

Jerrod- K. We ARE pretty awesome, after all.

Amelia said...

Awesome. All of it.

Sophie said...

If this isn't the most amazing example of absolute time wasting then I don't know what is.

Meg L. said...

I don't know you.. but I'm pretty sure I like you. :D

Elly Lou said...

Will u make me a duct tape ukulele?

ajm said...

Next up . . . duct tape prom dresses. Google it.

Best song ever. :)

Josée said...

I once saw a purse made entirely out of the pull tabs from aluminum cans. It was awesome. Not as awesome as your duct tape purse, but a close second.

Shelley Malone said...

I think you're a goddamn genius.

Your Truth Booth said...

"It's got a logo and most of it's C's" has got to be the best slogan EVER!

Caleb said...

Awesome, chica! And great use of the book Xenocide- way better than "reading."

Also, what kind of beer are we looking at here? Is that... Golden lite?

laughingmom said...

The video made my day! How about a cigar box ukulele?

Trucking Tumbleweed said...

Pretty awesome and I don't even OWN a purse.

Chelle said...

Amelia- Yeah, this IS an awesome way to spend an evening.

Sophie- Is it wasted? I have a pretty sweet new purse now.

Meh L- :P

Elly- If I figure that out? The world will know about it.

ajm- I have. Amazang.

Josee- THAT is what i should have made the fastener out of. Dang!

Shelley- I should maybe get tested. I hope theres no math.

Truth- I could NOT get to the next part which involved tampons and keys.

Caleb- Miller Chill.

laughing- Are you offering? Cause yes please.

Tumble- Well now you can totally own one! Easy to make.

Mandy_Fish said...

Would you be mad if I put duct tape over my Coach purse and made it into a Prada purse?

*Grass is always greener effect*

Cake Betch said...

So how long did this duct tape endeavor actually take? And you know, seriously, you could PROBABLY sell those. Obviously not for $80, but like $5. Or a little more than whatever the materials cost.
I want you to make me a sock monkey!

Keet said...

LOVE

Chelle said...

Mandy- That is an awesome idea. Make you could make like a Prada inspired throwcover.

Cake- Seriously- 15 minutes. The song took longer.

Keet- I love you back.

Ed said...

Red Green would be soooo proud.

Nicole said...

Go on tour! I adore you, and I'll give you $1000 (Monopoly) dollars for the bag.

M. Hicks said...

You blew my mind when you posted the real coach bag. Totally could not tell the difference.

My only concern is that it exactly the size of one decent sci fi paperback. What will you do if you want to read and have tampons at the same time?

Phil said...

So which did you use more of, the duct tape or the beer? I think there might be a relationship between that ratio.

Logical Libby said...

I would have just duct taped the beer to my hand. And not on purpose.

dufmanno said...

There's a sweat factory full of angry workers watching this video right now throwing down their handbeaten leather and sewing machines. I suspect the next Coach purse I buy from the store will consist only of duct tape and the wits of it's creator.

Angie said...

Laughed my ass off! Well, not really. I did laugh loud enough to get glared at by my boss though. My ass is still on. Put down the phone. No 911.

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

The resemblance is striking. I could give that to my girlfriend and she wouldn't have a clue.

Alycia (thecuriouspug.com) said...

omg i love that video! so funny & cute :)

mark fellows said...

Finally, I see a post from you on self reliance! You have now proven yourself capable of surviving the next zombie apocalypse. Who says fashion has to go to hell, in the Mad Max days following a catastrophe? Not you!

Dr. Cynicism said...

Slapping "Coach" all over it the icing on the cake. You are going to be rich!

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