What’s In Your Bag? Make a Duct Tape Bag

by Pam on April 29, 2014

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Our motto is always be prepared.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV.

Do you have a most embarrassing moment from high school? I have two that stand out in my mind. One was when I accidentally went into the boy’s bathroom in the new wing of the school.  Thankfully, it was after class had started so the only person in there was washing his hands, but the way he shrieked and ran down the hall, I must have scared him.  The other time was when I had prepared for “the time of the month” and the pad became dislodged in my purse. I opened my purse to get a pencil and boom! a pad went flying out instead. Naturally,  this did not go unnoticed by all the people (mostly guys) who were sitting in my area.  I am still not sure why the teacher insisted on sitting in alphabetical order instead of letting us sit near our friends. Embarrassing!

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Since these are necessary items we have to keep with us, even when we are on the go, I determined this would not happen to my daughter when she entered high school.  While shopping at Walmart, I came across my daughter’s favorite brand of tampons, U by Kotex, along with their line of pads, Kotex Cleanwear pads. My, how times have changed! These pads and tampons are made to be sleek and discreet so people will not realize it’s time for a visit from Aunt Flo.  They have a special promo going now, allowing us to receive three Goodys hair elastics, which are attached to the box. This offer is only good while supplies last. Since my daughter had been bugging me to get her new hair bands, I was able to fulfill two wishes at once, making me the efficient supermom!
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Not content to allow her to go out with one tucked into her bag, I made a cute duct tape bag to hold her pads or tampons. These are easy enough for beginners to make and are multipurpose.  Since they are low cost,  she can have one to match different outfits or match her mood.   Here’s how to make them:
duct tape bag

You’ll need the following supplies:
One roll of duct tape in the color of your choice
One piece of felt, 12″ length and 3 ” width
scissors or craft knife
1 elastic hair band

Starting at the edge of the felt, place a strip of duct tape across the entire length. Continue to do this, overlapping the duct tape by 1/2 inch, until one side of the piece of felt is covered.

Fold the felt in half. On the left side, place a piece of duct tape along  the length of the fabric, making sure to leave half overlapping the edge.  Fold the overlapping tape onto the other side. Repeat this step with tape on the right side.  I did the same along the top of the pouch.

Make a small x with a craft knife 1 inch from the top of the pouch on one side.  Be sure to cut through both the duct tape and the fabric.  Thread the elastic hair band through the x, making sure the knotted end stays on the inside.  Fold the top of the pouch down one inch. Make a small x in both the folded layers. Pull the hair band through the x.  Voila! A simple, stylish bag that stays closed, preventing any mishaps.

What's in bag

My bag is packed and ready to go.

She’s prepared for any emergencies and can always have a U by Kotex handy.  What’s in your bag?


{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

That is such a cute idea! With all the cute Duct Tape patterns out these days, you can really do so much! Love it.


Tammi @ My Organized Chaos April 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

I have way too much in my bag, I’m always spilling things all over the place!! Eeek, I know you you felt!!


Grandma Bonnie April 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

Awesome duct tape bag. Its wonderful how much feminine products have changed for the better.


Peggy Johnson April 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

The Duct tape bag is such a great idea and now they have so many colors and patterns to choose from. How fun!


Cynthia L April 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

I love the Duct tape bag! As I get older, I have less things in my bag! I like it that way!


Gingermommy April 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Great idea to conceal anything you need. Love the new Duct tape styles


Susan April 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

My bag is so stuffed with so many things, all the times it seems! But kotex is usually in there…


Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) April 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Oh my! The bag is so cute, I never would have guessed it was duct tape! Love it! My bag is full of crumpled up grocery receipts and lip glosses – hee-hee!


Kristi April 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

These little bags are adorable! I just love the colors too. You can do so many things with duct tape. My son recently made a big duct tape Sponge Bob and a Lego figure.


Kerri (TheMaven) April 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

What a cute idea! Great craft product for tweens and teens.


Debbie Denny April 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

The duct tape bag is really a great idea. I love it.


Touristmeetstraveler April 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

It’s crazy how many uses Duct Tape has, people make wallets out of them and now bags.


alice chase April 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

What a great idea! I have a teenager who might really like that idea. I’ll be sure to share it with her. I also love bakery on main ( I noticed from the pic!)


Heather Lawrence April 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Super cute! My eldest created her own little hidey spot for her girlie supplies.
Nothing like having a tampon fall out of your purse and roll on the floor in front of the hottest guy at school. Ah, memories….


Helene Cohen Bludman April 29, 2014 at 5:11 pm

The duct tape bag is really cute! I remember a friend of mine went to get a pen out of her purse but pulled out a tampon instead. Of course this was in front of a mixed crowd.


Keikilani April 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I love the little pouch you made out of duct tape! How creative and fun.


Tammilee April 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm

What a cool idea! I could use this as an adult. I have had one to many embarrassing moments when things have gone flying out of my purse.


Laura J April 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Oh that is such a cute idea! I love it! I have to get some of the cute duct tape! I just have the old grey stuff :) LOL


Marielle Altenor April 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

The duct tape little purse for the pads looks too cute! I’m pretty sure I have all the mats here! If I get around to try this I will let you know =)


Katy Rawson April 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

You can never have enough hair elastics. More important, you really need to have confidence in your feminine products. I have trusted Kotex for a very long time.


Pam April 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

What a great idea and there are so many cute duct tape patterns out there. Those teenage years can be so embarrassing when things happen like that but today’s teens seem to be much more open about it. And that is probably a good thing.


Nicole B April 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

what a fun idea to make a folder out of duct tape. I mean holder but my phone wont let me backspace to correct the spelling.


Tess April 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Great idea to hold everything. Very cute too-I’ll have to try it.


Lady Lilith April 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Your bags are so cute. My bag is always changing.


Mama to 5 BLessings April 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

This is my preferred brand for feminine products, what a cute duct tape bag = love duct tape!


Amy Desrosiers April 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Oh yes, I had the embarrassing period moment from highschool when I went through my outfit..awful!


Lois Alter Mark April 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

What a great idea! Love that duct tape has become a cute craft item now rather than a boring (but very effective) household necessity!


Krista Whisner April 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

My daughter is obsessed with duct tape! She makes everything out of it!


Sandra April 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Super cute bag, great job. If my daughter made one I would use it. Great way to hide certain things ;)


Sarah @ Must Have Mom April 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Yes, times have certainly changed! Great idea.


Jennifer Williams April 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I think we have all had an embarrassing moment at some point and I just walked into the mens restroom at a fast food place the other day because I was so busy looking down rushing my son to the bathroom I missed the label on the doors! I am getting ready to make a duct tape wallet because I can not find one I like.


Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens April 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

That is a seriously adorable idea! It is discrete and fabulous!


Tough Cookie Mommy April 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I have a very embarrassing moment when I slipped down the stairs in front of the entire football team and especially in front of the guy I had a crush on.


Liz Mays April 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

What a super cute disguise! It’s amazing how many uses duct tape has!


Stefani Tolson April 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I love the idea of a duct tape bag. I have made flower pens with duct tape. Right now my bag is almost empty!


Nikki April 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

That duct tape bag is such a cute idea, and a clever way to conceal pads! Right now, my bag has the basics: my wallet, keys, some sort of sour candy and change. Not sure what else in there, not sure I want to know, lol!


Cindy B April 30, 2014 at 1:35 am

Such a great idea and the bag is very cute!


Dawn April 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

That bag is too cute! I would have never guessed that it was made out of duct tape!


Debi April 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

Tha tis sucha cute idea. I could see my daughter making one


Danielle @ We Have It All April 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Now a bag is something my girls have not made with the tape yet… I’ll have to mention this to them.


Veronica April 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

There are so many cute duct tale designs and patterns available today. Great craft project.


candice April 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

what a cool idea. something i could have used in high school for sure! good to remember for my daughters in the future.


Rosey April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hurrah for the free hairbands. That would make me super mom too (at least for a minute or two). :) Thanks for the share!


Ashley Gill April 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

What a cute way to conceal the embarrassing things in our lives! Its a fact of life that we need those things, but for some reason we are all so ready to act like its a shame.


Lexie Lane April 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

I’ve never used a U kotex but love the packaging and thought about it just because it’s always so colorful!


Fabulous Perks April 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I love the new discret changes for feminine products. It’s one of the reasons I made the switch to Kotex.


Toni April 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

This is super cute. Duct tape can really be used for anything


Amanda Her April 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I always carry extra feminine products with me. You never know! Cure duct tape bag!


Amanda April 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I love the bag! There are tons of cute patterns of tape out now!


Aisha Kristine Chong April 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

That is such a lovely idea. Something we could all think about.


Amber Edwards April 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I am in love with that duct tape bag! Brilliant way to carry the feminine essentials without everyone seeing it and knowing exactly what it is!


Le-an Lacaba May 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

It looks so creative to do! I love how you could do designs


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