duct tape and staples?


I am Elaine.  I live on the eastern side of Washington State in the desert. I moved from Minnesota 10 years ago to follow my husband. I miss my family and friends, but I don’t miss the snow.

My husband, 10 year old son and I traveled back to Minnesota this summer to visit family. I contact Jo to let them know we would be in the area. She introduced me to the world of blogging and invited me to be a guest blogger.  I do sew, bead and I like to repurpose things.

I am attempting to put together a tutorial for you on these bags. I used the last three cowboy bags pictured for the tutorial. I hope it makes sense. These are fun and addicting. People who see them can’t believe I made them. They look like plastic, as one person said.  I don’t know how long they last.  I am guessing they are easily repaired by packing tape if they wear through.  One last thing . . .

Have fun!

My first bag made from a Sport Aviation magazine and an EAA catalog.

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My second bag had a keyhole clutch made from a gardening catalog. One side had an advertisement of 2 for some price, but I cut out an eggplant and taped it over. You could not notice in the end.

A Bag made from a Farmers Almanac calendar.


A bag for a science/math teacher, this handle was a hit and was bought for 50 cents at a Habitat for Humanity Restore by someone else. I got the part they no longer wanted. I knew it would come in handy one day. The other side had WA State facts and multiplication facts on the bottom. This side was from a unit on electricity.

A bag for reading/spelling teacher with the lists tore out by my son each week. The background was reversible scrapbook paper.  The inside was purple duct tape, the handle a grosgrain ribbon that coordinated with the brown bottom.


An old Seattle map for a big bag and a smaller bag that had a magnetic closure, new thing for me. I still want to try making her zippered bag using a stapler. I used another bungee for the handle.





These last three bags I made as thank you gifts for those tending the place while we were away.

Check back tomorrow for the tutorial to make your own bag!

psssst  . . .He is risen indeed!

4 thoughts on “duct tape and staples?”

  1. Welcome! I’m new also to blogland…and finding it such fun! The bags are charming…so clever! I’m sure you’ll have lots of fans anxious for the tutorial! Happy blogging!

  2. I’m going to pull out the cat and dog food bags to make up into shopping bags. I saw that on another site and thought you might enjoy the idea too.

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