How To Make A Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag

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Pinterest Duck tape creations inspired me to create this Valentine’s Duck Tape Lunch Bag.  So much fun to create and can be used for lunch or other purposes. Let’s get right to the step-by-step process.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

Duct Tape Bag

This cute little Valentine Duck Tape Lunch Bag is going to my precious 6-year-old granddaughter. She is very special as all grandchildren are. She is extra special because she has six older brothers! I added the sparkly hearts with her in mind. 

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Supplies

  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • 1 roll of Duck tape in desired pattern (the Valentine tape came from the $1 store)
  • 2 contrasting colors of Duck tape ( I used about 1/3 roll of white and very little pink)
  • 1 pkg. sparkly foam hearts ($1 store find)
  • Red embroidery thread
  • 2 buttons

I loved the Valentine heart tape but felt like it needed some contrast to keep it from being too much. I selected both white and hot pink for contrasting colors. 

I really used the scissors much more than the box cutter to open the bag carefully in all seams.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

Step 1 Making the bag handle

Creating the handle was a bit of a challenge for me. My first try was an epic fail when I tried to place the white and heart tape together. I made a wrinkled mess and realized it was too wide.

Instead, I went with the hot pink and folded it over on itself in thirds to create a narrow more functional handle. To hide the loose ends, I folded them over and secured them with a tiny piece of tape.

These ends will be sewn onto the bag with the red embroidery thread. Notice the seam in the bottom photo (above) which explains folding in thirds. Be careful and go slow to avoid wrinkles.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

Next

Tape the outside of the bag.

This is the fun part. I used white tape to cover all of the overlapped edges and reinforce them as well for a stronger bag. You will notice the reinforced white tape on the top inside edge in a later photo of the buttons being sewn on.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

Now to create the closures

I used peel and stick Velcro and some super cute heart buttons I found at the fabric store to create a cute closure.

The need for 2 different closers is because the Velcro only holds the lower edge of the bag. You could skip the Velcro and only use the buttons but the top of the bag is somewhat heavy when folded over. 

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

How to Attach the Buttons

I actually sewed the buttons on using embroidery thread. which I divided into 3 strands. Embroidery thread is a heavier weight and shows a more pronounced look when complete. All 6 strands were too thick though so I divided them into 3 strands prior to sewing.

I used a regular sewing needle instead of an embroidery needle. The needle picks up glue from the tape during the sewing process but it isn’t so much to hinder progress.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

The handles attached

I also sewed AND hot glued the handles on. I almost didn’t show you this photo because the sewing is so sloppy. Thankfully it isn’t easy to see when the bag is in use because it is in the fold. I put a dab of hot glue right behind the sewing for added security.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

Decorate the Duct Tape Lunch bag

We still needed some bling! I found these cute little sparkly hearts at the $1 store. They were perfect to hot glue onto the front of the bag.

Valentines Duck Tape Lunch Bag. How to cover a brown paper lunch bag with Duck tape for a reusable lunch bag. #Ducktape #diy

All done and such a fun project. I know my little Lolli will love her Valentine Duck Tape lunch bag. She will probably be transporting Barbie dolls and other toys in it too!

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18 Comments

    1. Christine, thank you for those kind words. Yes, duck tape does make things hold up quite well. This bag will be around for a long time. I hope you will come over and share your Minecraft Valentine mailbox at the #scbh#2015 with us.

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