Duct Tape Bags
You can draw inspiration from the subterranean transportation lines of Paris, London, Tokyo, or New York City. In addition to helping you navigate the transit system, subway maps are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, with boldly colored lines that harmoniously intersect and form geometric shapes. Movement Underground takes the subway map motif and elevates it to a fashion statement.
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You Will Need
Place the 16½" × 19" (42cm × 48.5cm) piece of parchment paper on the worktable in the landscape position and make a duct tape fabric (see page 10) using 10 strips of 20" (51cm) white heavy-duty duct tape for the back side and 7 strips of 17½" (44.5cm) white linen duct tape for the front side. Trim the fabric to 16½" × 19" (42cm × 48.5cm).
Place the 13½" × 21½" (34.5cm × 54.5cm) piece of parchment paper on the worktable in the portrait position and make a second duct tape fabric using 15 strips of 14½" (37cm) white heavy-duty duct tape for the back side and 9 strips of 22½" (57cm) green duct tape for the front side. Trim the fabric to 21½" × 13½" (54.5cm × 34.5cm). Trim off a piece vertically that measures 5" × 13½" (12.5cm × 34.5cm). Set aside the smaller piece. The remaining fabric should measure 16½" × 13½" (42cm × 34.5cm) high.
Place the fabric from step 1 on the worktable in the portrait position with the white heavy-duty duct tape side facing up. Place the green and white heavy-duty duct tape fabric from step 2 directly below it, white heavy-duty duct tape side facing up, in the landscape position so that the 16½" (42cm) edges touch and create a middle seam. // A Place a 16½" (42cm) strip of white heavy-duty duct tape horizontally over the seam, connecting the 2 fabrics.
TO MAKE THE BAG SIDES, cut the 5" × 13½" (12.5cm × 34.5cm) piece of fabric from step 2 into 2 pieces that measure 2½" × 9½" (6.5cm × 24cm) each. Discard any extra duct tape.
To attach the sides to the main bag, place one bag side each vertically along both the left and right edges of the bottom connected fabric so they touch, lining up the bottom edges and creating a seam between them. // B Cut 2 strips of 9½" (24cm) white heavy-duty duct tape and place a strip over each seam to connect the sides to the fabric.
Place a strip of 9½" (24cm) white heavy-duty duct tape vertically along the remaining long edge of the left side piece. Be sure that only half of the strip is on the fabric lengthwise. Fold it back so the sticky half is facing up. Align the left edge of the side piece with the left edge of the main fabric. // E Press down the strip of tape, connecting the side piece to the main fabric.// Repeat this step on the right side piece. The main bag is now complete.
TO MAKE A STRAP, cut a 32" (81cm) strip of white heavy-duty duct tape and a 32" (81cm) strip of green duct tape. Stick them together. Repeat this step to make the second strap.
Starting from the top edge of the left bag side, measure down 1½" (3.8cm) along the left and right edges and mark. Draw a horizontal line with a white grease pencil connecting the 2 marks. Measure and mark ¼" (6mm) inward from each end of the drawn line. // F Cut a 2" (5cm) line inward (toward the center), starting from the ¼" (6mm) mark made.//
Repeat step 9 on the right bag side to attach the second strap. Loop a metal slider through the unattached end of the second strap, leaving a 1" (2.5cm) tail. Fold the tail over the middle bar of the slider and secure it with a 1" (2.5cm)strip of white heavy-duty duct tape. Weave the open end of the first strap through the slider.
TO MAKE THE SUBWAY GRID PATTERN, cut one 17½" (44.5cm) strip each from orange, purple, yellow, dark blue, and dark green duct tape. Cut 3 strips lengthwise from each color; each strip is approximately ¼" (6mm) wide. // H Place these strips across the front side of the bag flap in a grid or a pattern that is similar to a subway map, where a single color represents a transportation line.// Be sure to crisscross some strips. Trim or fold over any extra duct tape that extends beyond the edges of the flap.
MAGNETIC SNAP CLOSURE
• self-healing cutting mat
• craft knife
• flat-nose pliers
• magnetic snap closure
All the magnetic snaps used in this book are ¾" (2cm) in diameter. Each one has a male part, a female part, and two washers. You will need a pair of flat-nose pliers to fold down the prongs of the male and female parts. To maintain a smooth front surface of the bag, it is best not to attach the male part directly to the bag fabric. Instead, we’ll first attach it to a strip of duct tape and then place it on the inside of the bag.
Place the strip of tape on the bottom edge and center it on the back side of the bag’s flap.
Attach the female part to the male part. Close the flap and press down against the magnetic snap. The prongs of the female part should make indentations on the opposing side of the flap.