Fashion Duct Tape Bag
Today I have a fun post for you. My friend Candice is going to tell us about the Fashion Duct Tape Bag she made, following the instructions from Duct Tape Bags that she received to review. I think you will love the post and the bag too. Thanks so much to Richela Fabian Morgan for giving us the opportunity to check out your great creations!
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Growing up I had a fetish for those glossy and sparkly craft books. The ones that came with a clear little side package of craft supplies that looked so perfectly enticing to any tween girl. My Mom refused to buy them for me always stating that these were a “rip-off” and then would try to tell me to just go buy the supplies for whatever magical project the book taught you to make. Guess what? Mom was right. I bought so many of these crafty little books with dashed dreams. My sand art ended up being a brown mixed up mess and half the sand ended up in the carpet. My friendship bracelets ended up being tied in knots and forgotten. The baking tools that came with the book were always to flimsy to actually use. Let’s not even talk about the lip-gloss craft.
Le sigh… I eventually gave up on crafting books being an effective means for me to complete a legitimate product. I also accepted that my Mother was correct that you should just go buy the dang supplies and make what your heart desired. Then I got the email from my lovely Kathleen friend telling me she had something right up my craft alley. A book. A craft book. A grown up craft book.
My childhood fears began of a perfectly terrible end to what was supposed to be the craft to change my life. With sweaty palms I felt the fear and I said, “Let’s do it!” It was time to conquer these crafts gone wrong experiences. When Duct Tape Bags: 40 Projects for Totes, Clutches, Messenger Bags, and Bowlers arrived in the manila padded envelope I pulled it out and swooned. It was the same excitement I had as a kid. Glossy cover, gorgeous pictures of perfectly executed duct tape bags. Not even the ones you made as a grunge kid in the classic silver duct tape. But gorgeous shopper bags that you would see some stylish trendsetter with fantastic heels carrying. I was mesmerized. Could I “the craft book failure child” truly make a creation as fantastic as these? And share it on a legit blog? I pulled on my big girl panties and poured over the pages. Reading all the details and it was like hanging out with that amazing friend who talks so gently and helps you with all the secret duct tape techniques.
There were little tricks and tips that made it all come together as if, Richela Fabian Morgan, the author of and creator of Duct Tape Bags: 40 Projects for Totes, Clutches, Messenger Bags, and Bowlers herself knew exactly what I needed to know. She knew exactly when I would go, “wait, why isn’t this working?” And poof magically a little tidbit of perfect info was there to guide me through the process. All the sudden as I made the “Serena” bag I was successfully following a craft book! Now all 40 of these incredible bags were within my reach. All that duct tape that I HAD to buy because it was such a great pattern was going to be put into great use.
Once I finished I sat back and oogled my project in total awe. It was such fun reading, planning, and creating with Duct Tape Bags. This book was my game changer. I was so excited I posted to my Instagram without an ounce of fear. People were amazed by what you can create with just duct tape. This gorgeous shopper is going with me to the farmer’s market, the beach, running around town with my littles, it’s seriously a stylish functional accomplishment for me.