This is a smaller version of our duct-tape messenger bag project – perfect for less time and younger designers. This was inspired by P.S. I Made This and Erika Domesek’s brilliant use of the humble shelf-liner.


Drawer liner, ideally in 12” wide (you can use the rubbery or plastic kind, available at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot or your local dollar store)

Duct tape in a variety of colors

Bits of fabric and ribbon

Scissors and tacky glue (useful but not essential)

A spot of adhesive Velcro

Ages: 6+ with help; 9+ on their own

Time: 30 minutes

Project Steps

Most drawer liners are available in rolls that are 12” wide – this is the perfect size. For a single pouch, cut a strip 6” across (and 12” long). We made 12 pouches from a 6-foot roll, perfect for our after-school class.

Now, fold up about 4-inches of the drawer liner, making sure to line it up evenly along the sides. This will form the base of your pouch, with 2-inch flap at the top. Tape securely, but make sure not to tape the top edged closed!

Then, continue wrapping tape around the pouch so that the sides are completely sealed. Make fun stripes, designs and shapes. Add ribbon, yarn, fabric scraps and other crafty bits. Secure these bits with tape or tacky glue, and add a square of Velcro to keep your pouch closed. When you’re finished, fill with your favorite little things!


Curious Janen, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.


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