This project is one of the treasures in Todd Oldham’s intriguing book, Kid Made Modern, which chronicles amazing projects inspired by different design geniuses. That said, this particular project pays homage to Verner Panton and his legendary mastery of color.
The project is as easy as can be with only minimal and simple materials required. It has few technicalities but takes some time to execute. Everybody knows kids are “crazy” about tapes and this project gives them free rein to exercise their passion.
2 11×16-inch Tyvek Priority Mail envelopes (from an Post Office)
Duct Tape in a variety of colors (from any hardware store)
Have 2 Tyvek envelopes on hand for each messenger bag. Find colored duct tape at any hardware store. Seal the ends of both envelopes. Cut one long edge of one envelope.
To make the flap, lay the short edge of the uncut envelope over the long, cut edge of the other envelope. The two should overlap about 4 inches. Tape down securely.
Decorate! Decorate all sides with tape and add a colorful edge for a finishing touch.
To make the handle, tape two 24-inch pieces of tape together.
Tape each edge to the inner corner of the bag. For a completely flat messenger bag (great for papers and sketches) – you’re done!
If you’d like to make a flat bottom, start by folding over an inch of the bottom edge. Crease and release. Then, fold in the corners on each side; crease and release.
Here’s the tricky part (especially if you’ve used a lot of tape, like we did): Coax the folded corners towards the interior of the bag to shape the bottom.
Tape on the inside.
Tape on the outside.
And it’s a wrap! Now you can fill it up with your stuff!
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