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DIY a storage pocket - a Dollar Tree Craft

I am participating in a Dollar Store Challenge this month with other craft bloggers. The project I am making is made from items I found at my local Dollar Tree. I recently saw a video making a similar project. I think it was on Facebook but I can't remember the source. I wanted to try this Dollar Store Craft because I think it might be a great project for kids. After making the storage pocket I was surprised at how sturdy it was given the materials I used. 

materials for zippered pocket
materials
 

Materials:

Directions:

Begin by laying out a zipper-topped baggie on a hard surface that you can remove the tape from easily. Before applying the tape, make sure the slider on your bag works well. I'd hate to make this entire project and find I don't have a zipper that works well.

cover with duct tape - dollar store craft
Cover the baggie with duct tape. If you have a distinct pattern in your duct tape, take time to align the design when you add each strip.
 

bottom edge of pocket - dollar store craft
My tape was a bit off from the baggy along the bottom edge.
So I added another strip of tape and folded it over to the back side.
This also gave the bottom edge a bit more strength.
 

cover the bag with duct tape - dollar store craft
here is the additional tape added tot he bottom
 

fold over the sides - dollar store craft
lift the pocket off the table surface and flip it over.
Fold the excess tape over to the back side.
 

flipped over with bottom edge - dollar store craft
This shows the bottom tape folded over the bottom edge.
 

trim sides of pocket - dollar store craft
Now cover the back side with tape, taking care to align the strips.
Leave the excess off the sides, you will cut this off after all strips are added.
 

insides pocket - dollar store craft
The pocket is more sturdy then I expected.
This photo shows the inside of the pocket.
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I decided I would like to add a word on the front of my storage pocket. I used white vinyl and my Cricut Maker to cut it out.

cutting vinyl cricut maker - dollar store craft
cutting the vinyl
I set the whole thing up using my iPhone and sent it to the Cricut Maker - this was really easy to do without having to use my computer.

finished pocket with vinyl letters - dollar store craft
I applied the vinyl to the front of the pocket.

Now that it is done, I think you could hole punch the bottom edge and actually use it inside a school 3-ring binder. This was a fun and fast project. And, it cost less than $2 because I have baggies and duct tape left over from my Dollar Tree purchase.
 


Take some time and visit all the participants in the Dollar Store September Challenge.

My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies | Across the Blvd

Kristin's Peppermints & Cherries |Stone Cottage Adventures

Purple Hues & Me | Sew Crafty Crochet

Intelligent Domestications Our Crafty Mom

Cookies, Coffee, & Crafts Coastal Bohemian

And their projects can be found on the link up below:

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Such a fun and creative idea!

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This is such a cute and clever idea! I'm always buying pouches for all my stuff. I could make one instead! Great idea!

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There are so many varieties of duct tape these days, so the possibilities with this craft are endless! Would have NEVER thought of this!

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Nice idea. I see a make up bag.

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I love using the pretty colors of duct tape for projects like this. These would be handy to use in the craft room for storing all sorts of stuff! I like how you added a name using the Cricut too!

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What a great idea. This can be used for so many things and duct tape comes in so many prints. Super cute!

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What a clever idea, Janet! It's great that it turned out sturdy. Using it in a binder would be a good idea, too. Pinning.

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How clever! These cute bags could be used to organize all kinds of small items. My first thought beyond pens and pencils are all the small clippy type barrettes our granddaughters use. They have a way of slipping into the very corners of their dresser. I love the bit of vinyl on the front for labeling! pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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I love this idea! This is such a fun way to make pouches using dollar store duct tape. I showed the ladies in my craft class how to make these, too! They come in really handy!

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