Published on June 5th, 2009 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Two summer totes

Need a summer tote? Here’s one (two, actually!) that you can make from a Solig table runner. Thanks, Nicole.

She says, “I made a tote using the Ikea Solig table runner, stapler and duct-tape (and a little inspiration from Jodi Kahn’s book: Simply Sublime Bags). One Solig runner will make two totes. The fabric is the perfect width. The inside is lined with water-proof and easy to wipe clean duck-tape – making it an ideal lunch tote.”

Can’t get enough of totes?
See this all-day tote from Lotta Jansdotter’s pattern, reusable eco tote and shopping tote.

Summer sizzles!
Summer items like the Platta decking is back. This is the time to load the cart with them if you want to make hacks like this window sill, spa mat, or bathroom flooring. Remember to check out Ikea’s Summer collection too. Aah … they always make me miss the salty sea and sand between my toes.

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13 Responses to Two summer totes

  1. Emily says:

    Contrary to popular belief, it’s duct tape, not “duck tape”.. :)

    Nice bag though! Looks good for a beach trip.

  2. laurence says:

    duct. tape.
    as in “ductile” meaning “tough, not brittle”

    great bag, though, really like it. i think i’ll be making one for my mum’s birthday, rapidly approaching.

  3. Emily says:

    Whoops, nevermind, I see there actually is a “duck tape”! My bad.

  4. Anonymous says:

    haha, I’ve never seen tape actually called “duck tape” cute! Duct tape actually got it’s name because it was used on heating and air conditioning ducts.

    Great bag!


  5. kimbean says:

    “Duck” is the name of the original manufacturer of the silver tape. Other compaines started using “Duct” b/c of the copyright.


  6. Mari says:

    That looks really nice!

  7. I think I also read somewhere that it’s called duck tape because water rolls off of it like a duck’s back.

  8. Anonymous says:

    why not incorporate the ubiquitous IKEA blue-bags in lieu of the duct/duck tape?

  9. Jules says:

    thanks guys, nice to know the history behind the duck-duct tape.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I used both- the Pink is Duct Tape brand and the blue is Duck Tape by Ace Hardware (in picture) Either one is fun to use! ~Nicole

  11. Anonymous says:

    What a CUTE bag! Waterproof lining makes it great for carrying lunches. Duct/Duck…. it’s all the same. I looked it up!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I just made two of these totes with my friends kids. They are really cute. Only problem with the hack: there is a step missing. You have to tape up the sides before setting the bottom. Try to butt the sides together carefully when taping. If you are not careful, you get an exposed seam of sticky duck tape when the bag is turned right side out.

  13. Flores Hayes says:

    i love the bag!!

    my roomate is THRILLED with her panda bag!
    she just LOVE it

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