Tell me what is better than finding something for a dollar.
I know, I know, finding it for free would be better, but give me a break, okay?
Inspired by my new re-dedication to my blog and my need to come up with new, amazing projects and things, I spent some time with Emily this weekend. She wanted to make a zip-top bag quilt for displaying student work in her classroom and called on me to offer technical assistance and, as it turned out, mad math skills. The result was an afternoon of hi-jinks and fun. This project is pretty simple, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it easy. Also, this is definitely one of those things that is easier with two people.
All you need is duct tape, packing tape, and gallon-sized zip-top bags. I actually recommend using an off brand (we used ones from Target) to avoid the white writing traditionally found on the more mainstream brands. The tape we found was ADORABLE chevron duct tape from the dollar section at Target. It came in 10 ft rolls and we ended up using about 60 feet.
*Incidentally, they also had a cute damask print tape that I may or may not have purchased 9 rolls of (because that’s all they had!) just in case I ever decided that I needed it for anything. Maybe)*
Which brings me to a really important point. DO THE MATH. No joke, we had to make a mid-afternoon Target run and pray that there would still be tape left because someone (*cough* Emily) didn’t do the math to figure out how much tape we’d need. We wanted to make a 5 bag x 5 bag grid. If you assume that each bag is about 1 square foot then you’d need 6, 5′ strips for the verticals and the same for the horizontals (one strip between each row of bags (4) and one for each of the outside edges (2 more)) So that’s 60 feet total. Still with me? It’s easiest to draw it out.
Once enough materials were procured, we started with the top edge. Lay out a strip of tape about 5′ long, sticky side up, and starting about 2″ in from one end, lay the bags down from the top, overlapping them about halfway up the tape. Make sure to keep the tape taught and the bags straight. We left about and eighth to a quarter of an inch between bags.
Lay a second strip of tape down and secure the bottoms of the bags in the same fashion, overlapping the edge about half way across the tape. Then add another row of bags. Continue this until you’ve reached the desired length. The tape on the in-between rows is pretty well covered, but to deal with the extra stickiness of the top and bottom rows, line those rows with packing tape. Yes, go right over the openings of the bags on the top row. When all is said and done, you can slice those open with ease.
Once all the rows have been assembled, lay the quilt face up (sticky side down) and tape the cross rows. Again, taught-ness is key here!
Finish off the sides with packing tape on the backs and voila!
So Cute!!!!! It sounds fairly complicated, but I swear, once you try it, you’ll see that it really isn’t challenging!