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I’m at a point in my life where my friends and I no longer talk about the coolest places we’ve been lately or the things we did last weekend. Or at least… we don’t talk about them in the same way. Often we’re talking about the bothersome things happening to us as we get older – because we have no shame anymore and there’s no reason to hide things away in the closet anymore. Or we commiserate over the silly things our kids did or the latest “disaster” in our lives. And we laugh. A lot.
Often, we’re doing this while out for a power walk in the park -since that’s what busy moms do, right? Socialize and exercise at the same time?
Unfortunately, some of those bothersome things nature has sent our way include our bodies not quite reacting the way they used to. We’ve yet to have anyone go down with an injury while walking, but we’ve had the, “Please! Stop! I can’t laugh without peeing myself!” request as someone is sharing a particularly entertaining snafu.
This is not how any woman wants to live her life.
I have friends who’ve had surgery to try to fix their leakage issues, while other friends rely on pads and others just do their best to avoid any activities that may trigger that little leak. They don’t dance, they don’t exercise, they brace themselves before they cough, an unexpected sneeze is always a worry, and more. That? That’s not living life.
I’m lucky. I’m not in that boat, but too many of my friends are. And of course we’ve talked about it while walking. Everyone hates the leak. Some are willing to deal with it by buying pads but they hate how they feel. Many refuse to buy the pads because they hate how they feel and how they aren’t at all discreet. Gym locker rooms are wide open, and they’re embarrassed to change.
But – you knew there was a but coming, right? – now that I’m on a fall tv kick, I am catching more commercials than I care to admit to. And one really stuck out in my head. Have you seen any of the ads for Poise Impressa? They actually help prevent the leaks from happening. You insert them like a tampon where they then expand to support your urethra so nothing comes out. The fact that you can wear them for up to 8 hours in a 24 hour period and use the bathroom normally are just bonuses.
Since the packaging looks like a tampon, they’re much more discreet than a pad. And so now I’m on a mission to educate my friends. I’m tired of having to stop that story partway through because they can’t laugh anymore (and I have some good ones – like Little Miss asking me yesterday to turn on the hot air conditioning because she was cold) or not being able to add more jogging to our circles through the local park.
And that’s when inspiration struck. I first headed to my local CVS because they have a coupon for Poise Impressa, and I am all about saving money where I can. This was an education for me, too, as I first headed to the aisle with pads and tampons only to realize that Poise Impressa is actually sold with incontinence items. Oops!
I bought two sizing kits to share with my friends. And to encourage the discreet nature of the product, I decided to make pouches from duct tape for them to keep a supply in their purses. Personally, I lose so many things in my purse all the time, and other times packaging accidentally opens and I have to throw stuff away. I figured a duct tape pouch would solve both of these problems and also make for a fun way to “gift” them to my friends.
I’ll back up though. Why the sizing kid? Poise Impressa has three different sizes that support your urethra at different levels. The size isn’t about how much you weigh or how much you leak but about the best internal fit, so everyone has to start out with a sizing kit before moving on to the ten count packages with the best size.
To figure out the size, you start with size one and simply insert the Poise Impressa like a tampon. If there are no leaks when you laugh, dance, cough, exercise, etc., you’re good to go. If you still leak, move on to size two and repeat and the same with size 3 if necessary. After your eight hours (or earlier), you simply pull the string to remove and dispose the way you would a tampon. Easy peasy!
Since I bought two kits, I was able to divvy the contents up to share with four friends so each gets one of each size. And the duct tape pouch to store them in. I thought it was a fun way to keep them safe and encourage them to use the Poise Impressa.
How to Make a Duct Tape Pouch (with Lid)
Creating a duct tape pouch isn’t difficult, and it takes less than ten minutes start to finish. I made mine with a fun pattern duct tape I have, but you could make the inside one color and the outside another or create all sorts of fun patterns with various colors of duct tape. I’m a simple girl, and I think these turned out pretty cool.
I made these in a couple different sizes. I love the size that is five strips across for larger items – almost using it like a travel makeup bag, but after experimenting, making a duct tape pouch three wide was perfect to hold two to three of the Poise Impressa products, and that’s what I went with.
To start, all you need is duct tape (in one or more colors), a ruler, and scissors. The ruler is technically optional, but I like to try to not waste tape so like to use it.
When you’re thinking about how to make a duct tape pouch, figure out the size to start. For this, I cut three strips of duct tape that were eight inches long each.
Once I had them cut, I laid them each out next to each other and taped them together to make an eight inch long rectangle, being sure to give a little overlap over each section of duct tape.
I then rolled that with the sticky side out to make a tube, again just giving a but of overlap on the duct tape to hold it together.
Next up is cutting another three sections of duct tape nine inches long. These will make the outside of the pouch and you need excess duct tape to make a seal at the bottom of your pouch. See? Learning how to make a duct tape pouch isn’t that hard, is it?
Lay the first section onto your sticky tube of duct tape with one long end lined up with what will be the top of your pouch and the other hanging over that. Press down gently to get the two sticky layers to adhere to each other.
Lay the next nine inch segment sticky side up, and place the tube onto it, again lining up the top edge with the top of your pouch and overhanging the first duct tape layer just a bit. Roll the tube so that the duct tape attaches to your tube. Repeat for the third piece of duct tape so that it is completely covered all around.
Use your fingers to smooth the bottom overhang of duct tape so that they stick together and create a seal for the bottom of your duct tape pouch.
The seal doesn’t need to be an inch long, so pick up your scissors and trim it off, leaving about an eighth of an inch of seal in place. You can easily feel where there is a double layer of duct tape versus just one layer and know where to snip.
Take a small section of tape the width of your tube or a little longer and place half of it over the bottom of your tube. Curl it over the bottom to create more protection for your bottom seal. Trim the excess from the sides, and you’re finished with the main portion of the project. Nothing is falling out of this pouch!
Next up is creating the lid for your pouch so that nothing falls out accidentally – and it’s more discreet because no one can see in! For this, you will use the main portion of your pouch that you just created as a guide. Tear off a section of tape a little longer than the circumference of your pouch – no need to be exact. Wrap it gently around your pouch near the top of it so that it is loose but not gappy.
Do the same with a second layer of duct tape, layering it about halfway down the first inside out piece of duct tape, then slide your new roll off the pouch base.
Use two more pieces of duct tape to cover the second tube, again lining up one layer with the “top” so that there is one end with excess duct tape you can use to make a seal the same way you did for the main portion of the pouch. I laid my duct tape out horizontally for this piece because it was more fun to have my pattern going in different directions, but line it up the way you want it to look.
Finish off the top seal in the same manner you did the bottom seal – pressing it together, snipping off the excess, and adding a corner tape to ensure the seal never comes loose. I also cleaned up both my top and bottom pouches by trimming the open ends of the pouches with my scissors to ensure they were even and I didn’t run the risk of them sticking closed. Once you’re finished with that, you can easily toss your Poise Impressa in your duct tape pouch and that into your purse and be on your merry way.
I have a walking date on Monday with my friends, and I can’t wait to share how Poise Impressa has worked for so many women already and how it can help them live confident lives without feeling like everyone knows their business – hello discreet!
Think you’re ready to learn how to make a duct tape pouch? If you’ve a visual learner, I also made a video tutorial sharing how I created these for the Poise Impressa I picked up at CVS. Check it out below to see exactly what I did in each step.