December 27th, 2007
I have a few more presents to show that have been opened and (thankfully) well received. This is a plastic bag made from many, many plastic bags. The directions came from Esty Labs and a quick search on youtube will give you a video of the whole process. You fuse three plastic bags together between sheets of parchment paper then zigzag them all together to make plastic fabric. I was originally going to make it in the shape of a plastic bag, but I kept melting holes in the plastic and the "fabric" was getting smaller and smaller. There is a picture of a patchwork plastic bag in the link above, so with that in mind I cut a bunch of squares and using a paper bag for a template (how ironic) made a plastic patchwork bag. Plastic bags are surprisingly easy to sew and this came together very quickly. It's incredibly light and though it doesn't feel sturdy it can hold a bunch of stuff. It's hard to avoid ending up with a bunch of plastic bags these days, even if you make a special effort not to. And this is a nice way to at least put those evil things to good use.