plastic bag

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.

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6 Responses to plastic bag

  1. leslie says:

    oh my gosh. i love this idea. and your bag turned out so great.

  2. Jenna says:

    This looks so cool. What a great use for those old bags.

  3. Jodie says:

    That’s fantastic. What a great idea.

  4. Abby says:

    Oh wow… I have been busting to try this idea for ages. Thanx for the tips. Your bag looks awesome.
    luv Abby

  5. Kajsa says:

    Great idea and fantastic interpretation by you! I need to try it!

  6. h. says:

    So, how stinky was it to shrink the bags? I have wanted to try that project,but I’ve been scared off by the idea of stinking up my house.