Fashionable reusable bag !
A few weeks ago I saw a tutorial about fusing plastic bags to make cute reusable grocery bags. I wanted to try it myself so I did it with the infinite plastic bags I have in my apartment. The process its quite easy but you need patience and time. It took me around 2 hours to do mine (because I don’t have a sewing machine and my sewing skills sux).
Materials: plastic bags, more plastic bags, an iron, parchment paper, scissors, ruler , needle and threat.
First you need to prepare your bags. Cut the bottom and the handles, then extend them. You will have something like the picture below. Now you need to flip the bag inside out. If you iron go over logos or images in the bag the ink WILL make a mess.
Once you have you bags ready is time to prepare them to be fuseeee = D In the pic above I have prepared my surface putting parchment paper then the bags then on top parchment paper ( this last one will be in direct contact with the iron).
Put your iron settings in low or medium then start ironing the bags form center to edges, be fast and precise, don’t keep the iron in one place too long. The parchment paper will wrinkle, don’t worry, that’s normal.
Do this as many times as you need to get the “fabric” for your bag. I did this 3 times. If you noted I put a yellow bag on top and bottom so my finish product ended up as a Yellow layer. I did a blue one as well and a striped one too. You can play with the different colors of your bags to create nice patterns or you can use the graphics in the bags for your designs. The possibilities are infinite.
Once you have your desire layers you need to cut the panels of the bag. Here is a lousy drawing of mine .
2 – Side panels
3 – bottom of the bag
4 – front and back panels
After all the sewing your bag will be done. Here is mine = )
Here is another source to learn how to fuse bags!
I hope you liked this post and please try to reuse plastic materials and recycle! : )