Monday, February 22, 2010

Fused Plastic Grocery Bags Grocery Bag

Uh-huh, the title sounds redundant, but for real, I made a grocery bag out of fused plastic grocery bags!

Perhaps, you follow Freckled Nest? Well, I used the same technique to fuse the plastic as LA! Unfortunately, I did not have bags of different colors. My bag is less fashion, more function. I will no longer need to use a plastic bag from the grocery store again! Hoorah for being green!

After fusing a bunch of plastic bags, I trimmed the edges of each rectangular piece so they were straight and saved the trimmings (including the handles and bottoms of the bags I cut off in the beginning), which I will use for a future craft project. Don't you throw them away! Think of all the things they can stuff (hint, hint)!

After trimming all of the pieces to near the same size, I started sewing them together using a zig-zag stitch (just cause I like it). This was really a wing-it kind of project. Once I had sewed together enough pieces to form one bag-sized side, I sewed more pieces to create the other side, which I measured against the first side for length and width. They turned out relatively the same. Heh.

To create the straps, I cut strips from plastic I had already fused, doubled it over for strength, and sewed the edges together.

With two sides and straps, all that's left is to sew those sections together to create the tote!

Oh, dear. I apologize for the pictureless tutorial! And I am a visual learner, too! I will make up for it next time, lovelies! Forgive?



Anzouya said...

This is so cool. I've always wanted to try something like that but I haven't yet.Maybe I should!

Roxanne said...

Oh how I love this!

Sarah said...

Awesome!! What a great idea. I've been thinking about trying this plastic bag grocery bag technique:

You know except I can't crochet, but that's a minor detail. :)

fellowcreatures said...

Your bag looks great!!! And your sewing does too! I've just been making it up as I go along...I should really take a sewing class. I did get a Learn to Sew book, maybe that'll help. ;)