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Topic: TUTORIAL: MAKE SEWABLE FABRIC FROM PLASTIC BAGS  (Read 148356 times)
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« Reply #120 on: November 22, 2007 05:01:43 PM »

Awesome! My mind is already thinking of things to make with this fabric... Wink
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« Reply #121 on: November 22, 2007 05:28:50 PM »

Also, the bags aren't being heated and fused "in the open."  They're being heated and fused between layers of tagboard.  It seems like the tagboard would be able to contain a significant amount of what otherwies would be released into the air.  (Does that make any sense?)
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« Reply #122 on: November 22, 2007 05:44:48 PM »

Also, the bags aren't being heated and fused "in the open."  They're being heated and fused between layers of tagboard.  It seems like the tagboard would be able to contain a significant amount of what otherwies would be released into the air.  (Does that make any sense?)

that's an interesting point. i wish i had time and resources to properly test this. it seems to me that the tagboard would be negligible but it would need a test for sure!
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« Reply #123 on: December 09, 2007 08:05:29 PM »

I loved this idea so I sat down and started working on it.   Some issues I ran into: One was the tiny holes and air pockets.   I assume thats from too much heat in one area and not enough in another?  Also I'm having issues getting my ends to fuse together.  Lastly, I  had a hard time finding card stock anywhere....I asked some holiday helper at A.C. Moore and they gave me poster board...i think thats  also hindering the fusing....


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« Reply #124 on: December 10, 2007 03:44:39 AM »

I loved this idea so I sat down and started working on it.   Some issues I ran into: One was the tiny holes and air pockets.   I assume thats from too much heat in one area and not enough in another?  Also I'm having issues getting my ends to fuse together.  Lastly, I  had a hard time finding card stock anywhere....I asked some holiday helper at A.C. Moore and they gave me poster board...i think thats  also hindering the fusing....


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I used 8.5"x11" cardstock, overlapped it a bit, then moved it around when it was cool to iron it again (the places where the cardstock overlapped didn't fuse well).  When I re-ironed, I tried to focus on areas that needed more heat.  I re-ironed a couple times until all the bubbles fused.  I didn't even try to get the ends to fuse.  Instead, I trimmed it back when I was done ironing.  Hope that helps a little.  I'm sure someone else has more advice than I do.  Smiley
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« Reply #125 on: December 10, 2007 07:28:02 AM »

oh boy! what an amazing idea! someof the markets around me have neato pink and green plastic bags! I have a slew of plastic bags and cannot wait to try it! if it works out the way i'd like it to as innerfacing i will no longer have to shell out $3 a yard for that stuff! Thanks!
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« Reply #126 on: December 27, 2007 10:41:06 AM »

i also used poster board and ran into some problems-
the wax paper was best,
i did get some little air holes,
and i had to put my iron on a very high setting-
[my iron just has a dial with MAX and MIN. to use as guides]
but after a few tries i got it right
&now i have a wonderful make up bag!
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« Reply #127 on: December 28, 2007 10:48:14 AM »

This is a REALLY neat Idea!
I can imagine using this fabric as an interfacing to waterproof slippers.


I have been planning to use my bags as a rain coat, but I was thinking of layering and stitching some quilting designs to secure the layers, then to water proof the needle holes there is a seam sealer for tents and outdoor wear, (or even bees wax).

other recycling uses for those bags (non heated) that I have done or are rumbling in my head:
I started to reply to some of the posts looking for using the bags in non heated ways,  and it got long enough I posted it in the recycling area

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105249.30

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« Reply #128 on: January 04, 2008 01:07:01 PM »

This is so flipping cool!

CONGRATS on being one of the top 5 crafts of the YEAR 2007 in your category!!!!!

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« Reply #129 on: January 04, 2008 09:00:02 PM »

YAY.


ahahah i swear winning this made my day!
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