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« on: May 11, 2008 01:25:09 PM »

I found a tute on ETSY for fusing plastic bags together and since I had a whole load knocking round the flat (+ an iron) I decided to give it a go. Fuse enough plastic bags together and the fabric is both water-proof and nigh on indestructable, although both these bags I lined with denim from some old jeans because I find it makes it a bit more flexible.


the carrier bags I made this with were nice bright colours but lacked any interesting logo's so I made the flowers out of the handles I'd cut off



This ones a bit more obviously made of recycled bags since the store logos are all still on show, I made it for a UNICEF charity auction and it was so hard to part with! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008 01:29:50 PM »

WOW i love this technique and these are some of my favorites.  a bit afraid to try it myself (the klutz factor), but probably will one day.

PS: to those who try this, please iron outside if possible (fumes)...
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008 02:15:56 PM »

oh, sooo cool. love them
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008 04:51:56 AM »

both are fab as hell!
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2008 08:50:12 PM »

I really love that second one but they're both great!
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008 12:03:42 AM »

These are fantastic! Such a great idea, I have tons of plastic bags floating around the house too, project I think so! Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008 10:11:06 AM »

Those are fantastic!  I tried fusing some Wal-Mart bags and didn't do a very good job of it.  I guess I need to try again, because I love these!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008 11:43:53 AM »

It works best if you use the really flimsy carrier bags (i don't know what wal-mart ones are like i'm afraid!) but even with the thicker ones you can do it with a bit of patience. whenever i've done it there's always been a point where i was like - hang on this isn't working right but if you carry on it comes together! (oh and obviously beware of the fumes as nataluna said but to be honest i've never got more than the slightest whiff of melting plastic doing this)  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2008 08:17:33 PM »

thats so cool, i'm looken for the tutorial now
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2008 08:49:15 PM »

walmart ones are plenty flimsy.  just for reference.
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