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Topic: First Fused Plastic Project & a Tee Shirt Grocery Bag  (Read 2476 times)
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« on: July 25, 2008 06:14:22 PM »

I thought I would pop these two in together cause they are both recycled projects and they are kinda rough around the edged.

Fused Plastic Bag

So many of my friends are giving this a go and since I had the super cool dry mount press (used in tee shirt shops - very big iron!)

You put 4-6 layers of thin plastic bags together between parchment paper and press until they fuse. Make sure there is a fan or ventilation, melting plastic always makes fumes.

So I made the sheets and then I surged together these two bags. They are good for catch alls, change mail etc.



Tee Shirt Shopping Bag
 
Well one of the many craft lists I am on sent a link to Martha Stewart ( ha ha) making this recycled tee shirt shopping bag. The video was fun to watch. Basically you cut a larger neck hole and remove the sleeves and sew together the bottom.

http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&xsc=eml_crd_2008_04_16

I snagged on of hubby's newish tee shirts to make mine.



I made a few modification that I think makes it a sturdier shopping bag.

- I did a French seam in the bottom (sewed it once WST the flipped it RST and sewed again).
- I boxed the bottom.
- I folded the shoulders into thirds and sewed them down.
- I zig zagged all of the raw edges at the top.





I would use newish tee shirts if you really want to be able to carry groceries in them. Also my hubby Extra Large was a bit big, a medium would probably be perfect.

Another shot of the handle was requested.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008 06:35:40 PM »

Do you have any pictures of how you folded the shoulders into thirds?
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008 06:46:08 PM »

Very cool! I just saw a youtube video yesterday my brother sent me on fusing the plastic bags to make a messenger bag, very clever concept. I wondered if the fused bags would work as like an interfacing?? hummmm I'll have to try it
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008 07:12:05 PM »

I have really wanted to try the fused bag projects... something to do with bags I get for free.  Good to see it actually works!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2008 07:47:13 AM »

Do you have any pictures of how you folded the shoulders into thirds?
Just added another shot of the handle at the bottom of the first post. Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2008 05:35:57 PM »

Do you have any pictures of how you folded the shoulders into thirds?
Just added another shot of the handle at the bottom of the first post. Thanks
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