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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2004 05:06:08 AM »

whoah, this is the best project i've seen in awhile; great tutorial, too.  i'll make these to hold my recycled paper stashes throughout the house.  thanks, slick!

a liitle recycler's note: it should be illegal to not offer paper as an alternative to plastic bags.if your store doesn't, try requesting a change for the better.  in some countries, you'd have to pay extra for using plastic.  they take 1,000 years to break down and are lethal to wildlife. learn more here.

« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2004 02:58:37 PM »

Wow, thanks for that link, firefly.  Fascinating and depressing!  Yes, paper bags are really much better, and I like how they look for this project too!  Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2004 10:53:38 AM »

Sweet! I was just trying to knit some plastic bags on chopsticks during my lunch hour...I'd seen in knitknit magazine that someone was crocheting strips cut from carrier bags and I thought that would be a good farmer's market bag for myself...but now I'm imagining a paper bag backpack!  Thanks for the great project!

« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2004 05:06:44 PM »

hey! you can varnish it with shiny brown paint... my mom has a co-worker who gave her a basket just like that... she rolled up the strips, however. A little shiny, brown paint and varnish, and it's hard to tell the difference between paper and flexible wood or twine!
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2004 06:11:18 PM »

along with the varnish idea, i want to take a moment to show my appreciation for MY mother's favorite thing, which is using brown liquid shoe polish--you know, the kind with the spongey top applicator on the bottle?--to perk things up.  old wood, things that want a light finish, all that.  it's easy to manipulate, comes with its own applicator and is surprisingly attractive on an wood (or would-be brown) thing.

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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2004 12:37:51 PM »

 I am making one right now. It's starting to fold in so I think I am going to put some bamboo skewers (shishkabob sticks) in as I  am weaving the bags!

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2004 04:04:09 PM »

Thanks for the idea!  That would be a great way of recycling old wrapping paper to hold new gifts.

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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2004 01:34:12 PM »

oh, i really like the newspaper idea.  you could add coloring to the varnish and it would be like that newspaper-covered filing cabinet todd oldham did on house of style like 10 years ago.  super cute!
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2004 11:47:50 AM »

cool!  Also - If you fold the bags so the store logo is on the inside - you can stamp shapes on the plain paper - like a star potatoe stamp.

I will try it sometime.

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