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« on: August 17, 2009 05:18:40 AM »

This is my first attempt at fusing plastic grocery bags -- I think I had too many layers and the setting up too high at first - the plastic shrunk up like shrinky-dinks and is really wrinkled.  The plastic I used for the covered button was done on a lower setting and is only about 4 layers and was quite smooth.  I guess it takes a little experimentation to come up with the perfect layers/setting combination.

At any rate - it came out fairly well - I even fused the seams.  Much better than the tattered paper envelope I was using for my coupons


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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009 07:41:31 AM »

it's still really cool! i have been wanting to try this - way to go with the button!

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009 06:25:24 AM »

Your fused plastic coupon holder turned out great. I like how you used the "Thank You" bag to create your holder. I found that using the lower setting works better and your plastic doesn't wrinkle so much. It is a fine line between getting the plastic to bond together and not having it wrinkle or get holes in your plastic.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009 08:34:13 AM »

Thanks for your advice -- I've visited your website several times (since I also crochet) and I now have a piles of plastic bag strips that I loop into plarn and am saving up enough bags to attempt a sturdy market basket. I made a large bag with thin plarn & cotton yarn, but I made a large mesh and it is so stretchy that it hits the ground.  It seems like all these things take trial & error.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009 10:35:18 AM »

Thanks for your advice -- I've visited your website several times (since I also crochet) and I now have a piles of plastic bag strips that I loop into plarn and am saving up enough bags to attempt a sturdy market basket. I made a large bag with thin plarn & cotton yarn, but I made a large mesh and it is so stretchy that it hits the ground.  It seems like all these things take trial & error.

You might try lining your bag and adding ribbon to the backside of the strap to make it not so stretchy. Or can you tie a knot in the strap to make the strap shorter? If you make this bag, it doesn't stretch too much and makes for a great grocery or tote bag.

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