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gekkogirl
« on: October 17, 2009 04:19:24 AM »

So I suspect I may be super late to this craft idea but thanks to a genius post on Threadbanger I found out you can fuse plain shopping bags into a thicker plastic which can actually be sewn or crafted.

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I made some gift bags for christmas (start early, stress less- right? RIGHT?) and some sheets to use for wrapping odd bits. It was super fun but I did melt some bits too much and some too little. I like how they came out because they have a texture very much like paper and they look a bit like it too but are good for the planet and could be reused by the peeps I give them too.

Hopefully this inspires you!
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009 12:42:06 AM »

Great job!  These are on my to-try list.  Did you paint them, or are the decorative parts other pieces of plastic fused in?
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gekkogirl
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009 08:55:43 AM »

The decorative parts are just bits of other coloured bags- a bit of warning- coloured, inked bits have a much lower melting temperature than the normal bags and so want to stick to your paper as you're fusing. either overlay with a clear bag to prevent this or put them upside down. the colours will still come through. thanks for your comment and have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009 12:53:44 AM »

Maybe they were last year's trend but it's still fun and you did a great job of it!  Cheesy  I've been working on a few of these myself but I need more bags to get my brainchild going.
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