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« on: April 22, 2005 01:16:39 PM »

I buy black sunflower seed by the 25 pound bag to feed the birds and squirrels in my back yard.  The seed comes in a bag that could best be described as plastic burlap.  It's white plastic woven in a very basic over/under weave, nothing fancy, with a clear plastic coating/layer over the top of that. 

I've been using the empty bags as a big trash bags and then disposing of them, but this being Earth Day and the fact that I've got a new empty bag, it seemed like a good time to ask for other ideas for using the bags.  I go through several (4 - 6) of these a year.

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2005 06:36:02 AM »

I have no idea what the bag actually looks like or how it's made, but the only thing I can think of is trying to unravel the material & hopefully it'll come out in one or two balls, and then you could knit or crochet something out of it, like a bag or a rug or something.  If it doesn't seem like it could come apart, then cut into strips & use the strips to crochet/knit something with it (check out Marlo's Crochet Site for directions on how to cut plastic bags into strips & join them & some crochet patterns for using bags.)
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2005 07:55:40 AM »

Thanks for the reply, adultramblings.  Due to the clear plastic coating, I doubt that this could be unraveled; it will probably have to be used as a whole, as a type of fabric.   

I think I may try making a kind of gardening tool apron with it.   Or perhaps a housecleaning apron, something to keep all the dust cloths and what-nots close at hand.   

Might not get used much though, since there is a federally protected dust bunny habitat behind my couch.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2005 02:51:16 PM »

I just saw some really cool tote bags in a store, made out of the kind of material you describe ( I think).   It would definitely be a good material to use in the garden, or any place grubby...a diaper bag comes to mind (can  you tell I have 3 kids?)...but they looked very groovy as regular totes, too...
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2005 10:13:20 PM »

Decorate it and make it into a garden flag or wind sock.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2005 08:53:09 AM »

I just saw some really cool tote bags in a store, made out of the kind of material you describe ( I think).   It would definitely be a good material to use in the garden, or any place grubby...a diaper bag comes to mind (can  you tell I have 3 kids?)...but they looked very groovy as regular totes, too...

Ooooh! Diaper bag!!  Thanks for the wonderful idea, maja!  There's a baby shower coming up and I'm going to make a diaper bag with changing pad for the mama-to-be and was wondering what to use for a water-proof lining/backing.  You just solved my problem!   Thank you, thank you! Smiley
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