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« on: February 01, 2010 02:07:25 PM »

I had an Air mattress that the Children jumped on and sung a leak along a seam & patches didn't work. I just couldn't bring myself the throw it out. Then this challenge came along and so did inspiration.
After separating the top from the bottom, by cutting the baffles. I used the bottom because the top has a fake velvet & I just didn't want that look for this project. I first I cut a front panel & back panel. I didn't want any seams at the bottom corners, because I worried that the weight would pull too much and rip the bag from the heavy loads that I intend to put in it. So I made one continues strip for the sides and bottom. I made the width of the bag big enough to hold 6 two liters, & the height is 1 1/2 times that. I used the baffle plastic to reinforce were the handles are sewn to the bag. and hemmed the top to help protect the seams.  It reminds me of a swimming pool and the silly side of me would like to fill it with water. But is works great and cuts down on the trips back and forth from the car to the house. And is excellent for refrigerated goods. Which is why I chose not to line it.
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Air Mattress before cut up

inside view of air mattress baffles

Inside of bag were handle is sewn with baffle plastic reinforcement

outside were handle is sewn to bag
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010 02:53:24 PM »

Craftsters are the way of the future! What a great use of a ruined and expensive item. I bet this is durable. I just love that items are reconstructed for a new use and kept out of the landfill. Very cool bags.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010 02:57:06 PM »

I love this idea! We're about to buy our first real bed (three years of sleeping on a constantly deflating air matress has SUCKED!) and now I know what to do with that  #$#$T^* air mattress!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010 03:25:02 PM »

I solemnly swear that I will never throw out another busted air mattress again.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010 04:13:10 PM »

an air mattress! Perfect! I have one downstairs right now with a hole in it!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010 05:16:10 PM »

Brilliant reuse!  I don't know that I've ever seen an upcycled air mattress, but now I hope I see more.
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010 10:33:51 PM »

One excellent idea you have there.  Brilliant  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010 02:02:06 AM »

This is a great use for an old bed, I love it!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010 10:21:54 AM »

AWESOME!! Those mattresses are ridiculously huge for the trash, aren't they? And, like everyone else, I have one too! ...Did you use a regular needle on the machine?
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010 02:44:25 PM »

Here are a few more uses for a dead air mattress.
As a mattress protector under sheets for young children who still have night time accidents. ad a heavy duty drop cloth. As A tarp under tents or over the wood pile or to protect the furniture out doors. As a tent for young kids in the back yard.  Put it in your trunk so if you have to lay on the ground and look under your car you wont get dirty.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2010 10:01:12 AM »

I have used dead air mattresses for everything you suggested EXCEPT a shopping bag. That is killer clever!
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2010 11:35:12 AM »

Recycling at it's best !!
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2010 05:10:33 PM »

You can also put then on the back seat to transport dogs or put small holes for the seat belt and put the child seat in and it will protect your seat. I am defiantly using some of this bag to line a make up bag I am currently making.
I have been using the bag since I made it and it is sturdy, I was worried at first the the seams might rip. I haven't had any pulling at all. I might also make an apron for doing dishes and washing the dog, and car.
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2010 11:59:45 AM »

Here you can see that the Air mattress makes a nice lining for a make up bag protecting everything from the accidental cover up or other spills.
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2010 11:34:18 PM »

What a great idea, i have a few of these out in the camper i think.  thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2010 09:58:10 AM »

Omg... I might <3 you.
You have no idea how happy seeing this just made me.
I have been trying to figure out what to use to make some hot/cold shopping bags, and guess what I have 2 of sitting in the closet as I type? (cuz kids are awesome like that)
EUREKA!!!
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2010 01:19:59 PM »

Awesome way to reuse!!
Great work Cheesy
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