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Topic: Raggamuffin Elephant Purse Made of Fused Plastic Bags & Lace  (Read 1166 times)
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« on: March 27, 2012 02:06:36 AM »

I found this plastic bag with these beautiful elephants, and I knew I had to do something with it (I'm a slight garbage hoarder). So I got out some of my random plastic bags, fused them between parchment paper, and sewed the pieces together like Frankenstein skin with the zig-zag stitch. This is my first time doing the plastic fusing thing. I'm pretty happy with how it came out! Best part is free purse for me, and I am one cheap lady!





It was so fun and free form! I'd like to make more!

The only thing I have left to do is get a button for it. I couldn't find any that I liked for it in my stash, so I'm gonna keep my eye out til I find the perfect one.

Thanks for looking! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012 10:11:11 AM »

So great!   Shocked  Is your technique difficult?  I would so love to try to do this - I love that elephant!  I hoard plastic bags too and use them and use them until they are used up, before I finally toss them.  I would rather use them for something like this!  Does the zigzag stitching together compromise the strength of the plastic bags?  And is the elephant a cover flap for a pocket?  Did you stitch a zipper in the top of the bag?  It's just remarkable, all around.  I like it.  A LOT!   Cool
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012 02:14:34 PM »

So great!   Shocked  Is your technique difficult?  I would so love to try to do this - I love that elephant!  I hoard plastic bags too and use them and use them until they are used up, before I finally toss them.  I would rather use them for something like this!  Does the zigzag stitching together compromise the strength of the plastic bags?  And is the elephant a cover flap for a pocket?  Did you stitch a zipper in the top of the bag?  It's just remarkable, all around.  I like it.  A LOT!   Cool

Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it!

The technique was really free-form, and the bag is super basic. I snipped the handles off and folded the bags to about 8 layers of plastic, then ironed them between parchment, then zigzagged all the pieces together into a long rectangle. There was a point where the bag kind of folded naturally, so i sewed on the fold (the outside top of the purse) to make the elephant flap. Then I just sewed up the sides of the bag part and added the strap and things. It's like a big packet with a flap; no zippers or anything like that, but I like the idea. I sewed on some cord to make a button hole, but haven't found the perfect button.  It seems pretty durable, and the "fabric" was really easy to sew on the sewing machine. I think I'm going to use it to carry my phone and camera for festivals and things this summer. Smiley

If you end up making one, I'd love to see it! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012 02:26:21 PM »

Thanks, bunches, emmagypsy!  I'm going to hurry home from work today and try this - I have bags, I have parchment paper and I have a sewing machine!  Whoo-hoo - I'll send you a PM when I'm ready to show you my interpretation of the bag!  I'm not sure I have ANYTHING as awesome as that elephant, however!!   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012 11:56:59 AM »

cool! i want to make a couple more, maybe a bigger one for carrying beach stuff this summer. i hope your's turns out awesome! Wink
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