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Lilletia
« on: July 03, 2014 09:57:46 AM »


I've had a vast collection of supermarket plastic bags for a while.  They sit there in my kitchen, in a large bag.
The shame is, I always plan to use them again for grocery shopping, but never seem to have any on me when I'm at the store.  Every now and then I find some use for a few, mostly project organising or carrying something I don't want to get wet or leak, but never in any great quantity.

So I started searching online, because I thought that there must be something I can craft with them.  I found some great tutorials, from fusing them into fabric or beads, to weaving them into baskets and bags.

I decided to take 100 of my bags and weave them into a mat for the bathroom, and here's the result:

It's hard to tell how big or small it is from the photo, but I estimate it being 75cm/30inch diameter.

Hopefully, I shall never again look despairingly over at the bag of plastic bags and wonder when I am going to manage to reuse them at the store. 
I can't wait to try fusing them into fabric to sew with Smiley
Maybe I should make a strong, carry-everywhere bag for my groceries to keep in my handbag.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014 06:06:23 PM »

What a cool idea! I've crocheted with plastic bags before and sworn never again - didn't even think of weaving them!
Is this slippery on the floor at all or does it stay put?
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014 06:54:22 PM »

What a great way to upcycle plastic bags!
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014 10:59:41 PM »

What a cool idea! I've crocheted with plastic bags before and sworn never again - didn't even think of weaving them!
Is this slippery on the floor at all or does it stay put?

I am thinking of trying to knit with some of the plastic bags, maybe next time I see a knitting pattern or technique I can't wait to try.

Anyway, I'm not having a problem with it slipping; but if that was an issue, I'd find a non-slip backing to glue to the bottom of the mat.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2014 08:43:05 AM »

Glad that you're using them up! an excellent use of plastic bags!
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2014 08:47:22 AM »

How does it feel under foot? I've read tutorials for making plarn (plastic yarn) from bags but I haven't tried it yet.


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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014 10:07:44 AM »

Neat idea!  What did you use for the base?  It looks sponge-y.

I looked up plastic bag crafts after I read your post.  Wow! There's some awesome ideas "out there." 
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014 07:36:53 PM »

Oh wow, this is great! 
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014 09:56:28 AM »

How does it feel under foot?

It feels quite nice, quite soft.  A lot of the bags I used had been well-scrunched, and I didn't use any that were very durable.  I could've made it firmer by more tightly rolling and weaving the bags.

Neat idea!  What did you use for the base?  It looks sponge-y.

I looked up plastic bag crafts after I read your post.  Wow! There's some awesome ideas "out there." 

There's no base to it, just plastic bags (and sticky tape), which makes it reversible, too Smiley
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