Tuesday, 6 August 2013

... and a Fused Plastic Bag Pencil Case

I always try to use my Bag-for-Life, but despite my best efforts I always seem to accumulate lots of plastic bags, so fusing them to make something new seemed like a good idea!! I found  this great tutorial by A Fanciful Twist  and tried it out for myself to make a Pencil Case!
Materials
  • Plastic Bags
  • Iron
  • Baking/Parchment Paper
  • Sewing Materials
  • Velcro (optional) 
Start by cutting the top and bottom off each carrier bag, so that you can lay it flat and cut up the sides. Lay these onto a bottom piece of baking parchment and smooth them as flat as possible. I used eight layers of plastic (4 whole bags) but you can experiment with different levels of thickness.
Place a second piece of baking paper on top (making sure that all the plastic is covered) and start ironing. I used the hottest setting on my iron and kept turning the whole thing over to make sure that the layers fused together evenly. Be warned that the plastic will shrink quite a lot!
This will leave you with a sheet of plastic 'fabric' and you can play around with different patterns, colours and shapes.
I decided that I liked the sheet I'd made by layering white and orange carrier bags, so trimmed this to size to give a front and back for my pencil case. The back was longer so that this could be folded over. I left the wavy bit at the top as I liked the effect!
I machine sewed the bottom and up each side, using a zig zag stich (I would recommend using a slightly longer stitch and not pinning it, as unlike fabric the holes will stay!) The fastening was made using two pieces of velcro and I decorated with butterflies punched out from the green fused plastic.
I'm really glad I tried this new technique of fusing plastic bags and am going to experiment with the thicker plastic bags next. Any suggestions on what else to make from this plastic fabric?!

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19th August 2013: Update - this post was featured here at Love 2 Upcycle

21st August 2013: Update - this post was featured here at A Life in Balance
 
24th August 2013: Update - this post was chosen as the #1 project here by The CSI Project
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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips. This is great way to use these bags that end up being filled with garbage and in the landfill.

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    1. Thanks, I agree it's always good to try and find another use for things 😊

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  2. Too cute and perfect timing for back to school. Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/08/upcycled-linky-party-20.html.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, always enjoy visiting your great linky party!

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    1. Thanks, I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out!!

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  4. very clever and good clear instructions

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    1. Thanks Heather, I'm glad you liked it!

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  5. What a great idea! I would love for you to share it on the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop going on now!
    http://www.thecasualcraftlete.com/2013/08/11/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-35/

    Thanks!
    Katie @thecasualcraftlete.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite Katie, we would love to share on your Blog Hop! x

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  6. A fantastic looking pencil case, and very eco-friendly too.

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  7. Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)
    http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks & welcome Allie! Your blog is fab! x

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  8. Fantastic idea. I once made a brooch using the same method.

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    1. Thanks Anita, that's a great idea to make a brooch with it! x

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  9. I would have never thought of using plastic bags like this. What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I really enjoyed trying something new! x

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  10. What a cute idea to do instead of a regular ol' pencil box! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Ruth, it certainly is something different! x

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  11. You are so cool!! What an awesome idea can't wait to show my daughter this! :) Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Hope your daughter likes it too :) x

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  12. I am doing these for my school wearable arts competition. I'm glad I have found another item instead of clothing that I can make out of the ironed sheets. I was thinking maybe a patchwork pencil case would be cool too.

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    1. Good luck with your competition, we'd love to hear how you get on! A patchwork pencil case does sound cool :) x

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