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
- 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.