|I'm thinking better looking bags might be in order. But, this tote is one|
of the many ways to use fused, plastic bags.
"Do you have one zillion plastic drugstore and grocery bags under your sink, or perhaps smushed into a drawer? Ever wanted a cheap and easy use for them? One that leaves you with an intriguing and useful homemade craft supply? Do you have an iron? Why don't you fuse them together?
What you'll need:
- Plastic bags (thin, flimsy ones work best)
- Parchment paper, freezer paper or plain old copier paper
- Iron (and your favorite ironing surface)
Making it:Please do this in a well-ventilated area.
Sandwich your plastic bags between the parchment paper. Next, run a hot iron (we set ours to "rayon," but you will need to experiment a little to see what works for you) and keep the iron moving constantly. Make sure to get the edges, and after about 15 seconds, flip it over and iron the opposite side for a few seconds.
Peel the parchment paper away from the finished plastic sheet. Voila!
Now, you can use this stuff to make a million things. We've made re-usable grocery totes, wallets, and floor cushions; I think its an inexpensive way to make waterproof linings for beach bags and make-up clutches."
There are so many ways to use the fused plastic material. For a look at more creative ideas, click here to view photos on Etsy.
|Photo of fused plastic pillow via Etsy.|
I can stuff the waterproof, fused plastic pillow covers with filler of my choice, sew and cover with great outdoor fabric - a great winter project that will be ready for spring.
You've gotta love The Storque on Etsy's Handmade Blog, With its great 'How To' section and video tutorials, even the most challenged among us can channel our inner artiste!