Saturday, 22 October 2011

A FEW OLD BAGS


No I am not referring to my friends, but to these bags we made from old plastic carriers, are'nt they brilliant ?
 We got the technique from Cloth, Paper Scissors magazine and a You Tube video.
TECHNIQUE............

Save lots of interesting coloured plastic bags.
Cut off the tops and bottoms
Slit open one side, so that you have one long flat piece.
Lay a piece of baking paper on top of your ironing board, then lay four pieces of plastic
on top of one another and add a second piece of baking paper on top. Make sure it covers all the plastic otherwise your iron will stick to the bags

With your iron on a dry cotton setting, keep the iron moving over the paper for 10 seconds, the plastic will fuse together.
Fold the piece in half to gauge what size you want your bag and trim it with your scissors to neaten it off.

Lay flat once again and lay  your design on top using cut up pieces of plastic.

Once more sandwich it between the sheets of baking paper and iron it for another 10 seconds to fuse it together.
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Add stitching and embellishments, make 2 straps by fusing plastic as before and attach them to the top and bottom of your piece. 

Fold the bag in half with the design on the inside.
Stitch up the sides.
I ADDED BEADS & A BIT OF VINTAGE CROCHET TO MINE AND HANDSTITCHED IT USING RINNING STITCH AND FRENCH KNOTS
Turn bag inside out and hey presto you have a lovely recycled bag.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy !

You will be hooked on this lovely quick craft.
I am going to have a go at making a book cover, a book mark and whatever else my whizzy brain comes up with.

5 comments:

  1. I had a really good day and thought the chocolates were a good idea for someone on a diet.
    By the way who's the lady on the chair?!

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  2. Some fan of Dottie Angel ....... And as Dottie would say "it was a real peachy day" x

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  3. These are brilliant

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  4. Very effective. Our craft group had a play with this technique recently - it was good fun. x

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  5. I have used my bag every day and its much admired. Perhaps I should go into production !! x

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