And my DH said, “Don’t you recycle the plastic bags by shoving them in that bin at the grocery store? Do you have to do everything the difficult way!?”
Yeah, but these are cute.
I first saw the idea mentioned somewhere else, with a link to someone who not just fused the bags, but quilted the plastic bags. Cool! (and hers looked neater than mine)
Basic process: cut off the bottom seam and handles. Spread bag flat. Layer six to eight layers thick. While outside, iron on medium/rayon setting until fused. Turn over, and iron back. (It will become clearer as you try it. DO NOT do this inside; several sites warned about toxic fumes if you overheat the plastic, so you want good ventilation.)
I’d been wanting to try this for a while; my collection of various colors of bags has been accumulating for several months. (The pink and yellow bags from the charity collections were helpful, since I usually take my donations straight to the thrift store. They were also great for letters for the personalizations.) I even had some cool Barnes and Noble bags with a tree made out of books. (Warning: ink will melt and make a mess! Either face the ink to the inside, or cover with a clear bag, like a produce bag.)
Taking this one step further (after seeing someone use a Target bag with added blue waves and orange octopus), I decided to personalize the bags with names or “Pick up a book!” (The strategically placed scissors are because Diva’s name is on the bag, and I don’t use my kids’ real names on the blog.)
Yes, I did a little quilting around the edges. I didn’t have any problems with the sewing machine on normal settings. Look for bags with interesting designs, like the packages on the accessory store’s bag, the book tree, etc. You can cut bags so as to avoid printing, or you can just leave the words.
“Kate’s” was done with letters on an otherwise clear produce bag, so they look really good. I kinda like the silly, ransom-note style of the pieced together words, though, too. (Kate’s is going to be part of a birthday present this weekend.)
They’re cute, they were a lot of work, but the personalization was fun, and the kids like them. Not sure I’d do it often, but it was an interesting project.