Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fused Plastic

One of the best types of recycling is when trash is converted to something usable.
A perfect example: fused plastic.
Yes, you can take those grocery sacks and cut them into strips and knit or crochet them into bags, but you can also melt them into your own "fabric" and sew them into shapes.

My favorite video tutorial is from Make Magazine, and the pattern for the messenger bag is amazing

Etsy Labs has a tutorial you can read, or they offer a video also.

Katie Crafts has a tutorial for a fused plastic messenger bag made from produce sacks
Dabbled's tutorial

Dollarstore Crafts made a fused plastic backpack

My absolute favorite twist on fused plastic, is the quilted bag by Craftastica

Fun bag by Betz White

Really creative ideas for plastic fusion (using scraps, weaving strips, adding text,layering)
Video one
Video two

Timbuk2 bag--how to make an embellished panel video

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Blogger Heather - - said...

I love the Make Magazine tute, too. Thanks for linking to me, and I forgot about that patchwork bag - so amazing!!

August 2, 2009 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Indigo Blue said...

Not sure that we have produce bags like those in the UK? Will have to try a smaller independant fruit and veg shop maybe.

August 2, 2009 at 4:13 AM  
Anonymous Katie Crafts said...


The best advice I can offer anyone trying to fuse plastic is-- match the recycling codes on the bags. They will fuse to themselves better than to other codes. Cheers and have a great time!

August 2, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous pleasures said...

This is so original. I never thought that bags will become little pleasures, just like shoes, and soon be bought by everyone.

August 11, 2009 at 8:58 AM  

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