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Recycled Bag Bag

Contest Photo by: marycwhite1
Austin, TX
Category: Functional


After being given an art assignment at school to make "Trash Art", my daughter came up with the idea to use plastic grocery bags to make a carrying bag. She googled how to reuse plastic bags and found a way to fuse them together. She came up with a four sided, plus bottom, bag with shoestrings as the handles.


Plastic grocery Bags - 6 to 8 for each side (panel)
Parchment Paper or Newspaper
Sewing Machine & thread

How to Make

  • Flatten the bags and cut off the handles and bottom of each bag. This lets you expand the bag to a larger size.

  • Turn the bags inside out if they have printing on them. Then Layer them on top of each other so there are 6 to 8 layers of plastic. Put the bags between the newspaper or parchment paper.

  • Run a hot iron over them, keeping the iron moving the whole time. Don't forget to get the edges or they will peel open. Do this for about 15 seconds per side. Check to see if the plastic is fused together. if not iron it some more.

  • Cut to the size you want and sew the sides together then punch 2 holes on two opposite sides then put the shoe string through the holes an your finished !

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