These were great fun to make. I asked my quilt group to save plastic bags from the mall type stores over the summer. You know, the nice thick plastic ones, often with good colors?! When the plastic bags were taking up too much room in my studio, I got started.
First I cut the handles off, if they had them, and the seam at the bottom. This left a cylinder of plastic. I turned the printing to the inside so no ink would run – just in case. I stacked them 4-8 deep and ironed them together using a cotton setting with NO steam. Keep the iron moving.
Note: Lay down heavy brown paper on your ironing board to protect it, then put parchment paper on top of the plastic bags so your iron never touches them directly. Nothing came out on my brown paper, but I’m still glad I used it.
These sheets are now perfect to use as fabric! I selected regular fabric for the handles and made sure they matched at the bottom when I seamed the bottoms together. I also was selective in where I placed things – note the “Please reuse or recycle this bag” on the top bag, as well as my favorite red circles (aka Target) on the one below.
I sewed across the corners so the bags would have width at the bottom, and hopefully to take some of the stress off the bottom seam.
I just love them! And my quilt group thought they were pretty neat as well : )