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    Turn Plastic Sacks Into A Recycled Tote

    Reusable bag? I make my own.

    You know those plastic grocery sacks you keep collection in your kitchen cabinets? Put 'em to use.

    Plastic Textile


    Plastic bags

    Parchment paper


    Rotary cutter

    Cutting mat


    # Preheat iron to approximately 300 °F.

    # Line work surface with parchment paper.

    # Square 4 plastic bags by cutting off handles and bottoms.

    # Unfold bags completely and layer on top of each other.

    *Note: bags with printing must be turned inside-out.

    # Cover bags with parchment paper and begin to iron.

    # Melt bags evenly by moving iron continuously.

    # Flip bags occasionally and check for unfused areas.

    # Repeat to make 5 sheets.



    5 sheets of fused plastic

    Sewing machine

    Heavy thread

    Rotary cutter

    Cutting mat


    # Cut raw edges to square all sheets.

    # Cut a 2-inch square from the bottom corners of two sheets.

    # Cut two vertical 2-inch strips from one sheet.

    # Overlay a sheet without corners and a full sheet.

    # Pin together with a 2-inch seam allowance. Repeat for other sheets.

    # Sew each panel across overlap.

    # Fold and pin 2-inch strips in half.

    # Sew down the middle.

    # Measure across top of panel marking 2-inches on either side of center point.

    # Align strip ends to marked points and sew a square to secure.

    # Align panels and pin together inside-out.

    # Sew sides and bottom, leaving corners raw.

    # Pinch corners and sew across.

    # Turn inside out.

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