The Bag Bag

comments (7) July 29th, 2008 in gallery     

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The Bag Bag
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The Bag Bag

The Bag Bag

After seeing photos of the destruction caused by plastic bags, I decided we needed to do something with them once we brought them home to keep them from becoming destructive. I chose to enter the Eco-Chic bag category and I used the plastic bags collected from the local stores and wove them into a great tote. The piping is filled with plastic bags and the handles are also filled with plastic bags to make them soft. The rest of the bag is made from scraps that I had in my stash.

The Bag Bag goes along on shopping trips to avoid collecting more plastic bags. This is a great way to upcycle and reuse plastic bags so that the problems they cause can be reduced. I think I should win because if more people made totes like these and used them, the number of plastic bags in our landfills and oceans would be greatly reduced.

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Comments (7)

SewinUpAStorm writes: In order to make this bag I cut the bags in half from the center of the bag through the handle. This kept the bags the same size. I opened one of the bags up along the sides and placed it on a piece of poster board. This was the lining of the plastic so that items would not poke through the weaving. I wove the bags together by placing the set of rows on poster board and holding it to the board with binder clips. As I wove the strips crosswise, I held them in place with binder clips. After I finished weaving the pieces together, I attached them to the lining piece by sewing around the edges. I then used the woven bags as a piece of fabric and sewed up the rest of the bag.
Posted: 11:21 am on April 1st
OneCraftyMomma writes: What a great bag! Can you post a tutorial on how to do it? I'm relatively new to the sewing world and still need a bit of help. Thanks!
Posted: 11:35 am on February 1st
gardenpartynyc writes: really like this.

did you weave the material? were the bags fused?

tell me more!!!


Posted: 5:45 pm on January 19th
ChildfreeTrophyWife writes: So glad to see a bag made out of plastic bags that doesn't require you to crochet them. I've been wanting to make a few but do not know how to knit or crochet and that's all I see out there made with plastic bags. Did you cut the bags into strips or just used whole bags? How did you weave them - stuck down on a board first? Was it difficult to sew the fabric to the plastic bags? Any more detailed info on construction would be wonderful for us non-crocheters.
Posted: 7:15 pm on August 27th
SewinUpAStorm writes: I'm so glad that you like this. My next project will be a dress using the bags for the bodice. My daughter wants to wear it for Earth Day next April. I found a great eco-friendly cotton fabric that has eco-friendly sayings on it that I will use for the skirt.
Posted: 2:13 pm on August 5th
NotYetTheDodo writes: This is great - I like how you've both used the plastic bags and also the farbic, zipper and all... highly original - and cool!
Posted: 8:40 am on August 4th
funkate writes: Wow, this is awesome! I have so many of these shopping bags I don't know what to do with all of them. I use them for my bathroom garbage cans, but they still end up in the garbage anyway. I am SO copying this!
Posted: 11:38 am on July 30th
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