Too Cute Tuesday: Crazy Stuff With Plastic Bags

There's all these warnings about playing with plastic bags but we're getting wild here on Too Cute Tuesday and playing with them.

Tct-plasticbags3 I was talking to Sam about what we could make and she said something to the effect of "Well, we've got a lot of plastic bags." When life hands you lemons, right?

Did you know with six plastic bags, parchment paper, and an iron, you can turn your extra bags into a nice waterproof-y fabric that you can do all kinds of crazy stuff with. We're not rocket scientists but tonight, it's all about fusion…well, that and enchiladas.

Materials:
Plastic bags (the thinner crappy kind works best)
Parchment or regular paper
Scissors
Iron

Cocktail of the Day: Kahlua!

Tct-plasticbags2 1. Cut the bottoms and handles off your plastic bags.About six bags gives a good amount of coverage.

2. Pour yourself some homemade kahlua. Ahhh.

3. Preheat your iron on the "rayon" setting. In case you don't iron your rayon articles of clothing regularly, that's just a really low setting.

4. Put the bags between sheets of regular or parchment paper. Iron. Yes, it'll smell like it's melting because it is. (Sarah says it smells like an autoclave, you know, if that means anything to you.)This process is called fusion when you do it on purpose. Warning: Be sure if you have small animals you keep them away from hot items as they seem to be naturally drawn to them.

5.Be patient, the ironing process on low is a little slow.

6. After you have your plastic fabric, you can do lots of different things. The Too Cute Tuesday folks sure diversified:

Nicole made a little pouch for her digital camera by sewing up two sides of the fabric.

Sam made a small purse and incorporated a heart design from one of the bags.

Sarah cut strips and weaved the strips into a bag.

Recycling is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

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Nicole Ouellette
Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she's not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

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