This fabric you can create is extremely versatile, being relatively strong (dependent on the # of plastic layers you fuse) and weather resistant. You can take a sewing machine to it with no problem and we have even been contemplating making a full blow rain coat! So in the true spirit of how we learned, here are the how tos to make this fantastically versatile homemade fabric...
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="483" caption="here is a sweet 100% recycled envelope we created with this lovely fabric!"][/caption]
tutorial after the jump...
Step 1: gather supplies
No need to start planning a big store run, as you can find most of the need supplies around the house. All you will need are a bunch of plastic shopping bags, an iron and ironing board, and two large sheets of butcher paper/wax paper/freezer paper.
Step 2: prep the plastic
Next you need to prep the plastic bags by laying them out neatly and cutting off the handles and the very bottom. This should give you a tube shape of plastic to work with. Repeat process until you have 3 to 4 bags prepared.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="336" caption="lay bag flat..."][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="336" caption="...and cut!"][/caption]
Step 3: fuse the plastic
After you have 3 to 4 bags prepared, set 1 sheet of the butcher paper (or other option chosen) on you ironing board. Next place the plastic bags stacked flat on the paper and then place the 2nd sheet of paper on top of the plastic (making a sandwich!).
Then, on high heat, iron the paper with the plastic inside for about 6 mins on each side (for best results flip sides and separate plastic from paper every 3 mins, 4 times total). Once done peel back the paper and viola! You have a sweet new piece of fabric to craft with! The fabric should be wrinkly but free of air bubbles. It will retain the heat of the iron for a min or two so beware!
Helpful Hint: Let the paper and plastic cool before separating each and every time. This will keep the paper from sticking to the plastic.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="384" caption="finished product!! (top piece is done with a thick clear plastic bag like you get at a little boutique!!)"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="384" caption="as you can see it is a thicker stiffer material when finished..."][/caption]
Show us your fused plastic creations! Send us pictures and we'll post them!