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sac2 (sac squared)

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Jessica Hallam
sac2 (sac squared)

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Make-it-Yourself

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Bags & Clothing

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Carrier Bags

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A fashion statement made from ironed, branded plastic shopping bags (River Island, House of Fraser, Gap, Harrods, Ron Jon Surf Shop). Taking bags that would usually be thrown away and producing a desirable, durable and funky bag.

Materials & Equipment List

Collection of plastic bags (River Island, House of Fraser, Gap, Harrods, Ron Jon Surf Shop)Material for the liningZip (approx 40cm long)Sewing machinePinsScissorsNeedlesThreadSelotapeCutting mat

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Collect as many bags as you can with various colours and designs (The thicker bags work best not flimsy ones like Tesco bags). Cut them to the desired shape. There needs to be two layers of plastic so they can fuse together when ironed.
Put either greaseproof paper or scrap paper underneath and on top of the plastic bag to protect it from the iron. Remove the paper as it is cooling not once it is cool.
Iron on a very low temperature until both pieces of plastic are fused together. Make sure you don
Lay out the bags how you want them. They need to overlap so they can be attached together. Measure the whole thing as it should be 45cmx82cm. Then pin it all together.
Make slits (craft knife) or holes (hole-punch) for the plaits/ribbon to go through. Be careful using a craft knife and place a cutting mat under the bags or a bit of cardboard so you don't damage the surface you are working on.
The flimsy bags are best for the plaits as they are easier to manipulate. Cut the bags into long strips, then tape one end to a table and plait.
Tie everything off securely at the back as neatly as possible. You can also use ribbon, cotton or anything else you can get your hands on.
Use any spare material to line the bag. E.g. old curtains. Pin the lining to the plastic bags ready for sewing either by hand or using a sewing machine.
For neat edges fold over 1cm of the top on both sides and sew together. Then sew along both sides leaving the bottom. Tie off all the cotton. Be careful when stitching over bulky plaits. Some sewing machines wont do it very well.
Turn the bag on its side so the bottom edge lines up with the side seam. Stitch across the corner about 3cm in. Do this on both sides.
For the strap sew strips of plastic bag together length ways and then plait. Again use flimsy bags. use about 4 strips so you get quite a long plait.
Once you have three plaits, then knot the three together and plait them so you have a 9 strand plait.
Sew the strap about an inch from the top of the bag. Sew it to the seam so it cannot be seen.
Sew the zip in the top using the line of stitches from when you folded the top over. You can then make a pom-pom and attach it to the zip as a added feature if you would like.
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Jessica Hallam

Nottingham

United Kingdom

A BA Product Design Student @ NTU...

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