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B.O.B (Bag outta bags)


Tim Andrews
B.O.B (Bag outta bags)

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

Carrier Bags


79 Tesco plastic carrier bags, 3 canvas bags and some stitching makes a Bag Outta Bags. Its a sturdy, reliable and slightly desirable rucksack for the person who cant stand using another carrier bag.

Materials & Equipment List

Tesco Plastic Carrier BagsCanvas BagsNeedlesPinsThreadHammer3/4 Inch NailsA PencilScissorsSome Funky Music

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

First you need to get Plaiting, to do this you'll need the above items, a plastic bag, a pencil and a pair of sharp scissors.
Cut off the handles...
And then cut off the bottom.
Then open up the bag and cut diagonally into it stopping a third of the way, then cut along the bag. When you get back to the diagonal cut simply start cutting at a diagonal again to get one long strip of plastic.
Do this another 2 times so you have 3 around 7ft long strips of plastic. You can mix up the colours of the plastic bags as long as they're all the same size.
Tie the strips to a pencil...
And then start plaiting. Just to make sure you know how-just constantly take the outside strands and pull them to the center, do this alternating between each outside strand.
Keep this up whilst pulling tight on the strands to make sure they hold to each other.
Keep going till you've reached the end of the strands and then tie them off. This strong rope should be about 7ft in length. Repeat this using the same coloured bags 14 times. (It will take a very long time but this is where you play the funky music)
Start taking each strand and nailing them to a old piece of board, in this case its 20mm thick MDF. Keep the strands within 1cm of each other and continue until all of them are on the board.
Then you can start weaving other coloured strands into the nailed ones.
Remember at each end of the weave you need to place a nail into the board to wrap the strands around, this helps keep them taught and in place so at the end you get one long piece of fabric.Keep making new strands and weaving them in, do this until you get a long 80cm piece, this will probably take another 8 or 9 strands.
To take a break from plastic, get 3 canvas bags and cut the straps off.
Stitch 3 straps together with a coloured thread similar to the colour of your plastic bags.
Plait those 3 straps together.
And stitch on any extra straps you have on the end.
Back to the plastic. Before you do anything else stitch the ends of the weaved plastic, just go crazy and stitch everything together to make it all stay. Then cut the piece at roughly 60cm.
Take the left over piece and cut that in half long ways. Remember again to stitch any loose ends together so it doesn't unravel itself. The remainder 2 pieces will form the sides of the bag.
Now place the smaller pieces on either side of the big strip, half way. And stitch through the plastic along the edges. Do this until you have a familiar rucksack shape.
Then cut down the extra canvas straps you stitched onto your handles until you have the right length for you. Stitch the ends to the bottom of the bag. And the other end to the top.Also at this point you can start customising the bag to your taste-in this case I lined the inside of the bag with the main part of the canvas bag.
Take one of the left over canvas bags and cut a 15 x 25cm box. Remember to use the existing stitching. Then stitch up the sides. This will be the lid.
Pinch the front corners and then stitch along them to make the lid fall in on itself. Then stitch this along the back of the bag and you're done.
This is your B.O.B. Forget 'bag for life' he'll last you 2 lives.
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14-11-2012 14:27:20
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Tim Andrews


United Kingdom

A budding NTU designer...

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