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Plastic Bag Box Top


Plastic Bag Box Top

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

Carrier Bags


A box top with industrial hinge detailing, made entirely out of plastic bags.

Materials & Equipment List

For your Pattern:- Newspaper- Marker Pen- Ruler- Scissors- PinsFor your Material:- White Bin Liners/ Plastic Bags x20 - Pattern Cutting Paper/ Baking Paper (a light, thin type of paper)- IronFor your Fastenings:- Steel Butt Hinges- Thread/Needle-Scissors

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

The MaterialYou will need a minimum of 20 white bin liners.
Flatten out the bags and layer them on top of one another in two rows of five, using ten plastic bags in total.
Grab some light, non stick paper. I used old scraps of pattern cutting paper, baking paper is okay also.
Place the paper over the plastic bags, and iron on top. Ensure the iron is hot enough to bond the plastic together, but avoid pressing for too long as the plastic will melt and tear.
Lift the paper up and you should find that the heat has produced this beautiful, ruffled, leather-like effect. Turn the plastic piece over, place the paper on top and iron the other side, to ensure the plastic has all been fused together.
Repeat, creating two pieces of the material consisting of ten paper bags each.
The Top PatternThe next stage is creating a pattern for the box top. Get a basic tank top and draw around it onto newspaper, then cut it out.*The garment does turn out smaller during construction, so make your top pattern a few sizes larger than normal to ensure it fits properly.
This is what you should have so far... a basic top pattern and a your plastic pieces.
Place your pattern on top of the piece of material, pin it and cut it out. And repeat.
Now you should have two pieces, the front and the back cut out of the material.Select the front, and measure 5cm from the side seams, and cut along both sides.Resulting in the back piece being 5cm wider in width.
Get the front piece, and cut a straight line down the centre.
The next step is to fuse the front pieces to the back with the iron.Fold the side seams and the straps by 1cm, ready to iron together.Remember only to iron the side seams and straps, leaving an opening at the front.
A basic step by step guide of how to neaten the hems and fuse seams together, simply by folding and ironing. (Never iron without the paper on top!)
This is what the seams on the inside of the garment should look like once fused together.
Front of the garment. Once the side seams and straps have been fused together, you should have a piece that looks like this. With an opening at the front.Remember to iron the hems, or trim the edges with scissors to neaten any frays.
Back of the garment.
Now it's time to sew on the fastenings! Grab your industrial pieces, I chose to use Steel Butt Hinges.
I chose to place one hinge at the top of the garment and one at the bottom, to bring together the front flaps of the garment.Get your needle and thread and hand sew the hinges to the material.
The final product! A stylish box top made out of white bin liners, with industrial fastenings.*The garment does turn out smaller during construction, so make your top pattern a few sizes larger than normal to ensure it fits properly.
Final product on model.
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20, Fashion Design Student at NTU NTU Fashion Design, The Waste project, Group 13 Other members include: Polly Geidrojc Emily Roberts Amaris Kaylah...

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