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huge messenger bag made 100% eco friendly from used plastic bags
this whole project is made from this video

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  • How to make a recycled tote. Fused Plastic Messenger Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    get yourself some trash bags or plastic bags , whatever you might have or like best.

    PLEASE NOTE: european plastic bags are different to american or british ones. the ones i used had a much thicker texture then these thin ones you have over in the US.
    i figured a 4 layer plastic bag is best
    but in an american description says its best to use 8 layers

  • How to make a recycled tote. Fused Plastic Messenger Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    now, you lay down the plastic between 2 sheets of the baking paper or the wax paper . lay it down flat and just iron over it.
    try to set the iron not too hot, so it doesnt burn,wrinkle or does other funny stuff. you WILL mess up a lot but once you figred out the temperature its easy.

  • How to make a recycled tote. Fused Plastic Messenger Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    now you should have several rather slender pieces of thick plastic that you can bend and use like fabric.
    so off to the sewing machine.sew the stripes of plastic togeter and get yourself a pattern, i used this one
    if you re not the math talent like me ,its not easy to figure out the measurements, but a little time will do well :D

  • How to make a recycled tote. Fused Plastic Messenger Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    now, all you need is straps,buckles, and velcro closures, these are expensive in stores, but go out and search for old car seatbeltbuckles and seatbelts. an old backpack might give you its guts , i mean velcros , closures buckles, whatever you migth like.

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Aconitum · Wallington, England, GB · 9 projects
I'm inspired!! Have added to my (long) list of things to create with my junk! thx for sharing
Haruka xz
Haruka xz · Puebla, Puebla, MX · 16 projects
i love it!
edie d.
edie d. · New York, New York, US · 41 projects
Great tutorial, gonna give it a go! Love being eco and still looking so chic. Thanks!
Lucia · San Luis Obispo, California, US · 6 projects
Thanks so much for posting this! I've seen a bunch of this kinda of plastic-fusing but never any how-tos! THANK YOUUUU!

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