Makeup purse

This cute little make-up purse is made from 4 layers of clear plastic bags fused together with the iron on low heat. I scattered snippets of newspaper in between the layers for colour and pattern, which has made the texture a bit bumpy, but it seems quite sturdy, so we shall see how long it lasts.

  • littleguids 7y

    Right. I've seen enough of these works of art! TIme to have a go at it myself :) SO where do I start? Any good instructions you can refer me to??
  • Sew wot! 7y

    Good on you Bron! I hope I can explain.
    Cut off the handles and bottom seam of approx 6 plastic bags and flatten out. Lay one bag on top of a piece of baking paper (Gladbake) scatter small bits of paper or thread on the bottom half, fold the top of the bag over the bits of paper or thread, (you should now have 4 layers of plastic) cover with another piece of Gladbake and press with your iron on low heat until the piece has fused together. It shrinks to about a third of the original size. Repeat with the rest of the bags until you get a decent amount to join up by simply overlapping the edges and ironing together to make one big piece. If the edges are a bit thin or wonky, just fold them over and press. Different plastic bags give different results, so you might have to experiment with different layers. For this little project, I used the long thin opaque bags the newspapers are wrapped in. The bonus of working with plastic is if you make a mistake, or a hole appears, just iron more on (or ditch it, no harm done).
    Well, that all sounds a bit garbled, but best I can do at this time of night. Good luck and happy ironing.
  • Snoosan 7y

    Incredible! Looks like you're on a roll again Jdf.
  • Mary Anne Enriquez 7y

    FABULOS. And you description is so great too. Thank you.

    I got at least a hundred bright blue newspaper bags I've saved.
    I will have to try this.
  • D B 6y

    Ma'am, you are an inspiration. I have a brand new blog that co-incidentally shares the same URL name as your photo stream and when I googled it, you showed up!
    I am definitely going to try recycling my plastic bags in this manner and hope I am even half as successful as you are in doing so.

    If you'd like to take a gander at my work, its
    I've only just started!
  • Mary Anne Enriquez 6y

    You need to submit this awesome creation to the fused plastic bags group on Flickr!
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