So, I started keeping my chip bags to use to make a bigger, reusable shopping bag. Here's the result:
What do you need?
* 16 (or more) chip bags...You don't have to use single serving chip bags...If you are using big bags, you would (of course) need fewer!
* Something for the bottom of the bag. If you have enough chip bags, you could just use those. I used TYVEK (strong grey plastic used for shipping weird shaped stuff) that was wrapped around something that was delivered to our house
* Duct Tape - whatever color you want to use or can find. I used red, made in the USA duct tape purchased from my local Ace Hardware store.
* Measuring instrument...I used my rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. It worked awesome!
How do you do it?
1) Cut the fronts off of the chip bags, and clean the grease off with soap and water. Allow to dry completely. Try to keep approximately the same border around the front graphics...this will just make your life easier in the following steps. If one of them tears down the middle -- just throw it away...it will cause more havoc than it is really worth.
2) Cut the chip bag fronts so that they are all the same size; Mine measured 5" wide by 7 1/4" long. This isn't as exact as quilting, so you can fudge a little, but the closer they are to the same size the better.
|This is what the wrong side of the bag front/back should look like when completed.|
6) Trim any excess tape and measure to make sure the front/back measurement is approximately the same and narrow side measurements are also approximately the same.
7) Cut duct tape 15" long and then divide into four equal pieces (the long way) so that you have 4-15" pieces that are around 1/2" wide. Use the pieces to cover the right-side the seams.
9) Join the wrong side seams to the bottom so that a "+" is made.
|Ignore the odd piece of red duct tape underneath the left side of the picture...just forgot to remove it before snapping the picture.|
|I know it is a strange picture, but I am trying to show you how the finished corner should look on the inside of the bag.|
13) Add the cashier loop: Roll a 5" piece of duct tape the long way and make into a 'U' shape. Tape to the inside of the bag in the middle, back side of the bag.
I thought pretzel M&M bags would be cute, but I sure don't need to eat that many bags of those things!
I will be adding a post with links to online bag patterns later on today in case you are interested.
What do you think of this project? What are you working on to further your creativity?
Hope you are having a wonderful day, and take care of you.