Reuse Plastic Bags To Applique Fabrics

Reuse Plastic Bags To Applique Fabrics

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 30, 2010

Although we do our best to reduce our plastic bag consumption, there are those times when you find yourself without a reusable bag at hand. Although you can recycle them, why not put those rogue plastic bags to work appliqueing the assorted fabrics and textiles around your home?

Lindsey over at Filth Wizardry is always coming up with fabulous new ways to repurpose items and make the most of the materials that come into her home. She's been playing around with the idea of fusing cut pieces of plastic to fabric with a hot iron.

Testing her work on a few of her children's clothing that has permanent stains to them, she has finally mastered the technique. The process leaves the fabric soft, unlike print-at-home iron on transfers. All that's required is a plastic bag, scissors and a little imagination. Lindsey has used all sorts of bags and we urge you to go take a look at her handiwork and pick up a few tips and tricks she learned along the way — like how to punch out plastic shapes with the help from some parchment paper.

You can see her original post containing all sorts of photos and ideas (Lego Land and Disney Store bags get the treatment) and her follow up post with a more intricate design for extra inspiration. We love the idea and think it could be a super inexpensive (if any cost at all) way to adorn the bottom of your curtains, the edge of a dog bed, pillows, even fabric panels to hang on your wall for decoration, the sky is really the limit!

Thanks Lindsey!

Via: Filth Wizardry

(Images: Filth Wizardry)

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