Spotted: Make a Fused Plastic Bag Placemat

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Fused Plastic Bag Placemat

When Tiffany Threadgould contacted me about her super cute fused plastic bag placemat tutorial, I knew it was too adorable not to share with you guys!

No matter how hard you try, do you feel like those single-use plastic grocery bags always find their way into your house? Whether a well-meaning friend brings snacks over in one or in a rush to get to the store you totally space and forget to bring a reusable bags, you probably have a little stash of these bags that you felt too guilty to throw away.

Why not just recycle plastic bags?

Plastic recycling is very inefficient.

Any time you recycle plastic, you end up with a lower quality plastic than what you started with. That’s why folks often refer to plastic recycling as downcycling. Reusing that plastic is much more efficient than tossing it in the recycle bin.

When you’re making fused plastic fabric, it’s important to work in a well-ventilated area, either near an open window or even outside, if you can. It may not smell strongly, but when you heat plastic, it does cause off-gassing, and some of those chemicals are not healthy for your body.

Make a Fused Plastic Bag Placemat

All you need to make your own fused plastic bag placemat are:

  • 3 plastic grocery bags
  • 2 pieces of kraft or parchment paper
  • scissors
  • an iron
  • a ruler

Ready to fuse some plastic? Check out Tiffany’s video tutorial!

If you dug Tiffany’s tutorial and are going to be in New York at the end of this month, you can meet her in person at World Maker Faire! She’ll be teaching folks how to make upcycled pinwheels. So fun!

Images via RePlayGround

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