I take reusable bags with me when I shop, so why does that pile of plastic bags behind my kitchen trash continue to grow? I’m convinced that they are like rabbits and breed incessantly. I am my mother’s daughter when it comes to throwing things that still have use in them into the garbage. (Yes, I suppose I could recycle them). So I recently did some research on reusing bags and came up with a fun project. I found a great video that gave instructions on fusing plastic bags into a fabric like material: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPP2FYHiyc . Using one of my cloth grocery bags as a template, I made a pattern out of newspaper and sewed my plastic fabric into a new bag. It has the look and feel of leather! I get asked how I made it almost every time I shop.
I’ve been using the bag frequently for a few months now and it is holding up well. If you search http://www.youtube.com there are many ideas for projects using the fused plastic.