Right, melting plastic bags. Or Polyfusion.
Well that's what i call it anyway. I'm not sure if that's the actual name for it. I can't remember where or when I first came across this, but I am a big fan of it. Basically Polyfusion in this case means to fuse layers of plastic bags together with heat to create a new stronger plastic that you can cut, sew and shape to create a range of very cool things.
What you'll need:
Plastic bags (thin, regular flimsy ones work best)
Parchment paper or freezer paper
Iron (and your favorite ironing surface)
Scissors1.Flatten out the bag and trim the bottom seam and handles off. This allows the bag to be opened up into a larger rectangle of plastic. 2. Turn the bag inside-out if it has printing on it. (Once the ink heats up, it comes off the bag and makes a huge mess). TIP - If the bag has an interesting design that you'd like to keep, try using a clear plastic bag layered on top of the printed one. 3. I find that between 6-8 layers of plastic gives the best results. So, you can use three or more bags layered on top of one another. Trying to fuse less than 6 layers often results in little holes forming in the finished piece and a generally weaker material. 4. Then, sandwich your plastic bags between the parchment paper. Next, run a hot iron (you may need to experiment on the heat but I find a medium to high the best) and keep the iron moving constantly. Make sure to get the edges, and after about 15 seconds, flip it over and iron the opposite side for a few seconds. Peel a corner of the paper back to see if the plastic is fused together. It should be fairly smooth and "one sheet" to the touch (watch out, its a little hot). If the layers are not all melted together, iron it some more. Peel the parchment paper away from the finished plastic sheet. Now, you can use this new material to make so many things. I've made a simple washbag in the tutorial , but you could make shoping bags or wallets. I will make some more things out of plastic bags using this method so keep an eye out.
Also, if you have any great ideas you want to share or want me to have a go at, let me know! x