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Fusing Plastic

I'm behind. 

I've had a self-imposed deadline of the end of summer for many projects and they are not done.  So, I've been trying harder.  The result - finished pieces?

No, the result is sore wrists so I stopped stitching last week and won't be stitching again for a few more days.

So, I've had to find other ways to amuse myself.  I'm machine quilting and I tried fusing plastic bags.  There are many tutorials in books and on the web and I have no shortage of plastic bags so I thought I'd try.

At first the iron was too hot and the result had holes and was distorted and bumpy.  Still, I like the result.

  Ghostly echos of familiar logos show through the fused plastic.

As I adjusted the iron temperature each attempt made better and better "fabric".

I'm thinking of making bags.  Or book covers.

This one was a gigantic clear pillow-case bag with some cut up bread bags inside. 

Interesting results and some interesting "fabric" to play with.

Hopefully I'll be back to stitching soon.


  1. Very interesting. I have never heard of this before. What will you do with the "fabric"

  2. I got the idea from the book "Fabricate" by Susan Wasinger". She makes a shopping tote bag.

    I'll probably make a smaller bag or a zippered project pouch. It takes alot of the fabric to make the tote in the book and I'll be saving interesting bags.

    If you go to Google Images and type in "fused plastic bags" you can see all types of things that different people have made.

    When I've got something made I'll post pictures.


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