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Learn how to turn trash into a functional new bag part 2

Welcome to part 2 of learning how to turn single-use plastic bags into functional and multi-purpose new bags! Part 1 link is here, just for you if you need it.

We are starting out with our newly fused together plastic “fabric” sheet. My sheet turned out to be about 18″x28″ and I’ve decided to make a upcycle the plastic sheet into a water resistant zipper pouch.

Tools and materials you will need for part 2:

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • New plastic “fabric” sheet you made earlier
  • Zipper 7-8″ length
  • Optional: Sewing machine and sewing notions
Steps 1-2: Zipper installation
Steps 3-4

Let’s start making!

  1. Cut your new plastic “fabric” sheet into roughly 7″x8″ rectangles. You’ll need 2 rectangles for each zipper pouch.
  2. Sew on the zipper by laying the zipper right side faced down against right side edge (if you have a preference of which plastic side you desire to be on the outside). Seam allowance is up to you. I like to work with 1/4″ seams for easy calculations. Finish one side of the zipper with top stitching. Repeat for other side of zipper working with the second rectangle. NOTE: if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand stitch the zipper following the same steps.
  3. Looking at your project, you will have a zipper installed between the two rectangles. Fold the project at the zipper closed (leave 1″ gap) and right sides facing each other. Sew or iron together the remainder three sides of the rectangle with each other.
  4. Slide your zipper open all the way and carefully flip the right sides of the pouch outside and tuck your seams into the inside of the pouch. You made it!

We hope to have inspired you to take on the no-plastic challenge and turn on your creative mind to reduce, reuse, and recycle! We believe every little thing we do counts and adds up into a movement.