Upcycled Grocery Bag Backpack

Seeing the Instructables backpack challenge, along with my friend Jessie Uyeda’s grocery bag upcycling video were the inspiration for this project.You could certainly make this backpack Canada Goose Jackets exactly as is, but of course I encourage you to build a bag that works for you. There were some things I’d change if I made it again, and I’ll detail Canada Goose Parka that in this guide.You will need:Approximately 30 used grocery bags. (you could use new, but it defeats the purpose of this project) A clothes iron or heat press (like would be used for heat transfer vinyl or screen print) Parchment paper or silicone mats for your heat press/iron Scissors or rotary cheap Canada Goose cutter and self healing mat A sewing machine (but you may be able to even get away without one details in the instructions!) Some nylon or polyester thread Approximately 3 yards of 1″ nylon webbing 6 1″ D ringsStep Canada Goose Outlet 1: Fusing Grocery Bags Into HDPE SheetsThis is a trick I heard about a while back and saw in practice in Jessie Uyeda’s video, linked here.Most common grocery bags are made of polyethylene, a thermoplastic. What does that mean though? It means that when heated to an appropriate temperature, the plastic materials are malleable, will bond/fuse together and be used to canadian goose jacket form shapes or in a thermoform/vacuform machine. Fused together, you get a sheet of High Density Polyethylene or HDPE.Each sheet I made was comprised of 3 bags (6 layers) I put the bags inside each other to help them keep together and did my best to flatten it out uk canada goose and keep them even.Now I used a heat http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org press. I set the temperature to 275 degrees, and sandwiched between the silicone sheets on it I did 35 seconds on the first side, and 30 seconds on the other side.You don’t need a heat press. Sandwich your bags between some parchment paper and set your iron to the cotton/highest setting and keep it moving over the bags until they are fused into a single, durable, tough sheet of HDPE. This may take some time. Experiment! As long as you keep the canada goose uk outlet iron moving there’s no risk.After your sheets are fused, canada goose clearance you may have some spots around the edges that are thinner or less consistent. We’re going to trim all the edges off to have consistent sheets we can work with. Canada Goose Online I got approximately 10″x10″ sheets out of each bag. The self healing mat and rotary cutter made this easy, but a pair of scissors will certainly work just fine.Now we have our raw materials!Step 3: Build Our Panels for the Bag.For this bag, I’ve made it 2 sheets of HDPE high. Sew together two sheets into a single panel. Fold one over on itself for a nicer looking seam on the outside. I double stitched all my seams for added strengthYou’ll need 3 10″x20″ panels Canada Goose Coats On Sale assembled. Split one in half long ways into 2 5″x20″ panels for the canada goose black friday sale sides of the bag, and reserve a 10″x5″ piece of HDPE for the bottom. Build up some more if you want to add any pockets or other embellishments to the bag.If you don’t have a sewing machine, there’s always hand stitching but canada goose coats on sale there may be another option.Remember that HDPE is a thermoplastic, and that means we can fuse it. Using the edge of your iron, a careful and consistent application of heat to each seam should fuse them all together into what would effectively be one sheet. Remember, these bags were destined for the trash, and even fused together can still be recycled if it doesn’t work. Experimentation is half the fun!Another trick to keep in mind when we begin to use nylon webbing in the next steps is to melt the ends. Carefully canada goose clearance sale (and if you aren’t one, under the supervision of an adult) use a lighter or candle to singe the ends so they don’t fray or unravel. Do this as buy canada goose jacket cheap quickly as you can when you cut it. It doesn’t take much for it to start to pull and fray.Now we’re going to finally see our bag come canada goose factory sale together.I’ve made a few bags now of varying shapes and sizes and the biggest lesson I learned from Canada Goose online this is it’s much easier to work with a canada goose uk black friday flat piece of fabric than one that’s assembled and sewn. Like many other “maker” disciplines, it’s important to consider your order of operations to assemble the bag. My photos don’t necessarily show this because this was a learning experience for me.Using the drawing shown here in this step, sew your panels into a large flat panel resembling this. Notice where I showed the seams as we have our 5 panels for the bag side, back, side, front and bottom. Decide now which side will be the inside of the bag and sew/bond your material accordingly. Do all of your stitching on the “inside” side of the bag if you don’t want any visible stitching on the outside. You can attempt to carefully fuse the panels together with the edge of your iron. As long as you get good layer bonding, this will be as strong or maybe even stronger than sewing. the D rings should be doubled up for each of these so yes, 6 D rings in total. This allows us to create an adjustable canada goose outlet pull strap. The top strap should have about 6″ hanging loose on the side panel shown in the far right of cheap canada goose uk the sketch, this will be used as our closure. These can all be hand sewn on if you don’t have a sewing machine. You cannot buy canada goose jacket reliably fuse nylon. Sewing through multiple layers of nylon webbing can be tricky with some sewing machines. I had an old laptop sleeve I wasn’t using anymore that I sewed into the bag. Something I did learn is that the neoprene like material it was made from was very finicky on the sewing machine. It would skip stitches if I was going slow, but worked fine going quickly. Some experimentation may be needed depending on what you’re doing. Time to bring it all together! Remember which side will be the inside of the bag. We’re going to close the bag up inside out, then turn it outside in when we’re canada goose store done. Using the sketch as reference, bond or sew the open end of the front panel on the far left to the open end of the side panel shown on the far right.

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