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how do I make juice bag strips for weaving?

I want to make a medium size bag from recycled juice by weaving it in the diagonal fashion (I think it is called plaiting), and I know that I will need weavers that are at least 25" long! So how do the weavers in the Philippines use small juice bags (recycled) to make the long weavers: I have a bag here from the Philippines and cant see any sign of overlapping or sewing!!! I have found photos on the internet of women weaving these bags and the weavers are LONG. I have practised on newspaper so the technique is there and my fingers are just ITCHING to weave with something a little more attractive!

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Re-design7 years ago
Could you cut them on a diagonal and end up with a long strip. Cut them like a candy cane is colored.
tofty (author)  Re-design7 years ago
sadly not... this would not make the strips much more than about 10" long at most. The strips all appear to be cut upright on the bags I have seen, and then folded into quarters. But I thank you for a very prompt reply.. it is my first time on this site and I am IMPRESSED :-)
Re-design tofty7 years ago
Wait until you get a GOOD answer then you will really be impressed.
Is this something like what you are trying to make?
http://pictures.kyozou.com/pictures/_8/7898/7897197.jpg
Well you've peaked my interest. I've looked at many sites and I can't find anything that explains what you are looking for. I know you can't find where they are joined, but if they are using recycled juice bags they have to be joined somehow. They may be "welded" with heat. That would create a very hidden joint. They may be sewn and the stitching hidden under a layer, but that would take a lot of planning to do. I've come to the conclusion that either they are opening them up down the sides so that you have a long rectangle piece and then joining these somehow, or These are not really recycled bags but really bags that have never had juice in the and come in a roll, uncut so that they can cut them to the length they need them to be. When you do find out how to do this PLEASE come back here and let us (me) know what the answer is. I really hate a puzzle that I can't solve! Good luck.
tofty (author)  Re-design7 years ago
many thanks... I was coming to those conclusions too.

http://www.savetheworlddesigns.com/philippines.html

This picture shows a picture of the women in Philippines sitting on a "mat" of the unfolded strips: at first I thought they must be brand new but now I think they may have fused them somehow as the edges are jagged. But at least I have learned how to upload photos and include links!
tofty (author)  tofty7 years ago
Sadly I am of the considered opinion that these bags (the big ones at least) are not using recycled juice bags at all: they are using the sheets of material USED to make juice bags. What a royal ripoff! I came to this conclusion as one of the strips on my bag is actually cut acrosswards and there are four repeats of the front of the juice bag. no wonder I couldn't make them! Back to strapping tape and cardboard strips for me. If I am wrong PLEASE someone let me know. If you know I am right, please let all the eco-stores selling these bags as recycled gear know!
BaZura.Biz works closely with a Women's Co-operative in the Phillipines. The Co-op's members collect discarded juice containers, rice bags and advertising banners, then transform this trash into beautiful, durable hand-bags and accessories.

Working with other local community leaders, KILUS campaigned for households to separate and sell their recyclables to KILUS. The local council provided pushcarts and weighing scales and, as well, established an Ecology Center
They organize 15 pushcarts that visit households to collect used food and beverage packaging that would otherwise clog water bodies, drainage systems, and landfills. They sanitize these materials and transform them into over 40,000 products per month. KILUS has partnered with the local municipal solid waste management department to make a huge difference in keeping their community clean and green.

Of the all the items collected for recycling, the ones that attracted their attention were the colorful juice boxes. These discarded drink containers became the raw material for various bags, finding new life as cheerful accessories.

he members has its own assignment: the pulot brigade which circles around Pasig City and other cities in Metro Manila buying the doy packs from funeral homes, cemeteries, schools, residential houses, wakes, dumpsites and whoever calls up with their doy packs. The linis brigade are those who wash and sanitized the doy packs in 3 stages and dry them. The mananahi or sewers brigade are those who earned the most from Php 2,000.00 to Php 3,000.00 a week. With school days around, the financial burden of their children are solved.

With more than a million pieces of discarded doy packs bought and still needed to transform into bags, KILUS saves mother earth by preventing such waste materials from going to the drainage systems, dumpsites, and water bodies. Collect discarded doy packs and sell them to the KILUS Multipurpose Environmental Cooperative at 36 C. Santos St., Ugong, Pasig City.
tofty (author)  lorennasue4 years ago
Wow! I am so grateful for you informing me of this - although for some reason I have missed it for the past year and a half - sorry! I am happy to know that these are genuine recyclables - I have visited the BazuraBiz website and the pictures say it all. I will be purchasing one of these beautiful bags :-)
tofty (author)  Re-design7 years ago
precisely so! Some bags, such as the one I have at home, do come much larger as well. I have yet to learn how to include photos and weblinks into my comments. Will try with a picture of the newspaper one I made: these strips were the length of the open Courier Mail so obviously they need to be long.
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art1454 years ago
I'm not sure if this will work, but if you cut them in a spiral, kind of like peeling an apple, you might get a fairly long strip. I just bought one of these adorable purses.