There are a lot of tutorials for fusing plastic bags, but I get asked frequently for directions so I figured there must be room for one more. I have noticed every tutorial I read has differences and my method is not exactly the same as any others. I have done a lot of trial and error and this is what I consider the best, most efficient method with the best results. For this tutorial I will show how to make an appliqued zippered cosmetic bag from fused plastic.
Step 1: Materials list
This is all you need to start fusing:
1. an iron
2. a hard heat-resistant surface like a wooden cutting board
3. baking parchment paper.
4. Some plastic bags! There's no shortage of those in the world, unfortunately.
For this project you need white 3 grocery type bags, some small scraps of colored plastic bags, and one thin clear bag such as a dry cleaning bag or newspaper delivery bag.
For the sewing part of the project you need:
A 7 or 9 inch zipper,
a sewing machine
Difficulty level: easy, but time consuming
Basic sewing skills required (straight lines, nothing fancy)
Step 2: Preparing the bags
To prepare the grocery bags for fusing, you need to trim off the handles, and trim off the seam at the bottom. When you are done, smooth out the bag into a flat rectangle.You can leave the side seams connected. You will end up with a double layered piece, like a tube.