Recycling plastic grocery bags and plastic shopping bags is nothing really new, but I like to do my recycling without smelling up my environment. If you merely return your bags to your local grocer for recycling, they will melt them down to make new bags. This emits more pollution into the air. I have also discovered that fusing plastic bags with an iron releases noxious fumes into your home and I don't think that's any better. So, in come the scissors.
Step 1: Lay out a plastic bag.
The best bags for this are the really thin ones you get from the chain grocers and places like Walmart. The thicker ones are more difficult to work with.
Lay out a plastic bag, tucking in the side seams and smoothing the bag flat. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Step 2: Cut off very bottom of bag with scissors.
Cut off the bottom edge of the plastic bag with scissors. Make sure your scissors are sharp as dull scissors will not work very well to cut plastic bags.
Step 3: Fold bag.
Fold bag lengthwise, as pictured.
Step 4: Cut folded bag into strips.
Now, cut the folded bag into strips that are about 1 and 1/2 inches wide. You don't have to be perfect on this either. It's just a guideline, so there's no need to haul out that nasty, little ruler.
Keep it simple.
Step 5: Unfold one of the cut strips and begin joining.
Unfold one of the cut strips. You need to be careful here because they will sometimes tear on the fused seam.
Grab a second cut strip and unfold it. Loop it around your thumb and index finger and hold the rest of it in your fist.
Step 6: Continued bag joining.
Bring the loop in your right hand over the loop strip in your left hand.(The 1st pic in this step.)
While maintaining the loop in your right hand, grasp the strip from your left hand and pull it partially through the loop in your right hand. (The 2nd & 3rd pics in this step.)