Introduction: Recycled Plastic Bag Bib


I have seen some pretty cool stuff made out of the "fabric" from fusing together plastic grocery bags, so I decided to make one of my own. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

1. Plastic bags- the kind you get from the grocery store. I also use the ones my food comes in from the potatoes, onions, anything really that comes in plastic bags. All you have to do is be careful with iron. Adjust the temp as needed for the bags you are using, Some are thinner than others.

2. Iron-

3. bib pattern- I just traced one I already had and used it as a base for mine.

4. 2 pressing sheets- you can find these at any craft/quilting shop. They are fabulous. Find the ones that you can use either side.

5. Glue gun and glue sticks

6. pair of scissors

The following items are great to have ,but not necessary:)

7. self healing cutting mat

8. rotary cutter

9. large ruler


Step 2: Prep the Bag

Cut the seam off at the bottom of the bag.

Then cut off the handles.

Clean and dry the bag very well. Mostly just wipe it out with a damp cloth.

Now a little side note if you are using a rotary cutter. If you are right handed, the bag (or fabric) will go to your right. If you are left handed, the bag,(or fabric) goes to the left. This makes your cutting more accurate. You measure with the ruler NOT the mat. Mats can warp and throw your cutting off.

Step 3: Fusing

Now you are going to fuse them together. I used two for this bib. However I have done some of them that required more. Especially if I was putting designs in between.

I was unable to find two pressing sheets of the same size. So I purchase a large one and a medium one. Place one on your ironing board.

Your iron should be on a fairly low to medium setting.

Now layer the two bags on top of each other.

Place the other pressing sheet on top.

Now iron away. Keep ironing till the wrinkles come out.  If you like the wrinkle look, by all means leave them in.

Step 4: Cut Out Bib


Using your bib pattern, trace all around it onto your fabric.

Cut it out.

The bib pattern I had didn't have the pocket, All I did was trace the bottom of the bib pattern and make it 1/2 an inch larger along the bottom to glue it down.

Step 5: Velcro

Cut the Velcro 1/2 inch long.

Step 6: Glue

For this step I glued down the bottom of the bib and the velcro so those are the steps that are shown. However the glue wasn't sticking after I put it on my little guy. I don't know if I bought the wrong glue or what so I ended up after taking the pictures having to just iron being very careful around the edges and on the velcro. Still using the pressing sheets. So try both methods and see what works for you. I found ironing them worked the best.

Step 7: Random


Here are some old pictures I did for a bib I was creating for a class I gave a while back. I simply took pieces of different colored plastic bags and cut out a flower and drew on the plastic with a permanent marker. Came out pretty cute. Ha

Step 8: All Done

Now show them off. Take them with you. Just clean them with warm soapy water. Do not put in dishwasher or washing machine or dryer.

Comments

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AngelaJ1 (author)2014-11-26

This is a great idea and what I like about it is that it is cost effective. I was wondering how long does this bib last?

http://ghcbibs.com

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roboneill02 (author)2014-08-01

I didn't know that making a recycled plastic bag bib is very simple. The steps are very easy to follow. The pocket looks cute. This bib turned out so cool! Thank you for this one. Great job.

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my 9 lives (author)2011-04-20

@Dr.Pepper thank you

@NaturalCrafter I will have to give them a look thank you very much

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NaturalCrafter (author)2011-04-16

I just noticed the name was the same but Im not affiliated with them other than liking their supplies.

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NaturalCrafter (author)2011-04-16

If your looking for a great source for hot melt glue in a variety of strength and colors I found The Natural Craft Supply a great source. I got some nifty twine there also for macrame.
http://www.natural-craft-supply.com/shop/page/category/Category/076ff34ac10c92b7247b16a1c8a7885d.html

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NaturalCrafter (author)2011-04-16

I love innovation! I found out from ironing contact plastic sheeting one time, that the paper backer sheet made so that the sticky side of the plastic doesn't stick to the paper protection sheet, makes a great cover sheet when ironing any plastics to keep the iron clean and you get a more seamless or finished look.

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Dr. Pepper (author)2011-04-14

Great idea!

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