So one rainy Saturday night I was running thought downtown with my friends to get out of the rain. i was wearing my favorite zip-up hoodie and when we got into a near by Starbucks I thought ,in my sopping wet hoodie "this does not work, this does not work at all"
Now at this point one of friends suggested we should have brought ponchos but I hate ponchos. So when I got home I found this weekend project on fusing plastic bags. So thus was born
The plastic bag hoodie.
Now you don't have to make a hoodie, you could make any thing you want. A wallet, a camera case, a parachute or even a rocket ship!!!!! (OK so I don't really recommend the last two but if your heart says yes go for it! but I'm not responsible )
Why is this instructable "green"? well billions of groceries bags are used every day and they serve a good purpose, to get your groceries home. But the humble grocery bag is used for how long? on average five minutes at most. So let it be reborn into something new and better. Not many people ever get to recycling their plastic bags. Also it takes less energy to make than reprocessing the plastic bag recycling plant or buying a raincoat made in gigantic factory or sweat shops .So this instructable
1. Saves plastic bags from slowly decomposing in landfills.
2. Keeps you nice and dry
3. Saves you money
4. saves energy
5. And it's easy!
6. it's freeeeee!!!!!
by the way this is the first time I've used a sewing machine (but i was going for the Frankenstein look)
also makes a cool original gift!
Step 1: The Materials
1. A lot of plastic bags, grocery, garbage, any thing you can get your hands on but try to recycle (target bags work great) I used garbage bags that didn't fit in my garbage can
2. Thread, any kind should do
3. Wax, parchment , or even printer paper (2 pieces)
Step 2: Tools
1. Sewing machine (or you could hand stitch it) or I suppose you could use a solder iron
3. Iron and board
Step 3: Fusing Plastics Part One: Preparation
Snip off the handle and bottoms so you have a sort of tube.
Now turn it inside out so that when you start to iron the melty ink from the bag doesn't make a big mess!
Step 4: Fusing the Bags
If you are the least bit confused watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB1mE8e35UY
By the way this is the video that inspired me!
do this in a well ventilated area like a garage
Step 5: Sewing Part One
You will need to refer back to this chart.
For people who cant read the chart the second picture has image notes translating it.
Step 6: Sewing Part 2
Hurray for geometry!
Step 7: Sewing Part 3
Congrats! you now have a jacket but it's still missing a hood...
Step 8: The Hood
Step 9: The Hood Part 2
Step 10: The Zipper
1. Align the first half of the zipper on the front
2. Pin down
3. Stitch up to top
4. Then go back down so it is firmly in place
And if you all don't mind can you suggest a place to buy zippers?
UPDATE' k now you don't have to,
Step 11: Please Do
1. Comment (I always love a great idea)
2. Post pics
Thank you I will soon have a pic of the finished hoodie