Intro: Plastic Bag Pillows
A pillow made from 100% recyclable plastic bags. Prolong the life of the plastic bag, recycle it for as long as you can without down grading its quality. Help lessen the negative impacts plastic bags have on the environment.
Step 1: Create a Template
Create a template out of paper for what ever shape of a pillow you want. For this project, I have created a template for a square pillow with the size of 12" x 12". For the shape that you decide to make, just like the photo, add a 1/2" seam allowance to all sides.
Step 2: Collect the Plastic Bags
Collect a good amount of plastic bags, around 20, preferably ones that are marked with 'HDPE 2 or 4'.
Step 3: Cut the Bags
Cut the handles and the bottoms off of the 10 plastic bags and spread the sheets out. Layer the sheets on top of each other and cut them in half. Save the pieces that cut from the bag as we will be using them later.
Step 4: Iron the Sheets
Place a piece of bristol, that is larger then the size of the template on the table and then layer half the amount of plastic bag sheets on to the bristol so that they cover the briton completely from corner to corner, side to side. Layer another piece of bristol on top and bring the three layers carefully, to the ironing board and with a hot iron, run the iron over the bristol slowly and evenly over the entire surface. Make sure to reach the sides and to not stop moving the iron to present burning. Lift the top layer of bristol occasionally to check whether the layers of plastic have fused, if bubbles appear between the layers, iron over those again to re-enforce them. You will end up with a thick, strong piece of plastic textile. Repeat this step for the other half amount of plastic bags in another batch.
Step 5: Cut the Templates Out of the Plastic Textile
Place the template over the layer textiles and cut it out. You will end up with two identical pieces.
Step 6: Seal Three Sides
Place the two layers directly on top of each other, with the side that you want people to see facing outside. Place the two layers together within the two pieces of bristol again and iron them similarly in step 4 along a 1/2" seam allowance on three sides, remember to leave on side un-ironed.
Step 7: Shred the Leftovers
Cut up the leftovers from the handles, bottoms and the 10 plastic bags you kept from before into confetti.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
Stuff the plastic bag confetti into the case with 3 sealed sides with the amount you prefer, this will be the stuffing. Place the unsealed side between briton paper and iron it with a 1/2" border. Cut a small amount of the corners off to sell the edge but not cut the pillow open. And there you have it, a 100% plastic pillow.