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rachybaby1
10-09-2010, 08:03 PM
Hi All,

I am a teacher in a secondary school and we are having an curriculum enrichment day soon. We are going down the idea of eco warriors and using plastic bags to make clothing and accessories. Anyone got any good ideas I can use?

Thanks

Rachael

Ballderdash
10-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Not sure, but I teach Primary and we'd be getting the kids to design their own, so I'm sure Secondary kids could cope with that http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/images/icons/icon12.png I'm sure they'd come up with some fab ideas.

Eiledon
10-09-2010, 09:24 PM
Could try cutting the plastic bags back and forth into one long strip and knit, but that would mean they would have to know how to knit.

Could use a large dustbin bag as the base for a top (cutting in a neck and arms of course) and then tie other pieces on?!

http://eiledon.co.uk

Critchley
10-09-2010, 09:26 PM
One crafter on here weaves plastic bags into bowls and baskets. They look great too.

jaydee67
10-09-2010, 09:53 PM
Like this? ;-)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs367.snc3/23636_380277329821_722304821_3794705_8281744_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs216.snc4/39141_414357974821_722304821_4665567_3064498_n.jpg

Cut the bags in a spiral to make long strips for knitting, crocheting or weaving.

JABBY
10-09-2010, 10:42 PM
recently on holiday in brittany, we saw bags made from old drinks cartons. The ones you get fruit juice in, not the metal cans.
They had been cut into strips and woven into each other to make the required shape

They looke very effective and attractive

regards
John

Critchley
10-09-2010, 10:42 PM
Haha. I came back on Jaydee to have a look for you. I just couldnt recall your user name but I could see your baskets in my minds eye.

jaydee67
10-09-2010, 10:47 PM
Carol, Thanks for the compliment! The top basket is used by a friend for collecting her eggs, and the bottom one is in my bathroom - appropriate as the bags used are from toilet roll bags.


recently on holiday in brittany, we saw bags made from old drinks cartons. The ones you get fruit juice in, not the metal cans.
They had been cut into strips and woven into each other to make the required shape

They looke very effective and attractive

regards
John

Fruit juice cartons are great, but fiddly to get cut evenly. I've made one thing from them, use this in my craft room.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y135/jaydee67/crafts/DSCF4816.jpg

rachybaby1
11-09-2010, 04:54 PM
The kids need examples to give them ideas, trust me! We only have about 3 hours from start to finish.Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I make bags myself using recycled paper, but will have a try using the plastic strips for bags and see if I can develop jewellery too.:)

jaydee67
11-09-2010, 05:24 PM
For jewellery - how about paper beads? long thin triangles rolled around a cocktail stick starting at the thicker end and held with a dab of glue, can be threaded for necklaces, bracelets, earrings
strips cut across lemonade bottles and wound with plastic bag strips for bracelets?
plait the plastic strips for belts? friendship bracelets?

rachybaby1
11-09-2010, 10:28 PM
Ooo im going to have a go at that. Great idea for jewellery!

AmyDave
11-09-2010, 11:18 PM
I can't remember where I saw it but came across a raincoat made from capri-sun packaging. Think it may have beedn on the instructables website, it was bought by Ripleys and was AWESOME!

kathmonkey
17-10-2010, 10:28 PM
I think this is the place you need to be going...

(I can't post URLs, so I have to use special URL-type code)
three double-yous, dot, myrecycledbags, dot, c o m

Full of plastic bag goodness! :)

rachybaby1
24-10-2010, 02:40 PM
In the end we had a go at making bags in the same way I do and baskets weaved from plastic. It kept them quiet for hours. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

polli
24-10-2010, 05:55 PM
I teach top end of primary and have previously got the kids to design, make and model their own clothing and accessories out of dustbin bags etc. They loved the design process and it all became part of the project so I am sure Secondary aged kids would love it to.
Polli.

www.muranomagic.co.uk (http://www.muranomagic.co.uk)

MMAARRYY
07-12-2010, 02:17 PM
Lovely!!! :)