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29 January 2008 @ 08:06 am
101 Uses for Plastic Grocery Bags  
Well, my last call for ideas, 101 Things To Do With An Empty Cereal Box is still at 10 things. But I'm going to try again.

101 Uses for Plastic Grocery Bags
1. Reuse them as bags. Obviously. Who hasn't run to the gym with stuff in a plastic bag because it's convenient? Well, I haven't,because I've got my big happy Hello Kitty bag, but my son takes his sneaks to the gym in a grocery bag.
2. Donate them to your local library or charity, used bookstores can also use them.
3. Keeping yarn pristine while working on a project.
4. Fuse them, fused plastic bags make a very tough material, and with a bit of duct tape for people who don't have a sewing machine, or with sewing, you can make all sorts of neat things, like re-usable grocery bags, or messenger bags.
5. Sculpting, I love this project, and E and I are so doing it. She's a HUGE Simpson's fan, and this is so clever. Plastic bags can be used to bulk up things lightly for all sorts of projects.
6. also by dadcando, a golden snitch using plastic bags for wings.
7. Crochetor knit a bag with them. I don't actually cut mine that way, I lay the bag out flat, and cut completely across in about 1.5 inch wide strips that are loops, then I loop them together like you probably did with rubber bands as a kid to make chains. I like doing it that way, because I can just have a stack of strips and just loop on a new one as I need it rather then dealing with rolling balls of plastic , plus doing it this way also means if you do accidentally rip one, you just have to replace that section without having to tie a knot.
8. A variation of 7, white plastic bags cut a little thinner then you would for a bag and worked with a size J or K hook make nifty weather proof stars and snowflake ornaments. Pick your favorite pattern.
9. Toy clothes. I know, it sounds silly, but they've been used for petticoats, skirts, raincoats for plushies in our home. Usually taped, but I'm going to have E try our Eurosealer as well.
10. About toys? Plastic bags also make good stuffing for amigurumi. I've only handwashed things I've stuffed that way.
11. I haven't tried it yet, but how about a water resistant sit upon? I have made pillows to keep in the car to keep under my back when it's really bothering me, and I like them.
12. Pom poms! My mom used to make these for some of the kids in our neighborhood (I never wanted to be a cheerleader).. iirc, she may have used empty pill bottles for handles. I think she'd cut across the handles, and make vertical cuts into the bag leaving a couple inches at the bottom sealed end, then roll up the ends and glue them into the pill bottle or something like that.
13. Kites! Plastic bags rock for kites because they don't weigh anything. My dad was a cloth kite snob until he found out how easily and high plastic kites can fly.
14. From lupagreenwolf, packing! Nice soft packing for moving, packing pretties you've made for friends to mail et cetra
15. This only uses a tiny bit, but when I was a kid I used them in dioramas with a bit of paint to make campfires, what other modeling uses I wonder?
16. From taimatsu- Use them to stuff a duct tape dummy
17. Also from taimatsu- try making a shower curtain out of fused plastic bags, there is a link to fusing plastic bags above.
18. Crochet a scrubbie

So, leave your suggestions in the comments, or links to other projects!
Feeling: happyhappy
Lupalupagreenwolf on January 29th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Plastic bags are the absolute best thing for packing material, especially for very fragile things. They're extremely light so they won't add much weight, and they're good shock absorbers. Plus you can use torn bags just as well as whole ones.
taimatsutaimatsu on March 18th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Eventually I will try making a shower curtain out of fused plastic bags. Currently I'm making a duct-tape dress-form, and plastic bags are going to be one of the main stuffing materials, along with waste paper and fabric scraps.
shala_beadsshala_beads on March 18th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Added! Thanks!
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
kites from bags
Some months ago a blogger was delighted to stumble across my kite site, since she had a very similar quest: what to do with plastic shopping bags, in order to recycle them. There's one design in particular that just about anyone can make - the Tiny Tots Diamond. (http://www.my-best-kite.com/kite-for-kids.html) The long tail uses up a fair amount of plastic as well, as you can see in the in-flight photo.

Must admit we use most of our bags for bin-liners though, rather than kites!