How to be eco friendly with a bit of upcycling, vegetable gardening, kid crafting
and lots of fun.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
How to make a pencil case from a plastic food bag
I was inspired to try this project after watching a Terracycle youtube video on how to make a coin purse from a plastic food bag.
However, I like taking the easy way out and my bag already had 3 closed sides, I was definitely not cutting new pieces just to sew them back together.
My personal no. 1 rule of upcycling is take advantage of as many seams as you can. (okay so that's for clothing, but why should plastic be different?).
So here's how I did it...
What you need:
1. a strong plastic, empty, rinsed, food bag.
3. a zipper that's a little longer than the opening of the bag
4. thick needle
5. color-coordinated thread.
Step 1: Use your scissors to cut the bag at the height that you want your pencil case to be.
(admission of guilt: being as lazy as I am, and not owning a ruler *gasp*, I estimated the height on each side rather than measuring equal sides, which is why the final product's a little skew).
Step 2: Tape the zipper to the edge of your bag.
Step 3: Hand sew the zipper to the bag with a double layer of normal thread and a thick(ish) needle.
I say hand sew, because if you have kept the original three sides like I did, it would be very difficult and probably impossible to maneuver around the sewing machine.
Step 4: Sew the edges of the zipper together and tuck them in.
And that's it! In only four short steps, you have a fully functional upcycled pencil case.
Remember, I loooove your comments:
Would your kids find an upcycled pencil case cool? or geeky?