|Outside made from fused bags from India|
Thanks to Etsy, this is the video that taught me how to fuse plastic bags. Then soon after I learned how to fuse, this video from Thread Banger taught me the upcycled messenger bag basics.
I inserted the plastic bags for the batting a bit differently than the Thread Bangers. Their method is probably best since mine caused the lining to be offset a bit at the top. Below is a view from the side before the bag was enclosed.
|2nd-hand store shirt lining, plastic bags for batting|
I love the look and feel of a cool plastic fused bag, but I'm trying to keep my eye open for repurposed "fabric" that doesn't need fusing (such as animal feed bags, coffee foil bags, juice packs such as Capri Sun). The last two pictures posted are of my latest laptop messenger bag made from a puppy food bag and trimmed with juice bags -- sort of gives it an "industrial" look! It holds a 15.6" laptop and accessories. If you know of any dog lover who'd like this, just let me know and we can discuss the price! I am just totally thrilled to know that functional items like these can be made from nearly 100% repurposed materials. Gosh, everything but the thread was repurposed here! I love that.
|Puppy food bag trimmed with Capri Sun bags|
|2nd-hand store shirt lining; plastic bags for batting|