I LOVE making bags....Just need to take more time to do it. I love fabric (I have a HARD time finding it over here though), but I also love making bags from plastic grocery store bags. I've had friends send bags from the states, but I have a huge collection of bags from Europe too. I'm hoping to get a bunch made here soon so I can bring them back to the states with me. I'd feel much better about bringing actual tote bags than I would a bunch of grocery store bags!
2 pieces of large PLAIN paper (My kids have one of those big rolls of art paper, so I use that) I've tried wax paper and foil, but I like the kids' paper best.
Iron & Ironing board
To make your first piece of "fabric" you will need about 8 layers of plastic, so 4 bags. I choose one layer with a pattern and the rest of the layers are solid. I try to use white, especially for the top layer. You don't want to have a printed layer on top. You'll be ironing it and it will smear and make a mess on the iron.
Flatten your bag and cut off the bottom.
Cut off the handles.
When the top and bottom are cut off, flatten the bag. Most bags are folded in on the sides, so open the folds and flatten it. You'll be cutting it to a smaller size.
Get your layers all cut to the same size. I try not to make it bigger than the width of my ironing board and not too long either.
To be continued!.........