Recycled Shopper Final!

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Sunday, 22 June, 2014

I finally got around to finishing the recylced shopper. This project is my first attempt at giving week to week updates on projects and the ups and downs that go with that. This weeks take home message: it's ok to leave a project alone for a few weeks if you're just not feeling it... But now, with the Netherlands latest win agains Mexico and advancing to the next round, new inspiration! This is the final post about the 'King's day shopper' now renamed 'Hup Holland WK shopper!' 

In part 1 and 2 I was in the middle of sewing together the plastic bag strips. Initially I had hoped that just weaving the strips in the checker pattern would give enough strength, but they skewed and moved around too much :S So, I decided that I had to sew them all one by one. This is not difficult work, but it takes A LOT of time. I put a plastic garbage bag underneath and used a cross stitch to sew the strips both horizontally (every strip) and vertically (every other strip) until finaly it became very strong. 
A few things I learned:
1. Plastic sews just like fabric, who knew!
2. Sewing the strips themselves is impossible, so put something underneath like a garbage pag or some other fabric or lining.
3. Don't try to get it perfect! I missed the strips in various places, but because the lining is there it is ok. Trying to get it perfectly will only make you crazy..
While cruzing the web for tips on working with plastic, I came across this website where they fuse plastic bags  together with an ordinary iron and create big sheets of plastic-fabric that can also be sewn. Fantastic idea! You probably don't get a checkered pattern (although you can create this if you place the plastic in a strategic way), but it is far less labour intensive than what I have here.  This plastic bag hoodie made using the same technique is pretty cool!

Anyway, back to the problem at hand. The hardest parts luckily are done :) To actually make the bag, all you have to do is fold the plastic sheet to the size you want and glue the edges to create a 'bag-shape' of 50x45x10 cm. First fold the sides in and make a (flat) cylinder. Then fold and close the bottom. After the glue dried, I sewed the seems. One thing that I would absolutely dread is that the whole thing would come undone with all my groceries in it! (Especially after so much work!) So, big cross stitch like before for extra security :)
Actually, this is already a finished bag (minus the handles) and I like it a lot already. But we are still missing the bright orange hup-holland lining!

The lining is made out of an old T and is a slight bit smaller than the rectangular plastic bag (orange lining is 50x35x10 cm, see part 2). Fit the plastic bag inside the lining, fold over the excess and sew along the seem. 

Cut two strips of sturdy fabric of about 10x70 cm. I used faux leather for this, but any strong, non-stretchy fabric will do. 

Sew them onto the bag on both sides and done! (Finally, phew :P)

I really do love the final result, the cheerful checker pattern in the end is really nice. And the reverse side is perfect for a little extra Dutch spirit ;)

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