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Even when trying to avoid plastic bags, they somehow seem to find a way into our lives. Soon the saved stash is overwhelming. My pile one day started talking and said to me, "I dare you to make me useful again, and while you're at it, make me pretty."

That stash you can't bear to throw away or are too busy to recycle is begging you to be reborn. This pdf tutorial shows step by step in 11 pages and over 70 detailed, full color photos how to turn those shopping bags (or newspaper sleeves, or plastic tablecloth) into a durable and water resistant basket that will last as long as those bags would have in a landfill.

When you order, you will be sent an automated email from etsy directing you how to instantly download your tutorial. If you have any questions about the process, please send me a convo.

Materials needed:
plastic shopping bags
sharp scissors
3" plastic sewing needle
quarter inch coiling core (preferred for beginners, but instructions are included for using a core of braided plastic bags)

Time: at least 2 hours total

This listing does not include any materials nor the finished basket pictured.

© Bagsagain 2010 No refunds or exchanges.
At-home use only. Any reproduction or distribution of this tutorial is strictly prohibited. (Have more fun by learning the technique and teaching it yourself!)

Tutorial - recycled plastic bag coil basket



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