These luggage tags are completely free! They are made of fused shopping bags, plastic from Christmas card packages, and the buckles from little girls’ dress shoes! It was a wonderful day for me when I read that shopping bags could be ironed to form a sort of fabric which can then be cut and sewn. I immediately set about working with the shopping bags I had on hand to see what could be made out of them. I cut off the bottom seams and handles and stacked them together between two pieces of parchment paper so that I could iron them. I ironed first one side and then the other, back and forth, until it seemed that the plastic had shrunk some and fused together. After some trial and error, I discovered that six shopping bags ironed together in a stack on a medium heat setting made a very tough, waterproof fabric with the texture of vinyl. The new material was very easy to cut and sew. I had the idea to try luggage tags because they are a small project that is easily finished in an afternoon. I was surprised at how well these turned out, and I am eager to see what else I can do with this material.

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