Every time I go to the grocery store, I feel a little guilty that I am bringing home more plastic bags and encouraging the demand for them and continuing the problem. I could go on a tirade, but I won't. Instead I'll show you what I did last week.
While looking around for a good reusable shopping bag pattern, I came across this. It is a bag bag, crocheted using plastic bags. I made one. It is smaller than I had imagined, but will be useful in some capacity. Maybe I will work on my patience deficit by making a big one that could actually tote groceries, or at least produce from the Farmer's Market.
Then, a little later I went over to betz's blog and followed the link to the etsy tutorial and learned how to fuse plastic bags together to make a usable fabric type of material.
I even saw a dress made from this stuff. (Not exactly my style.) My daughter had been complaining about her wallet being too large, so I made her a nice compact one using a bag from a local surf shop. Now I just have to add a holder for her driver's license somehow.
The dilemma is that now I want MORE plastic bags. Something went awry here. I have made a commitment to still use fewer plastic bags, so when I need to replenish my supply, I will "borrow" them from a recycle bin somewhere. You may see me explaining to people, as I take bags from the bin outside the grocery store, "I'm not a bag lady. Really. I'm just doing crafts. I live in a house. I keep my things there. Really. Oh look at this nice pink bag."