So, I saw a video on YouTube from Make: and Etsy about how to make 'fabric' out of old plastic grocery bags. It's really cool...sandwich eight or ten layers of grocery bag together, iron between pieces of waxed paper, and there you have it, fabric! I decided to give it a whirl. Our grocery store has pretty fruit printed on their bags, and I had another that said THANK YOU on it...so I decided to design it using those as decoration.
The 'fabric' comes out feeling a lot like Tyvek, you know, house wrap, or those really sturdy plastic-like envelopes that the Post Office has. I bet it would come out even stronger if you sandwiched some cheesecloth or something inside.
So, I gave it a go, and in less than an hour, I had a new purse! Can't turn the iron too hot, or the plastic will melt (I had to patch it in one spot), but it stitches like a dream. I think maybe I'll make a wallet, next!