101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #186143 Green Rosie
Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:00 am

Millymollymandy wrote:Noooooooo cos I've got way more than I need and they don't get thrown away!
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Send them to me instead - supplies are getting very low here :roll:

One word of warning - do NOT use biodegradable ones to store stuff in on top of wardrobe. After a while little flakes of white stuff will start appearing on your floor and it'll take you ages to realise it is the bag, gently degrading and floating away :iconbiggrin:

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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #186163 Rosendula
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:17 am

Useful for decorating.

If you're painting the walls with a roller you can line the paint tray with a carrier bag. When you've finished, remove the bag by carefully turning it inside-out, so that the left-over paint is inside it. Snip the corner off, and squirt it (a bit like an icing bag) back into the paint tin. Less waste, much less cleaning.

Whatever painting jobs you don't get finished and have to carry on the next day, you can make it quicker and easier by wrapping paint brushes and rollers in a plastic bag. That way they keep fresh and you don't need to wash them. Same goes for wallpaper paste brushes.

Also for wallpapering - line the bucket with a carrier bag (make sure there are no holes in it) before making the wallpaper paste. Again, when you've finished you can 'pipe' the excess paste into a jar for any touch-up jobs later on, and the bucket will be clean and not need washing. Or, if you don't finish the job on the first day, you can tie a knot in the top of the bag, or just fold it over to stop the paste drying out overnight.

I did wallpapering recently and searched high and low for a carrier bag, only to find I didn't have one that wasn't been used for something else. I'm really getting good at refusing them in the shops. :cheers: So although frustrated, I did feel rather smug. :mrgreen:
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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #186211 indy
Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:00 pm

boring old bin bags for me I'm afraid but am fascinated with the idea of crocheting them..any links anyone knows so that I can have a peep? :sunny:
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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #186225 Flo
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:43 pm

Carrying stuff back from the allotment and taking compostable goodies to the allotment.

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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233385 skinnimini
Fri May 27, 2011 9:02 pm

I knitted a shopping bag. Actually it was charity bags, and it took eleven to make this.
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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233386 RuthG
Fri May 27, 2011 9:03 pm

That's lovely - how did you do it?

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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233397 Rosendula
Fri May 27, 2011 10:28 pm

Ooh that's a lovely idea. I might try crocheting one. The best I've done is cut an old, tatty, floaty square scarf into strips and crocheted them into a place mat.
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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233410 Millymollymandy
Sat May 28, 2011 7:32 am

Excellent! :cheers:
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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233566 skinnimini
Sun May 29, 2011 10:21 am

RuthG wrote:That's lovely - how did you do it?

Thank you.
I cut the bottom off the charity bag, then cut strips about one inch wide, all the way to the top. Discard the handles if there are any. You then have circles of plastic, join them together in a chain, that makes yarn, and knit them. I did the two sides seperately and used a crochet hook and more strips to join them together. I knitted long thin pieces for handles and attached them with a crochet hook. Beware check your bags first, that they are not biodegradable.

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Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #233696 chickenchargrill
Mon May 30, 2011 12:59 pm

That looks great. I saw some other bags and flip flops online the other day :)

Other uses -

Tied over the end of a loo brush or old style mop to use as a plunger

A plastic bag can be used to make putting on compression stockings so much easier.

To get old air lock bungs out of demijohns

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