Friday, September 20, 2013

Coasters from Plastic Shopping Bags

Love 'em or hate 'em, we almost all have them.
The plastic shopping bag.
I personally do not hate them. I remember the day of the brown paper bag or if you're from the south,
the poke sack. I remember bottoms busting at the least bit of wetness. They didn't usually have those nifty handles

I'm betting your not like me. I'm sure you have one of those hanging shopping bag holder or
some other very clever organization method.
As fore me..I stuff them in that little cabinet door beside the stove....nothing much  fits in there anyway.
Sometimes, I take them back to the store for recycling. It may ease a few folks mind to know they are all recycled bags. As soon as I'm rid of them all I want to kick myself because I need one for something.

Do you reuse yours?
Just today, I used them.
First, I used one to line the trash can in the bathroom. It is beyond my understanding who would possibly buy that little roll of bags they sell at the store...unnecessary.
Second, I bagged up some pine-cones. We gather them for the winter.
Dried pine-cones can be a great fire starter.

Last, I made some braided coasters.
We are always needing one or two more;
so I thought I'd remedy some bags and our lack or coasters.

It was quick, cheap, and best of all easy.
This is what I did...

One coaster will take 3 bags.
Lay them flat and cut down the sides to open them up. 
You will won't the length out of them.

Knot all 3 bags together at one end.
Pull the knot tight to get it as small as possible.
Clip the ends closely.

Twist each bag and braid.
It doesn't have to be perfect or too tight.
If it's too tight it doesn't want to bind and any little hanging out parts
can be clipped off.

Now you are ready to coil it around and sew it.
The braid may be stiff at first but it's plastic; work it in your hand. It will for up for you.
I used button thread and a fairly big needle. I also thought to do it with dental floss but I had grey thread. 
I do recommend using a thimble.

When you are sewing try to put the needle between the braid.
To sew through the plastic itself is very tough.

Last thing I did was sew a piece of felt to the back.
You could surely hot glue your back and you could use 
cork if you had it on hand.

That's it!
I can't believe I didn't have some other color bags;
 it would have looked so much better.
Brown bags also look close to straw or cornhusks and add a very natural look. 

Thanks for stopping by 
checking out my little project.


  1. Oh, I love it! How clever. I saw and pinned on pinterest where you can make "plarn" plastic yarn to crochet with. I also use mine for trash bags in the bathroom and a hundred other things as well. No, fancy organizer here either. I cram mine in the cabinet door next to the fridge...hmmm we must get if from Mama.

    1. LOL..we are hybrids of Mama. Yeah, I've been seeing all the plarn projects out there; I think I could get into it. Good and cheap. I wish I had some brown bags when I was doing these coasters. They would have matched the little braided rug I made so well.

  2. so neat! I have some colorful bags that I will have to try this on, a great idea!

    1. More colors make them much better.

  3. Hi visiting you from my blog.. I like the idea for the coasters. I've seen several projects that turn plastic bags in to rugs and tote bags.

    1. I have thought of doing some of those. I've been seeing some really cool stuff people are doing. Thanks for the visit.