Quite some time ago, Care gave me this clear vinyl bag which was the packaging for a 'Hide-a-Mat', measuring a generous 36" by 24" by 12" and including a nice 58" black nylon zipper. The seams are stitched and bound with the same clear plastic, and on the back is a panel of black knit mesh.
The challenge: to re-use and re-cycle the materials!
The bag has since been lying idle in my Things-I-Might-Recycle bin, with the challenge lying idly in the back of my brain until just recently. I think ideas must have been jogged by Care's fun crayon pouch posting, because several have popped out of the back of the brain!
Notes for recycling vinyl packaging:
--the vinyl is fairly light weight, and so not exceptionally durable, but much easier to handle than the heavier stuff.
--the vinyl is a bit crinkly from storage, so
-- a very short spin in the dryer or a quick blast with the hair dryer helps.
--to stitch clear plastic, use longer stitches and handle the seam from the front and the back of the presser foot, helping it move along.
--definitely do cut with the rotary cutter, using an older blade.
--I have a couple of ideas for re-using the zipper, so I'll probably add in some zippers from my notions stash.
I think I'm set to sew!