Trash to Treasure Clutch

From trash to treasure with fused plastic. This great idea came from the January 2009 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. The artist was Alisa Burke, sharing this great technique.

 I laugh at trash to treasure...because I always save my grocery bags and use them for trash. This is not a perfect technique, but I found it very interesting. You fuse 8 grocery bags together, ink, paint, collage, stamp, stitch...whatever your heart desires and sew it into a clutch.

Here are 8 grocery bags, that were pressed between paper to fuse them. Makes a wonderful durable surface.

After I sprayed with colorwash, glimmer mists and painted with acrylics and stamps, this is what the paper looked like.

A little close up so you can see the wonderful texture.

 I sewed a handmade paper to the back of the plastic for the liner.

Then haphazardly stitched all over the paper, before I did the final stitching to make the clutch. When you're finished you seal the fused plastic with a water based polyeurethane.


I see wonderful potential for this technique. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by.

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Katrina Gelino said...

Holy smokes! That's a little over-the-top in the crafting world. You've been busy! What are you going to do with it?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing. I can't wait til the weather is warmer, so I can come and craft with you! How cool!!! Love, your sis, Dawn xoxo

Amanda said...

Love this! Wheres mine??

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