Any-who, The first thing you need to do is cut your plastics down to a usable size. Since the smallest piece I had to work with was my Tootsie Pop bag, I cut the tablecloth and the garbage bag to that size.
|I carefully cut open my Tootsie Pop bags.|
|I cut rectangles of the tablecloth that were approximately the same size as the Tootsie Pop bag.|
|I cut more rectangles of the garbage bags.|
Next, line up your layers. I used four layers of garbage bags, one layer of tablecloth and my Tootsie Pop bag.
|Line up your layers.|
The next step is to iron your layers together. Remember, everything is protected between the layers of paper (sorry, I just had to say it again). Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the ironing because I don't have four arms or someone else around to take the photo. You want to use a hot iron (wool or linen setting). You need to keep the iron moving constantly. Make sure you iron over the entire area of your plastic. I worked in a circular motion. Once you've covered the entire piece, peel off the top layer of paper and see how you did. If you need to go back and fuse some more, you can do that. Just don't over-do it for the plastic will melt completely.
|The fused plastic|
I've been using my tote bag for my daily lunch bag at work for a month and it is showing no wear whatsoever. So give this technique a shot.