PHOTO: Emily Lawrence Mendoza
Emily Lawrence Mendoza
August 18, 2015

I have all kinds of randomly stained dish rags, and I was so excited to discover this super quick way to both upcycle a plastic bag and and save a rag. From now on I’m going to be looking at the designs and colors of my shopping bags in a whole new way.

What You’ll Need:

Easy Plastic Appliqués In Less Than 2 Minutes
Emily Lawrence Mendoza
  • plastic shopping bag in desired color or design
  • parchment Paper
  • dish cloth or other fabric item
  • iron
  • scissors

Step 1

Easy Plastic Appliqués In Less Than 2 Minutes
Emily Lawrence Mendoza

Cut the design you like from your plastic bag. If you have a solid-colored bag you could also cut a shape or silhouette. You will want your final cut piece to be smaller than your iron to avoid puckering later.

Step 2

Easy Plastic Appliqués In Less Than 2 Minutes
Emily Lawrence Mendoza
Easy Plastic Appliqués In Less Than 2 Minutes
Emily Lawrence Mendoza

Preheat your iron to the medium-low, no-steam setting. Lay your fabric on an ironing board or another smooth surface. Lay the piece of bag face up on top. Top the plastic with a piece of parchment paper.

Step 3

Easy Plastic Appliqués In Less Than 2 Minutes
Emily Lawrence Mendoza

Carefully press the iron over the piece of plastic so that it touches the whole shape at once. Hold for about 30 seconds, and then check to see the plastic has adhered. If it has any loose edges, press for an additional 30 seconds.

Tip For Use

Hand-washing your rag recommended to increase the longevity of the appliqué. If the edges begin to lift, just pull out the iron and parchment paper and press it again to refresh it.



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