Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

I was taking a beginner’s weaving class and wanted to do something different than the usual table cloths. So I did a re-modelled version of the blue IKEA bag! The weaving took longer than needed, but that’s mostly due to my laziness.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

The hardest part of the hack was the weaving. Some bits look a bit messed up (not shown on pics, of course :)) And you’ll also need to make sure that you have a sewing machine sturdy enough to sew through thick material. If I could do this again, I would probably pay more attention to the colours and design of the woven part.

But now that it’s done, I like the funky feel to it, besides it being a one-of-a-kind woven IKEA bag.

IKEA items used:

Other materials and tools used:

Steps to making a woven IKEA bag

Begin by cutting up the IKEA bag into a size/shape of your choice.

Pick out plastic bags and fabrics that you want to use for the middle section of the bag.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

Start weaving the plastic bags and fabrics together.

Sew the woven parts together with the cutout IKEA bag bits. You’ll need a pretty good sewing machine for this. The top and bottom parts need to enfold the weave to create stability.

I added the IKEA logo to the sides. I cheated a bit and went to a professional seamstress to help me with this last part.

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

And the woven IKEA bag is done!

Plastic Fantastic: A woven IKEA bag

~ by Rebecca (Sweden)

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