Plastic Fabric Demo at Make Shop

Want to learn how plastic grocery bags, laundromat bags, and other LDPE or HDPE plastic bags can be recycled into sewable fabric using common household tools like an iron, craft paper, and scissors? Steve Rainwater will be demonstrating the process at Make Shop & Studio, 313 N. Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 in the Bishop Arts District on Thursday, September 16, at 1pm.

The demonstration is part of a collaboration between Dallas Makerspace and the City of Dallas Sanitation Department. As part of their recycling outreach program, the City is trying to find interesting ways to educate school children about recycling. They were impressed with the plastic fabric used for Dallas Makerspace’s winning entries in the EPA Earthfest Recycled Fashion Show ealier this year. They hope to create a workshop where children can create their own outfits for a mini recycled fashion show. As part of that effort we’re teaching the City of Dallas how the plastic fusing process works.

Julie McCullough Kim generously offered use of Make Shop & Studio for the demonstration. Her “modern craft lounge” offers classes and a boutique for local fashion designers. There is no charge for attending the demonstration but if you bring along a few used grocery bags or laundromat bags, we’ll put them to good use.

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