A. Collect Milk Bags to donate if you don’t make your own mats
1. Only the colorful outer bags from 4 litre milk bags are collected.
2. Ensure that they are clean.
3. Flatten the bags.
4. Sort by colours (optional).
5. Place into photocopy boxes 500-800 per box.
To find out where bags can be dropped off : you will find a list on the “network “ page or contact us.
B. Cut The Bags Into Strips for Weaving
1. Fold the bag in half lengthwise.
2. Fold it in half again lengthwise.
3. Cut off some of the bottom of the bag.
4. Cut off some of the top.
5. Cut the bag in half.
Notes: Keep the scraps to stuff pillows. Adults may want to cut a few at a time ( see Video 1)
If you plan to crochet the mat, you will cut thinner strips ( 1”/ 2 ½ cm to 2”/ 5cm).
C. Loop The Strips
If you plan to crochet the mat, you can make a long string and wind it into a ball called “plarn” ( plastic yarn).
D. Make A Weaving Frame
When building a frame, the most important thing is the distance from the screws on one end, to the screws on the opposite side of the frame. The screws should be placed one inch into the wood and stick up 1 inch. These screws hold the milk bag plastic for the weaving process. Place 36 to 40 screws on each end. This will ensure that the mat is wide enough for the person laying on it. One other thing, if you plan to weave around 2 strands of plastic, make sure you have an even number of screws on each end of your frame.
Weaving around 2 strands of plastic gives you a thick, cushy mat. Weaving around one strand makes a flatter mat. Both flat and thick mats are fine.
7 Loop Frame ( The Traditional Size) The diagonal pieces of wood in the corners are wonderful to hold the frame on a tabletop.
6 Loop Frame
The 6 loop frame, smaller than the one above, is constructed the very same way as the one above but from screw to screw it is 68 inches.
4 Loop Frame / Hinged Frame
This is a very unique frame: it is a 4 loop frame that is hinged in the middle to fold up. The screws are a distance of 46 inches ( 103 cm ) from one side to the opposing side.
Joining two of the 3 loop mats or two of the 4 loop mats together makes a nice size sleeping mat.
3 Loop Frame
The 3 loop frame is only 34,5 inches (77cm)from the screws along the edge of one side to the screws on the edge on the opposing side of the frame.
E. Make Pillows With Milk Bag Scraps
You wanted to know about the pillows. You can use any scrap fabric that is left over from people’s sewing projects. The pillows are not as large as the ones used on beds; usually they are about 12″ by 12″ or 14″ by 14 ”. Sew them around 3 and 1/2 sides, stuff them with the milk bag scraps and then hand sew the opening closed. Stuff the pillows really well; The more you stuff them the less noise they make when you put your head on it. Hope this helps.
How to make a handbag
You asked about making a handbag: Angela made a how to video. It is easy to follow.