Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Making Recycled Newsprint Purses

This week has found Penny (our missions intern) and I learning how to make recycled newsprint purses. We are using a local Mexican newspaper and celophane wrapping plastic (to make it waterproof and shiny).
We begin by cutting both into pieces measuring 2"x4 1/2" and folding them into the "links" for the chain.
Then we slide them into each other to make the chain. We have made several chains so far of 60 pieces each. We will need about 6 chains to complete the purse.
Then we will be "sewing" the chains together with clear fishing line, attaching a zipper and making and attaching a clutch wrist strap (that seems to be the desired handle).

It is fun, but very tedious and time-consuming. I will let you know when we finish and are able to post onto our Hope House Etsy Store. You can see other items there now, including some candy wrapper purses, recycled shopping bag tote and rag quilt.

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Gray Matters said...

Great idea - I'm sure it is a lot of work but it must feel great to repurpose paper! Thanks.

Marie said...

I'd love to see the finished product.