Amy from Crafty Amy shows us how to upcycle a record into a bag in this cool upcycling project. The records make a great bag and the offcuts can be used to make something else such as a bracelet, ring or a phone stand.
We recommend that you use records from the 1970’s onwards as older records tend to be thicker and are more difficult to cut and manipulate.
If you don’t have a heat gun you could heat the records in the oven at 200º for a couple of minutes and then (ensure that you wear heatproof gloves for this) cut the lengths with scissors. Heat and cut the records one at a time, you may have to reheat each record a couple of times to complete the cutting process. Then you can use a strong glue (E600, fabric glue or a hot glue gun) to adhere the fabric to the records (rather than stitching).
The materials and equipment that you will need to make your upcycled record bag are listed below.
- 2 LP records (from 1970s onwards)
- 1/4 yard of vinyl / leather / fabric
- A long zip (the same width as the record)
- Black canvas (enough to line around the zip)
- Embroidery thread (to match or contrast your fabric)
- Chain (enough for 2 lengths to form shoulder straps)
- 4 bag feet
- Cardboard (to strengthen the base)
- Measuring tape
- Sharpie marker pen (contrasting colour from the record)
- Heatproof gloves
- Heated knife with (cutting head and hole punch head)
- Acetone (to clean the sharpie from the record)
- E600 glue
- Sewing machine
Send us a picture of your upcycled record creations and we’ll showcase it for you!