Tip Time

November 19, 2010


Here’s something I learned long ago: How to fold up a plastic bag into a tidy triangle. You already know that I’m a big reusable bag freak, but I will admit that plastic bags have their uses. We use them at school to send peed-on clothes home (because nobody wants to reuse a bag after that), and occasionally I take the kids somewhere and it’s good to have along a plastic bag and and extra change of clothes. (Usually for the kids, not me.)

Ok, without further ado:

Flatten out the bag neatly and fold in half lengthways.

Be extremely, extremely symmetrical. Almost OCD about it.  In fact, you're doing that wrong.  Move over and let me do it.

Half again.

Like a strip of plastic waiting to blow into the ocean.

Now start at the bottom and do the flag fold almost all the way up.

When you get to the end….

I have a joke I need to send to my dad.

there’s a weird little tail. I fold it in half and stuff it in the little flap that’s nearby. I don’t know if this is how an actual flag is folded – I’m no Boy Scout, y’know.

G'night, weird little tail.

Ta Da! A nice flat triangle you can keep in your bag or glovebox, ready for any bag-related purpose.

Also good for keeping in your back pocket.

You’re welcome. (Please not that this is not the acceptable method for keeping bags around your house. That method involves stuffing them in some other bag in a very random, un-triangly manner.)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Tip Time”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ooo! Ooo! Do a swan next!


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Once upon a great while, when Charles & Deborah were at our house, I was folding several plastic bags that needed to be put away in a very similar fashion to what you have so beautifully demonstrated. I don’t recall exactly what Charles said, but it was something along these lines, “OCD issues? They’re just plastic bags.”

    Thanks, Lauren. You made my day.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Brilliant! How would I live without all your helpful hints Lauren?
    Off to fold up a few bags!

    How do you get a paper baby?
    Marry an old bag.


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