How to Make a Plastic Mirror

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You can sew a plastic mirror with the use of plastic mirror sheeting.
You can sew a plastic mirror with the use of plastic mirror sheeting. (Image: machine à coudre image by ataly from Fotolia.com)

Plastic mirrors can be made at home in about 30 minutes. Great for storing in your purse, gym bag or locker, flexible plastic mirrors are unbreakable and safe to use for any occasion. Children and teens can use plastic mirrors without fear of injury, and if the mirror gets lost, there is no expensive product to replace. Customize your plastic mirrors with your choice of colored double-fold bias tape. With moderate sewing machine skills, you can sew a plastic mirror that will endure wear and tear better than a traditional glass mirror.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic mirror sheet—double sided, 6 inches width by 9 inches length (standard)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Double fold bias tape —17 inches in length
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine needle 110/18 for leather and non-woven thick materials
  • Thread—color matched to bias tape
  • Jar lid (optional)

Use your ruler to measure two 4-inches long by 4-inches wide squares on the plastic mirror sheet. Plastic mirror sheets are flexible and easy to cut.

Cut the square from the plastic mirror sheet. Use your scissors to cut and round the corners of the square. If you’re having trouble evenly rounding the corners, use a jar lid held to the corner and cut around the rounded portion of the lid.

Install a sewing machine needle (110/18) intended for the sewing of leather or another thick, non-woven material into your sewing machine according to the instructions in your sewing machine manual. Thread your machine as usual.

Use a sewing machine needle intended for sewing non-woven, thick materials.
Use a sewing machine needle intended for sewing non-woven, thick materials. (Image: box for needle image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Insert one edge of the plastic mirror square into the fold of the double folded bias tape. Because double folded bias tape has been double folded, there are no raw fabric edges that require hemming.

Use a wide zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew the double fold bias tape onto the plastic mirror square. Rotate your mirror, continuing to insert the mirror edge into the fold of the bias tape as you sew, until you have reached your original sewing spot. Turn the raw fabric end under and sew. Cut thread.

Use a wide zigzag stitch to sew the bias tape onto the mirror edges.
Use a wide zigzag stitch to sew the bias tape onto the mirror edges. (Image: zig zag image by Magalice from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase plastic mirror sheets at craft and scrapbook stores and online retailers. Plastic mirror sheets are available in many sizes and are single or double-sided. By using a double-sided plastic mirror sheet, your plastic mirror can be utilized from either side. Attach self-adhesive Velcro patches to the back of the plastic mirror and to the inside of your purse, gym bag or diaper bag to find your mirror quickly every time you need it. Plastic mirrors can also be attached to the inside of locker doors or anywhere else a mirror is required but breakage chances are high. Keep a plastic mirror in your car's glove box for quick cosmetic touch-ups on the road.

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