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Make Plarn & Crochet an Eco-Friendly Tote Bag handmade and vintage goods

Claire Baker grew up and lives in Montclair, NJ, where she creates repurposed products for her Etsy shop, Montclair Made. Combining the skills she learned as a weaving and textile design major at Rochester Institute of Technology with her desire to repurpose familiar items like cardboard packaging, grocery bags, vintage fabric, and sewing patterns, her products fuse nostalgia and sustainability in an effort to green our lives in a creative and colorful way.

Crocheting with plastic yarn, or “plarn,” is a fun way to repurpose plastic bags and create a reusable alternative that is durable and even recyclable! This sweet tote is a great project for beginning and experienced crocheters alike, and a perfect complement to our Earth Day celebrations! Once you’re comfortable with chaining, single crochet stitch, slip stitch, half double, and double crochet stitches, you’re ready to get started!

Supplies you’ll need:

20-25 clean grocery bags*
Plastic crochet hook, size 6.50mm K**

*Tip 1: When choosing bags for your plarn, consider color and texture. Try to keep all the bags for the project the same density: some bags are stretchy, some are crunchy. It’s best to keep your plarn consistent to achieve a good overall effect. When considering color, think about combining different color plastic bags to create a pattern of color, random color changes, or even create a look that doesn’t reflect plastic at all. For example, brown plastic bags can look like raffia and not at all like the original material when crocheted.

**Tip 2: While the pattern calls for a certain size crochet hook and a specific number of rows to stitch, there may be variation in your project due to the tightness of your stitches or the density of your plarn. Don’t feel like you have to follow the pattern to the letter. The number of rows in your project can differ from the pattern. The goal is to create a tote that is almost a perfect square, but not quite. You’ll know when you’ve stitched enough rows when the height of your project measures slightly less than the width before you’ve started crocheting the handles. This way you can use whatever size hook you’re comfortable with, stitch as many rows as you need to make your tote look nice, and have fun doing it!


1.  Flatten out your clean grocery bags and fold them in half. Cut off the handles.
2. Cut off the bottom of the bags. Place these cut off pieces into a pile for the recycling bin.

3. Flatten out the round piece of plastic you now have and fold it in half. Fold that into thirds. Fold that in half again. Cut this folded piece into 1 inch pieces, discarding the pieces from both ends. I often layer 3 of the flat pieces and fold and cut them up together to save time, since we have so many bags to do. You can also cut them quickly on a cutting board with a rotary cutter and metal t-square.
4. Now we have created plastic loops that can be connected to create the plarn. Bring one loop through another.

5. Pull the other end of the loop through the end you just put through the first loop. They should now be connected.
6. Slowly and with finesse, pull the loops tight. You want that connection to be as flat and smooth as possible. If your loop is weak and breaks simply put it in your recycling pile and go on to the next piece.

7. Wind your plarn into a ball that feeds out of the center.
8. Create a slip knot and place it on your crochet hook.

9. Chain 20 stitches.
10. Stitch half double crochet for the body of the bag.

Tip: Make your stitches loose! You will become frustrated if your stitches are too tight. Do yourself a favor and keep it loose.

11. Crochet the tail in as you work.
12. Work in the round. No need to chain and turn, simply continue into the next stitch for the entire project.

13. After 4 rows of half double turn your work. It’s now right-side-out and you will continue working to left instead of to the right like before you turned it.

14. Complete 14 rows of half double crochet. If your stitches are tighter or looser you may need to do more or less rows. The goal is to have your bag slightly wider than it is tall at this point.
15. Now you will use single crochet. Do 6 stitches of single crochet.

16. Now you’re ready to make the first handle. Chain 20 stitches. Hold it up to the bag and see how you like that length. Want longer/shorter handles? Simply chain more/less stitches. Be careful not to twist your handle as you’re chaining. Count 8 stitches from where the chain started on your work and attach your chain to the bag with a single crochet stitch.
17. Stitch 12 single crochet stitches around to the other side.

Tip: Feel free to alter the pattern. Make the handles longer, the bag wider, more flowers. Be creative!

18. Now you’ll make the other handle. Chain 20, count 8 stitches along on your work, and attach the chain with a single crochet stitch, just like you did on the other side for the first handle. Make sure they look even. If not, find the place where they are even by holding the chain up to your bag and attach it there.
19. Now simply stitch single crochet all the way around and onto the handle, stitching into your chain stitches.

20. Continue stitching into your chain stitches, widening your handle.
21. Continue using single crochet and stitch along the other handle.

22. Stitch a few more single crochet stitches until you’re at the fold of the bag and the top looks even. Slip stitch and finish the ends off by hiding them in the stitches on the inside of the bag.
23. Attach the flower. Enjoy!


Abbreviation Key:
ch = chain stitch
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet stitch
hdc = half double crochet stitch
dc = double crochet stitch

Instructions for the Plarn Tote, for the crochet-inclined
ch 20.
Stitch hdc in the round. Crochet the tail into your work.
After 4 rows hdc turn your work right side out. Continue working hdc to the left now.
Complete 14 rows hdc.
Stich 6 sc.
ch 20. Count 8 stitches on your work and attach your chain with sc.
Stitch 12 sc.
ch 20. Count 8 stitches on your work and attach your chain with sc just like you did on the first side.
Stitch sc around and onto the first handle.
Stitch sc along the handle.
Continue sc around to the other handle.
Stitch sc to edge. ss and finish ends off by hiding them in the stitches on the inside of the bag.

Attach the flower.

Instructions for Flower
ch 4.
ss into first stitch to make circle.
work 10 sc around circle, crochet tail in as you work.
join by ss into first sc.
first petal: into first stitch do sc, 3 dc, sc. ss into next stitch.
repeat petal stitches 4 more times to make five petals.
ss into last stitch and finish by hiding ends in the back.


Thank you to Claire Baker from Montclair Made for sharing this project with us. Be sure to join us at Craft Night — in Brooklyn and online — on April 19, 2010 for more plarny tips!


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  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry says:

    Great article!

    6 years ago

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor says:

    What a super way to recycle plastic bags! Thanks for the idea!

    6 years ago

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere says:

    YOU ARE GREAT! I'll just try a super bag. Thanks a lot

    6 years ago

  • ooty

    ooty says:

    great! I love it =) Thanks!!

    6 years ago

  • chenzi

    chenzi says:

    This is a fabulous write up! I really enjoy hearing new ways to make recycled products, especially something so cute!

    6 years ago

  • positiveflow

    positiveflow says:

    Great idea for the beach as the sand will fall through and it can get wet Go girl.....

    6 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Wow! I don't even crochet, but I forwarded this to my friend who does. Hunting through bags right now. Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign says:

    fun:) I can't wait to try this! It's such a fun & cheap idea. Great post!

    6 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    love this! I crochet a big scarf out of my fabric scraps while I was recouping from surgery. It was too fun:)

    6 years ago

  • efiwarsh

    efiwarsh says:

    Thank you,Claire! You are so kind to share your technique. I always amazed by this making trash into something new and useful beautiful creations! Thank you again!

    6 years ago

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet says:

    I've totally heard of this! Cool!

    6 years ago

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush says:

    Good article. recycle and reuse!

    6 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Great article

    6 years ago

  • rawfish

    rawfish says:

    can't wait to make this in person on monday! :D always such a blast at etsy craft nights :)

    6 years ago

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    Perfect and so adorable! Great job :)

    6 years ago

  • bertiescloset

    bertiescloset says:

    nice recycling.

    6 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    These bags are interesting. I'd like to feel one of them.

    6 years ago

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby says:

    Super cute idea! Going to a landfill is depressing. Recycle!

    6 years ago

  • BeautifulPhotoProps

    BeautifulPhotoProps says:

    Excellent, what a great idea!!

    6 years ago

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign says:

    Beautifully documented! Excellent presentation!

    6 years ago

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt says:

    Cool. Thank you for sharing how to make the plarn. That was helpful. Happy Earth Day!!

    6 years ago

  • IchaSupplies

    IchaSupplies says:

    Great job! I'll try asap! :)

    6 years ago

  • BellyAntButton

    BellyAntButton says:

    Awesome! Great fun project

    6 years ago

  • Harem6

    Harem6 says:

    Wow!!!!! Amazinggggg !!!!

    6 years ago

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates says:

    I totally want to try this. I've seen items made of plarn before, and now I know how the end products are created! Fabulous! :)

    6 years ago

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities says:

    WOW!!! This project totally rocks!!! LOVE it! can't wait to make some plarn of my own and get started!!!

    6 years ago

  • LateToTheRevolution

    LateToTheRevolution says:

    .. oh the patience! love it!

    6 years ago

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 says:

    Wonderful idea! The best part is that it is cheap and absolutely adjustable: you can use the grocery bags of your favorite color(s) and make the totes of any size! Striped totes (black/white, blue/white, white/red, orange/purple) are really unique.

    6 years ago

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo says:

    this is a really fun idea and you know, anyone who makes an effort to recycle and reuse to help the envionment is just as clever as this idea.

    6 years ago

  • mazuli83

    mazuli83 says:

    awsome recycling artwork

    6 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    This would be perfect to use in my garden! Dirt, water, no problem!

    6 years ago

  • KasiasCreations

    KasiasCreations says:

    This is a nifty idea. I will have to give it a try.

    6 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says: idea..:)

    6 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Wonderful idea!

    6 years ago

  • mykonos

    mykonos says:

    wow!! great lesson!!

    6 years ago

  • MoonBead805

    MoonBead805 says:

    Awesome! I have one in the works as we speak. Takes alot of bags but sofar looks great!

    6 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    these are awesome! I wish I had the patience to learn to crochet!

    6 years ago

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories says:

    OMG, speechless

    6 years ago

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco says:

    Shut the front door! That is too cute:) Love love love!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • ScrubsbyStudds

    ScrubsbyStudds says:

    Awesome! Great idea!

    6 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    so cool. what a great way to recycle bags!

    6 years ago

  • ozjools

    ozjools says:

    Thanks for giving so freely of your expertise - now we might be able to get rid of those dreaded plastic bags we still accumulate despite our best efforts.

    6 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Oh my god....I LOVE IT! Heidi

    6 years ago

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie says:

    I am so going to make this!

    6 years ago

  • gertuine

    gertuine says:

    when I see projects like this, I really want to learn how to crochet! I know it looks easy enough to me, but I just haven't gotten around to doing it. This is great inspiration!

    6 years ago

  • GramminsTreasures

    GramminsTreasures says:

    YOU are amazing!

    6 years ago

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo says:

    Uhm. That is the awesomest thing EVER. I don't want to throw anything away anymore.

    6 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    How awesome it would be to be crocheting with plastic bags at my next craft show instead of knitting when it's slow. Thanks for the all the details!

    6 years ago

  • TipieTipieTop

    TipieTipieTop says:

    wow.. for once i liked plastic bags!

    6 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    I need to crochet. What a super way to recycle bags!

    6 years ago

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress says:

    Such a cute and clever way to reuse! Thanks for sharing!!

    6 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    This is so cute and seems like lots of fun. I wish I could be there in person.

    6 years ago

  • craftpile

    craftpile says:


    6 years ago

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire says:

    this is so cool; thanks!

    6 years ago

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 says:

    Wonderful article, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • masonbee

    masonbee says:

    This is beautiful. I only knit - however, now must learn to crochet just so I can make this bag. Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies says:

    Love this! Stylish plastic!

    6 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    I love this. Now I'm off to gather up all the bags I can find in my house!

    6 years ago

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou says:

    wow that looks like alot of work! Great idea!

    6 years ago

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch says:

    Wow I love this! Gonna send this link to my mum - I think she'll like it too!

    6 years ago

  • Beegrl88

    Beegrl88 says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to make these, but have never found a pattern! This is awesome - I love recycling!

    6 years ago

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels says:

    This is great. I tried to do the same thing but knit it with big needles. It was too hard on my hands so I had to give up. Now I can use all that 'bag yarn' I made after all! Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • thaiamuletluckbuddha

    thaiamuletluckbuddha says:

    Most excellent. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo says:

    Excelent idea, great eco tutorial !! Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • Yoola

    Yoola says:

    Thank you !! Im going to make one... soooon.... well, if i have the time :)

    6 years ago

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture says:

    Wow!Thanks a lot for sharing! You are good idea!

    6 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Great article!Excelent idea many thanks !

    6 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Very interesting article. Thank you.

    6 years ago

  • IrinaArtSmi

    IrinaArtSmi says:

    Beautiful works !!!

    6 years ago

  • meteor

    meteor says:

    Great article!...Thank you :)

    6 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Nice idea.

    6 years ago

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary says:

    i AM in love with these plarn bags! i want to make some now....i'm all inspired! thanks for the article!~ophelia

    6 years ago

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign says:

    oh, so cool! I want to pick up my hook again! thanks.

    6 years ago

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns says:

    Great article!

    6 years ago

  • MichalMenahem

    MichalMenahem says:

    WOW - I love the Idea - thank you so much!

    6 years ago

  • battysbath

    battysbath says:

    I'm definitely going to try out this project! I'm bookmarking it for the end of the month (when I'm done exams). I've always wanted to try crochet and this looks like the perfect place to start! Thanks :)

    6 years ago

  • MichalMenahem

    MichalMenahem says:

    WOW - this is onderful - such a great idea!

    6 years ago

  • MagicLace

    MagicLace says:

    Perfect - I love the idea fo saving trees! thank you so much for sharing this beautiful bag!

    6 years ago

  • bialakura

    bialakura says:

    great:) I've already tried T-shirt yarn (even made a rug), this article makes me want to try bag yarn now! if I only had such bright colored bags;)

    6 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great idea

    6 years ago

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth says:

    Awesome, I have always wanted to try this! Thanks:)

    6 years ago

  • greentrunkclothing

    greentrunkclothing says:

    Great article...I've been wanting to know how to make those I just need to learn to Crochet! So much t learn so little time. :p

    6 years ago

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage says:

    cool! thanks; i love your shop!!

    6 years ago

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign says:

    just what I needed - one more project I'll just have to try. ;) Thanks for sharing your expertise!

    6 years ago

  • PaleHorseStudios

    PaleHorseStudios says:

    You featured my bag at the end of your Storque article on plarn, THANK YOU!! It really made my day, and lots of loving viewers have been stopping through my shop. What a treat, thanks! Best Wishes, Laura at PaleHorseStudios.

    6 years ago

  • creativebusybee

    creativebusybee says:

    Love this idea.

    6 years ago

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator says:

    This is great! I saw someone say they only knit, as do I, but you can knit up a bag like this just as easily! Don't be deterred by not being a crocheter. I make plarn as well, but I find that there is an easier way so that you don't have to chain all those loops together. Here's a link to having one continuous string of a single plastic bag. Enjoy!

    6 years ago

  • studio1950

    studio1950 says:

    What a great idea! It inspires me to also make use of some of the vintage clothing pieces that have stacked up because they aren't good enough to sell, but are too special to part with. I am going to get busy soon! Kathleen

    6 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    Very innovative!

    6 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great project, useful solution to recycling plastic bags.

    6 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    all my plastic bags are white. the yellow, with bits of red and green looks wonderful.

    6 years ago

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd says:

    What a GREAT idea, where I live the bags are an ugly brown or just white. I would love some color but then this is about recycling not color! TY

    6 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    Great use of plastic bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • OpendoorHandmade

    OpendoorHandmade says:

    I love this idea! I conducted an estate sale this weekend and we unearthed a circular rug done from vintage wonderbread wrappers! they were doing it back in the day too!!! just added that fun pop of color!

    6 years ago

  • 4pippi

    4pippi says:

    I love it! I can't wait to make one of my own. When I was a kid, I remember my friend's grandma used to make things from plarn like rugs and bags.

    6 years ago

  • edithandeddie

    edithandeddie says:

    SO smart!

    6 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

    This is awesome!

    6 years ago

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape says:

    What a fun way to recycle these plastic bags!Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • MillysBalloon

    MillysBalloon says:

    I love this idea! I am so going to try one of these. c:

    6 years ago

  • PooknflipProductions

    PooknflipProductions says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! What a great way to reduce & reuse. I cannot wait to try this!

    6 years ago

  • womackworks

    womackworks says:

    instead of disposing of the oops loops, slice into 1/2" lengths, use a smaller size hook (approximately an N) and crochet a tight circle round. makes a great scrubby for the kitchen!

    6 years ago

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns says:

    Wow! Very interesting!

    6 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

    Its so important to recycle either by designing it or buying vintage. Love this article!!! Thanks for sharing it! Emily at EL Vintage

    6 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Oh that is really cool!!! I think I have about a million of those bags in my cabinet!! We re-use them all of the time, but we always end up with more than we can use. Now I know what to do with them!!

    6 years ago

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones says:

    How cool is that!?! Never thought to crochet those pesky bags. What a great idea! Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • kittyhans

    kittyhans says:

    I am so inspired by this! Great use of color

    6 years ago

  • babycrochet4u

    babycrochet4u says:

    This is so cool!!!!

    6 years ago

  • Beast1277

    Beast1277 says:

    This is a beautiful purse!!

    6 years ago

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard says:

    Love her!!! SHE JUST ALWAYS HAS GREAT ITEMS! Congrats Clair!

    6 years ago

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite says:

    great article! our newspaper comes in plastic every morning- very irritating- and this is what I do with those bags. the fun part is they are bright colors.

    6 years ago

  • anoudesign

    anoudesign says:

    Finally something positive about plastic bags. Couple of interesting tutorials too about recycling I should try too...

    6 years ago

  • Quiltngbug

    Quiltngbug says:

    Great article for getting rid of those plastic bags. If you make the bag big enough, use it for grocery shopping ! Thank you for the ideas.

    6 years ago

  • FizzyPopLocks

    FizzyPopLocks says:

    I can't wait to make some plarn!

    6 years ago

  • imaginebelievecreate

    imaginebelievecreate says:

    I love that bag!! Great recycling idea!

    6 years ago

  • perebags

    perebags says:

    Awesome article! Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    WOW! This is great! Beautiful work!

    6 years ago

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt says:

    Way to re-use the plastic...thanks for very clear instructions.

    6 years ago

  • queenofnostalgia

    queenofnostalgia says:

    Very cool! I was just sorting my plastic bags the other day, wishing I could find something to do with them... Thanks! :)

    6 years ago

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit says:

    Great tutorial! Love the little flower embellishment :)

    6 years ago

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit says:

    Great tutorial! Love the little flower embellishment :)

    6 years ago

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta says:

    Oooohhhh great! If only knew to crochet properly :/ Is an awesome idea yo apply to this project and many others! thanx for sharing

    6 years ago

  • Sweetpearlvintage

    Sweetpearlvintage says:

    Too cool! I'm going to try to make it this weekend.

    6 years ago

  • BucketBooks

    BucketBooks says:

    Awesome way to close the loop. I love it!!

    6 years ago

  • RedLicoriceKids

    RedLicoriceKids says:

    I am definetly going to make this. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    6 years ago

  • ralexandrap

    ralexandrap says:

    I knew I've been stocking up on grocery bags for a reason! What an awesome idea and a cute pattern to boot!

    6 years ago

  • Abbsquake

    Abbsquake says:

    Should this Craft Night be posted on the virtual labs schedule? I don't see it when I click on the online link, but I would love to watch it...this is a great project! Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • designedbags123

    designedbags123 says:

    Beautiful!! That's a great idea! Luv it!

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    yay claire! yay etsynj team!

    6 years ago

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade says:

    This is a Great way to reuse those plastic bags I keep saving because I don't want them to end up in the landfill. I use paper whenever I can but many places don't give an option anymore and for some reason I sometimes forget to put my canvas totes back in the car after shopping. Three cheers for Claire.

    6 years ago

  • nirenialccm

    nirenialccm says: I made my own bag from this, and using the brown really made it look nice and fresh for spring!

    6 years ago

  • AbbysInspiration

    AbbysInspiration says:

    Thanks, I can't wait to get started on one for myself.

    6 years ago

  • Kruser

    Kruser says:

    Thanks for featuring my listings of floral plarn and one of my plarn handbags!

    6 years ago

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 says:

    Great article and great lab

    6 years ago

  • soberwear

    soberwear says:

    Hi, this article is great and the "plarn" is such a super concept! Thanks for sharing this. I love it!

    6 years ago

  • foundlingfox

    foundlingfox says:

    Here is a picture of the yellow-orange-green-blue plarn bag I crocheted!

    6 years ago

  • ellesbeads

    ellesbeads says:

    This bag is awesome! I really wish I knew how to crochet...I should probably learn.

    6 years ago

  • nittin

    nittin says:

    superb article, thanks so much for sharing it. I had no idea why I was doing it at the time, but I saved all my shopping bags from 3 years of business trips to Singapore. Now I know what to do with them!

    6 years ago

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations says:

    I think that these are cool! Now I need to teach myself how to crochet!

    6 years ago

  • extrafinecreations

    extrafinecreations says:

    This article was great - something I have been wanting to try. Thanks so much.

    6 years ago

  • JustBeadItDesigns

    JustBeadItDesigns says:

    Love this recycled bag. I want to make one for myself!

    6 years ago

  • kpdreams

    kpdreams says:

    Thanks, using this info to make me a "braided rug" for my show set up. It will make it more "homey".

    6 years ago

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika says:

    Agh!!! My grandmother used to do this kind of crocheted bags when i was a child, about 30 years ago!! :D I'm so happy this technique is fashionable today ;)

    6 years ago

  • IzzysOrganicObjects

    IzzysOrganicObjects says:

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for the idea!

    6 years ago

  • ernielow

    ernielow says:

    Great article! Here's how mine turned out.

    5 years ago

  • siamcollectible

    siamcollectible says:

    Wow!! I AM A PLASTIC BAG!!! I'm totally in love with all these bags, All inspired! Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • TansyPansy

    TansyPansy says:

    my mom made one for me... love it :))

    5 years ago

  • sandyrob

    sandyrob says:

    my mom just passed away and left a large box of cut strips, joined and rolled into balls of recycled bags for crochet. I will send them to a good home that will use them as I know she spent many hours getting the plarn ready for projects.

    5 years ago

  • lynncorr

    lynncorr says:

    I'm inspired and will get started on making plarn this week. Wonder if the bags holding newspapers delivered to our house can also be used. They are quite colorful.

    5 years ago

  • kikallia

    kikallia says:

    Wow great use for plastic bags, the earth will be greatfull and we will be crafty and challenged :)

    4 years ago

  • maxpak

    max pak says:

    I totally want to try this. I’ve seen items made of plarn before, and now I know how the end products are created! Fabulous! vinyl gloves

    4 years ago

  • brendascrochet15

    Brenda from brendascrochetnsuch says:

    I'm a little late getting in on the action... This is a cool project. I'm trying to use my reusable bags and totes; but those horrid plastic bags manage to make their way into the house. This will be great to use my bags. Thanks for posting.

    3 years ago

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR says:

    i love this idea, i will try to do it one of this days

    3 years ago

  • 1happystar

    Jenny Jean says:

    You kick a@*! My Girl Scout troop is going to follow your instructions! Tonight! And I don't even know how! Good times, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • vdownham

    vdownham from Eclectasism says:

    Looks like I'm not an early adopter, but, i'm going to try this.

    2 years ago

  • peggylarkinchiarello

    Peggy Larkin-Chiarello says:

    Finally a good tutorial on how to make the entire project - now I know I will need 20 to 30 bags...thanks!

    2 years ago

  • RustedSTARjewelry

    amber hennessey from RustedStarStudio says:

    Something good to do with those dang dollar store plastic bags :) Rainy day project! I'm so doing it!

    2 years ago

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    Gilly Maddison from ImagesForCrafts says:

    Wonderful idea. Never done crochet - maybe should practice with yarn first. But what a great way to recycle!

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    Amanda Aleman from Summerleighs says:

    *squeeee* I LOVE this! I was looking for something new to crochet and this is perfect AND eco-friendly. Pure awesome genius!

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