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Make Plarn & Crochet an Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

Apr 13, 2010

by MontclairMade

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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**
Scissors

*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!

Directions:


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!

Pattern:

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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176 comments

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 6 years ago

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

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 6 years ago

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

  • ooty

    ooty said 6 years ago

    great! I love it =) Thanks!!

  • chenzi

    chenzi said 6 years ago

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

  • positiveflow

    positiveflow said 6 years ago

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

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

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

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

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

  • efiwarsh

    efiwarsh said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet said 6 years ago

    I've totally heard of this! Cool!

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 6 years ago

    Good article. recycle and reuse!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Great article

  • rawfish

    rawfish said 6 years ago

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

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    Perfect and so adorable! Great job :)

  • bertiescloset

    bertiescloset said 6 years ago

    nice recycling.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

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

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

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

  • BeautifulPhotoProps

    BeautifulPhotoProps said 6 years ago

    Excellent, what a great idea!!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 6 years ago

    Beautifully documented! Excellent presentation!

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 6 years ago

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

  • IchaSupplies

    IchaSupplies said 6 years ago

    Great job! I'll try asap! :)

  • BellyAntButton

    BellyAntButton said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Great fun project

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 6 years ago

    Wow!!!!! Amazinggggg !!!!

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates said 6 years ago

    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! :)

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 6 years ago

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

  • LateToTheRevolution

    LateToTheRevolution said 6 years ago

    .. oh the patience! love it!

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 6 years ago

    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.

  • mazuli83

    mazuli83 said 6 years ago

    awsome recycling artwork

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

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

  • KasiasCreations

    KasiasCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    Whoa...cool idea..:)

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Wonderful idea!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 6 years ago

    wow!! great lesson!!

  • MoonBead805

    MoonBead805 said 6 years ago

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

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 6 years ago

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

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 6 years ago

    OMG, speechless

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco said 6 years ago

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

  • ScrubsbyStudds

    ScrubsbyStudds said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Great idea!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    so cool. what a great way to recycle bags!

  • ozjools

    ozjools said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

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

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie said 6 years ago

    I am so going to make this!

  • gertuine

    gertuine said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GramminsTreasures

    GramminsTreasures said 6 years ago

    YOU are amazing!

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 6 years ago

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

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 6 years ago

    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!

  • TipieTipieTop

    TipieTipieTop said 6 years ago

    wow.. for once i liked plastic bags!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 6 years ago

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

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    Cute!!!

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire said 6 years ago

    this is so cool; thanks!

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, thanks!

  • masonbee

    masonbee said 6 years ago

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

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    Love this! Stylish plastic!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    wow that looks like alot of work! Great idea!

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 6 years ago

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

  • Beegrl88

    Beegrl88 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels said 6 years ago

    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.

  • thaiamuletluckbuddha

    thaiamuletluckbuddha said 6 years ago

    Most excellent. Thanks!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 6 years ago

    Excelent idea, great eco tutorial !! Thanks.

  • Yoola

    Yoola said 6 years ago

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

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture said 6 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great article!Excelent idea many thanks !

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 6 years ago

    Very interesting article. Thank you.

  • IrinaArtSmi

    IrinaArtSmi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works !!!

  • meteor

    meteor said 6 years ago

    Great article!...Thank you :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Nice idea.

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 6 years ago

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

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 6 years ago

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

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • MichalMenahem

    MichalMenahem said 6 years ago

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

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • MichalMenahem

    MichalMenahem said 6 years ago

    WOW - this is onderful - such a great idea!

  • MagicLace

    MagicLace said 6 years ago

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

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 6 years ago

    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;)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great idea

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth said 6 years ago

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

  • greentrunkclothing

    greentrunkclothing said 6 years ago

    Great article...I've been wanting to know how to make those bags...no I just need to learn to Crochet! So much t learn so little time. :p

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 6 years ago

    cool! thanks; i love your shop!!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 6 years ago

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

  • PaleHorseStudios

    PaleHorseStudios said 6 years ago

    You featured my bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42812792 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.

  • creativebusybee

    creativebusybee said 6 years ago

    Love this idea.

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 6 years ago

    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! http://www.pieandcoffee.org/2005/11/17/how-to-knit-a-plastic-bag/

  • studio1950

    studio1950 said 6 years ago

    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

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    Very innovative!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great project, useful solution to recycling plastic bags.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

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

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 6 years ago

    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

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

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

  • OpendoorHandmade

    OpendoorHandmade said 6 years ago

    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!

  • 4pippi

    4pippi said 6 years ago

    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.

  • edithandeddie

    edithandeddie said 6 years ago

    SO smart!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 6 years ago

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

  • MillysBalloon

    MillysBalloon said 6 years ago

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

  • PooknflipProductions

    PooknflipProductions said 6 years ago

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

  • womackworks

    womackworks said 6 years ago

    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!

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow! Very interesting!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    Its so important to recycle either by designing it or buying vintage. Love this article!!! Thanks for sharing it! Emily at EL Vintage http://styleforlifelosangeles.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/ELVintage

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 6 years ago

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

  • kittyhans

    kittyhans said 6 years ago

    I am so inspired by this! Great use of color

  • babycrochet4u

    babycrochet4u said 6 years ago

    This is so cool!!!!

  • Beast1277

    Beast1277 said 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful purse!!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 6 years ago

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

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 6 years ago

    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.

  • anoudesign

    anoudesign said 6 years ago

    Finally something positive about plastic bags. Couple of interesting tutorials too about recycling http://www.birdsbeforethestorm.net/2008/09/how-to-crotchet-with-reused-plastic-bags/ http://www.escamastudio.com/how_to.html I should try too...

  • Quiltngbug

    Quiltngbug said 6 years ago

    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.

  • FizzyPopLocks

    FizzyPopLocks said 6 years ago

    I can't wait to make some plarn!

  • imaginebelievecreate

    imaginebelievecreate said 6 years ago

    I love that bag!! Great recycling idea!

  • perebags

    perebags said 6 years ago

    Awesome article! Thanks for sharing!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    WOW! This is great! Beautiful work!

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 6 years ago

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

  • queenofnostalgia

    queenofnostalgia said 6 years ago

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

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 6 years ago

    Great tutorial! Love the little flower embellishment :)

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 6 years ago

    Great tutorial! Love the little flower embellishment :)

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

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

  • Sweetpearlvintage

    Sweetpearlvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • BucketBooks

    BucketBooks said 6 years ago

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

  • RedLicoriceKids

    RedLicoriceKids said 6 years ago

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

  • ralexandrap

    ralexandrap said 6 years ago

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

  • Abbsquake

    Abbsquake said 6 years ago

    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!

  • designedbags123

    designedbags123 said 6 years ago

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

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 said 6 years ago

    yay claire! yay etsynj team!

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 6 years ago

    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.

  • nirenialccm

    nirenialccm said 6 years ago

    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_vcJATcGmXKo/S8pxe1eGZJI/AAAAAAAAImU/p7vx1ge0taA/s640/2010-04-17-22.39.39.jpg I made my own bag from this, and using the brown really made it look nice and fresh for spring!

  • AbbysInspiration

    AbbysInspiration said 6 years ago

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

  • Kruser

    Kruser said 6 years ago

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

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 6 years ago

    Great article and great lab

  • soberwear

    soberwear said 6 years ago

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

  • foundlingfox

    foundlingfox said 6 years ago

    Here is a picture of the yellow-orange-green-blue plarn bag I crocheted! http://twitpic.com/1gw1tu

  • ellesbeads

    ellesbeads said 6 years ago

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

  • nittin

    nittin said 6 years ago

    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!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • extrafinecreations

    extrafinecreations said 6 years ago

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

  • JustBeadItDesigns

    JustBeadItDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • kpdreams

    kpdreams said 6 years ago

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

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika said 6 years ago

    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 ;)

  • IzzysOrganicObjects

    IzzysOrganicObjects said 6 years ago

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for the idea!

  • ernielow

    ernielow said 6 years ago

    Great article! Here's how mine turned out. http://bit.ly/9ngovy

  • siamcollectible

    siamcollectible said 6 years ago

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

  • TansyPansy

    TansyPansy said 5 years ago

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

  • sandyrob

    sandyrob said 5 years ago

    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.

  • lynncorr

    lynncorr said 5 years ago

    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.

  • kikallia

    kikallia said 5 years ago

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

  • maxpak

    max pak said 4 years ago

    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

  • brendascrochet15

    Brenda from brendascrochetnsuch said 4 years ago

    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.

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 4 years ago

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

  • 1happystar

    Jenny Jean said 4 years ago

    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!

  • vdownham

    vdownham from Eclectasism said 3 years ago

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

  • peggylarkinchiarello

    Peggy Larkin-Chiarello said 2 years ago

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

  • RustedSTARjewelry

    amber hennessey from RustedStarStudio said 2 years ago

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

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