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Recycled Valentines Projects

February 11, 2024 No comments yet
Recycled Valentine

I wanted to revisited some of my recycled Valentine’s themed projects. Over the years, I have crocheted and sewn several fun projects that might inspire some of you to try these for Valentine’s Day. Plus it’s eye candy for any plarn and denim lovers out there.

Here is a recycled plastic Valentine’s card holder that adults and children can both make together. It uses some pieces of red and white recycled plastic bags, scrap yarn, ribbon and a small remnant of red felt to make. The full picture tutorial and directions can be found at the fused plastic Valentine’s heart link.

Here is a little Valentine’s basket that is crocheted using recycled plastic bags or plarn.

This little basket or bag could be used to hold Valentine cards or as a little gift bag for a loved one. The free pattern is found here.

I promised some recycled denim projects and here are a few cute little purses to share.

Seamless Helmet Hat

January 24, 2024 No comments yet
Seamless Crocheted Helmet Hat

I have an option now for my original crocheted helmet hat pattern. This option allows for a seamless crocheted hat so you don’t have the noticeable seam down one side.

Seamless hat option:
Start with a magic circle or you can chain 3 to create a ring to crochet into. You don’t join or work any chain 2 to begin each round. You simply crochet into the next stitch of each round without turning or joining.

Round 1 – 6 DC in magic circle (6) (corrections made 1-30-2024)
Round 2 – 2 SC in each stitch (12)
Round 3 – 2 DC in each stitch (24)
Round 4 – Now starting with original hat pattern, work round 3,

Baby Granny Lovey

January 10, 2024 No comments yet
Granny Lovey Center Hole Start

Babypoohsmom from Crochetville shared with me her crocheted baby lovey or lovie, using a store-bought stuffed animal. You crochet the lovey separate with a hole in the center for the stuffed animal. This way the lovey can be washed without the stuffed animal if necessary.

Using a ponytail hair tie, you crochet around the tie with 36 stitches. I used a H (5 mm) crochet hook for my baby granny stitch lovey. The pattern used is based off this YouTube video.

This is a Dollar Store bear that is about 5 inches tall. You can use any type of stuffed animal that you can fit into the center hole. I am planning on recycling some stuffies that I find in gently used condition for future projects.

I did 3 rounds of double crochet (DC) in the same brown color as the base row around the hair tie. Then 3 rounds in cream, 3 rounds in brown, 1 round in cream, 1 round in berry red, 1 round in cream again followed by 1 round of SC in cream yarn for trim. Finished size of the lovey is 15 inches wide.

I do my granny stitch start corners a little different. For granny corner start I chain 3,

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

December 17, 2023 No comments yet
Recycled Old Christmas Cards into Ornaments

If you are like me, you just hate not saving those pretty Christmas cards that you receive each year. So let’s recycle those beautiful old cards into something new and keep on enjoying them.

Here is a before photo of the cards that I punched holes all around the edges.

Next you just need a small crochet hook to work into the holes. I use a small hole punch and a C (2.75 mm) crochet hook in my projects. I have a picture tutorial and full details can be found here on how to make these recycled Christmas card ornaments.

Here is one of my favorite cards, that I cut in half and glued the pieces back to back. See photo below of each side of this Christmas ornament.

Christmas Towel Toppers

December 9, 2023 No comments yet
Christmas Crocheted Towel Topper

Here are two Christmas towels that I bought at the Dollar Store. They make wonderful holiday themed towels by adding a crocheted towel topper with a jingle bell.

I used the double layered towel topper pattern that is a free crochet pattern.

I did work the handle on 8 stitches just because this 24/7 cotton yarn is thin. This gives the handle a bit more strength for hanging it up. For the buttonhole, I crocheted 2 chains and skipped 2 stitches for the space for the jingle bell. Depending on the size of the button or jingle bell you use, just adjust your stitches to make the hole big enough for the size you need.

Here is one more photo of the other Christmas towel topper.

Happy Thanksgiving 2023

November 23, 2023 No comments yet
Happy Thanksgiving 2023


This is the 16th Thanksgiving that this blog is celebrating. I can’t believe it’s been that many years since I first started My Recycled Bags back in 2007. But time flies as they say and even faster now that I am older.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

Baby Hats Using Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

November 6, 2023 No comments yet
Grape Kool-Aid Yarn Baby Hat

A few months ago I shared that I dyed my first batch of wool yarn using grape Kool-Aid. I dyed just one white skein of wool yarn in my first attempt. You can read the full post here about how I dyed the yarn using Kool-Aid. I was really happy how my test came out and here are the baby hats I crocheted using that yarn.

First I crocheted this ribbed band baby hat. The free crochet pattern is found here. I used a G (4.25 mm) crochet hook for this project and did add few extra rows of the ribbing to reach a hat length of 5 inches long.

Next hat was crocheted using the

Halloween Crocheted Towel Topper

October 18, 2023 No comments yet
Halloween Towel Topper

I picked up a few of the Halloween kitchen towels at Dollar Tree to add towel toppers to them. These themed towels are a fun and quick project that I am using for a upcoming fundraiser.

The towel topper is added to the towel by simply folding it in half and crocheting along the top edge. No cutting or sewing is needed. The first row is challenging but using a fine point steel crochet hook really helps. Once that first row is complete, the rest of the pattern works up very quickly. The free crochet pattern is found

Crocheted Harvest Recycled Bag

October 1, 2023 No comments yet
Crocheted Harvest Recycled Tote Bag

I shared last month that I was working on a new crocheted recycled tote bag. I call this recycled bag my harvest tote bag. I used mainly white retail bags for the tote but added orange and black bags to create a Halloween harvest themed tote.

As you can imagine, orange and black plastic bags are hard to come by. So with such few of these bags available, I was only able to use them sparely in crocheting this recycled tote bag project. I used the free recycled grocery tote pattern to crochet the project. Just follow the original pattern with the following changes. The harvest stripes were crocheted with one round of black plarn followed by four rounds with orange plarn and then one more round using black plarn. My plarn (plastic bag yarn) is made by


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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.


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