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Recycling a Plastic Wedding Bag

Posted on April 15, 2007

WeddingBag

My son recently got married and left us this plastic gift bag along with some other trash at our house after they opened some of their gifts here. Being a recycling person, I looked at the trash and saw some treasures.

Above is the picture of the very big plastic gift bag that had been cut to cover a large gift. It was such a pretty plastic bag that I just couldn’t throw it away even though it had been cut into pieces, had splits and other holes in it. I thought wow I could make something out of that plastic. So out came the scissors and I began to cut strips. Now because of the damage to the plastic bag, I couldn’t cut it into circular strips as I do normally with plastic grocery bags. With this I needed to cut long strips and try to avoid tying too many knots because the plastic is so thick. The knots do not hide well when your plastic is thick or heavy gauge.

I cut up as much usable plastic off the bag pieces to create 1 inch wide yarn. I used a smaller hook — an H (5 mm) metal hook to crochet these items. I must say it was a bit hard on my finger joints. The thick plastic is difficult to work with and it caused me to pull harder on my work as I crocheted.

Wedding Coaster

I crocheted this coaster out of my recycled wedding bag. The coaster is crocheted using the same pattern as the link here but with 1 inch single strand strips of plastic bag. You also need to add one additional round to make the coaster big enough as I used an H hook instead of the bigger hook I usually use.

Wedding Scrubber
Star and Pot Scrubber

The star is also a new project for me. I am experimenting with it using plastic bags for a hair barrette. You could also use the star as an embellishment to any project you may be crafting. I am crocheting more stars now and will be posting the pattern here shortly.

Then I crocheted this pot scrubber out of my recycled wedding bag. The scrubber pattern is below and varies just slightly from my other scrubber that is coming out soon using plastic bags.
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Crocheted Scrubber Pattern using a Recycled Wedding Bag

Scrubber measures 3-3/4 inches wide across.

Material: Single strand plastic cut into 1 inch long strips

Hook: Metal H hook

Round Disk (Make 2 round disks)
Round 1
Ch 4, Sl St to join in first st of chain to form ring.

Round 2
Ch 2 (counts as first Hdc), work 11 Hdc in ring (12 Hdc), join with Sl St at top of Ch 2.

Round 3
Ch 2, work Hdc in same st, then work 2 Hdc in each st around.

Round 4
Ch 2, work Hdc in same st, then *work 1 Hdc in next st and 2 Hdc in next st* — repeat between * -*. Join with Sl St at top of Ch 2 to end round.
Fasten off and weave ends under. (Tip: leave yarn attached when you complete 2nd disk that way you don’t need to attach yarn to join two disks together.)

With wrong sides together, join your two round disks together by working sc through both layers in between last rnd sts. Work *1 Sc in next st, then 2 Sc in next st* — repeat between * -* to last st. End with Sl St in last st. Fasten off and weave ends under.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Rnd – Round

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007

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6 Responses to “Recycling a Plastic Wedding Bag”

  1. Hippyshopper
    Apr 17, 2007

    Recycled plastic bag crochet bags…

    I often get asked ‘what’s the best way to recycle plastic bags?’ But apart from simply re-using them, there’s not a great deal you can do. Recycling plastic…


  2. Cindy
    Apr 25, 2007

    I am very impressed with what you have done with recycled materials. When you get a chance, take a look at my site and see how I have recycled sweaters.
    Cindy
    fitterknitter.livejournal.com


  3. Marion Johnson
    Feb 15, 2009

    Just did not quite grasp this, so i cut the bags and then tie them together, makeing one long strip.


  4. Cindy
    Feb 16, 2009

    @Marion:
    Because this is real heavy plastic, I just cut it in one long strip. I made it about 3/4″ to 1 inch wide and cut one long strip from this bag and when I got to a corner or edge, I just kinda made a rounded corner and kept going to get one long piece to crochet with. When I did have to join two strips together, I tied a tight knot and wove in the ends as I crocheted. I hope this helps. Email me back if I can help more.


  5. Wendy
    Oct 05, 2011

    Cindy,
    Thanks for these great little patterns.
    I am taking crochet lessons and really only wanting to learn simple patterns to begin with. The instructor keeps trying to teach me fancy stitches for afghans, which at this point is a losing proposition.

    I think I will cut up some plastic strips for my next class and take this pattern with me. It is exactly the type of item I signed up for classes hoping to be able to make!
    TY


  6. […] Yes you can recycled those inexpensive plastic tablecloths into plarn. If the plastic is very thin, I would cut them about 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide depending on the thickness of plarn you desire. You want to cut the plastic in one long continuous strand as I did when I recycled some large plastic wedding gift bags. […]



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  1. Hippyshopper says:

    Recycled plastic bag crochet bags…

    I often get asked ‘what’s the best way to recycle plastic bags?’ But apart from simply re-using them, there’s not a great deal you can do. Recycling plastic…

  2. […] Yes you can recycled those inexpensive plastic tablecloths into plarn. If the plastic is very thin, I would cut them about 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide depending on the thickness of plarn you desire. You want to cut the plastic in one long continuous strand as I did when I recycled some large plastic wedding gift bags. […]

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