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Large Plastic Market Bag

Posted on September 15, 2007

MarketBag

This market bag was crocheted using a large plastic Q crochet hook. It’s my first project crocheting with plastic bag yarn aka plarn and using the extra large plastic hook. I must say that it makes my bag much lighter and the stitches more airy. I also didn’t use as many plastic bags as I normally do to finish the project. The bag is still very strong. As I have shown below with a load of groceries, it stretches nicely to accommodate my purchases.

MarketFilled Clickable
Here is my market bag filled from a grocery store trip!

So check out the free pattern below and as always — enjoy!
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Free Large Plastic Market Bag Pattern

Materials needed: One large ball of plastic bag yarn aka plarn

Hooks:
Q size plastic crochet hook
N size metal crochet hook for handles

Description: Large Plastic Market Tote Bag
Bag measures 13 inches wide and 15 inches long

Directions:
Using Q hook, Ch 20.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Then continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end. Do not join at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 2 – 18
Hdc in ea st around the entire bag bottom. End at the side of the bag.

Rnd 19
Mark center 6 stitches at front of bag and back of bag. (This will be the opening for the handles.)
Starting at side of bag for rnd, Hdc in ea st over to the beginning mark for center 6 sts, Ch 8 and attach yarn with a Hdc in the next st after the center 6 sts mark. (You leave the center 6 sts unworked.)

Hdc in ea st around to the other side of bag. Match front of bag by leaving the center 6 sts unworked. Ch 8 then continue working Hdc in ea st to complete rnd ending at side of bag. Check your work to make sure the back matches the front of bag. Adjust your sts as needed to match.

Rnd 20
Hdc in ea st over to chain for handle. Sc evenly and tightly around the chain. Then Hdc in ea st around to other side’s chain for handle. Sc around that the same as the other side’s handle, then Hdc in ea remaining sts of rnd.

Rnd 21
Hdc in ea st around to handle – Switch to N hook and Sc in ea st of the handle. Switch back to Q hook and Hdc around in ea st around to the other side’s handle. Using N hook again, Sc in ea st of handle, then with Q hook finish side by working Hdc in ea st of rnd.

Rnd 22
Repeat rnd 21 until the last two sts of rnd. Work Sc and then Sl St in the last st of rnd at side of bag. FO and weave in the end to make a smooth edge at top edge of bag.

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

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of 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

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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26 Responses to “Large Plastic Market Bag”

  1. Nan Genereux
    Sep 16, 2007

    Thanks Cindy for playing the tag game. It’s not something I usually do, but have done a couple, and sometimes i just like to do them so I have the excuse to put some clickable links to some of the sights I like on my blog so some of the readers I have will visit new blogs and I find your blog interesting and wanted to get you some extra coverage from folks that ask me about purses all the time. I still haven’t written up any patterns that I keep thinking I am going to do and I know you have a lot of free patterns posted so I am hoping they find inspiration by visiting you too!
    Have a great day!


  2. Thank you for finding my DaWanda Shop Directory and leaving your best wishes…

    Just dropping in to ask if you have seen my blog at http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/ I am looking for guest writers and would love to show off one of your recycling tips… Here’s the link http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/2007/08/call-to-guest-writers.html

    Love what you do!
    Sara x


  3. Thank you for finding my DaWanda Shop Directory and leaving your best wishes…

    Just dropping in to ask if you have seen my blog at http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/ I am looking for guest writers and would love to show off one of your recycling tips… Here’s the link http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/2007/08/call-to-guest-writers.html

    Love what you do!
    Sara x


  4. LOVE IT as always! and OH YES! Being neighbors with you would be such a delight! Someone just moved out across the street from me… ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi


  5. Lisa
    Sep 19, 2007

    I love ALL your plastic bag crochet items. Such a great durable material to work with I bet! I haven’t tried it YET! Everything looks great!
    Lisa


  6. Lesalicious
    Sep 21, 2007

    Thanks for stopping by my blog I am always looking for more crafty friends. Love your blog. I haven’t yet to try working with plastic when it comes to crocheting but, I just may give it a try one day. 🙂


  7. robert
    Sep 23, 2007

    hi. nice blog . thanks.


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  12. Angela
    Jun 13, 2008

    I was wondering how large the large ball of plarn needs to be? I’ve been working on my ball for a while, but I’m not sure if it’s big enough!


  13. Cindy
    Jun 13, 2008

    @Angela,
    If you are making this bag, it does not use as many bags because it is crocheted with the Q hook. Depending on the size of your bags and the width you cut them, this project probably needs about 25 bags. If your ball is about half the size of a basketball, I think you should have plenty.


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  15. mommak
    Aug 24, 2008

    I love this. I have been looking for a solution the the endless plastic bags but did not want to “buy” the ones from the stores…perfect solution…
    thank you…


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  17. Maria
    Apr 02, 2009

    Hi

    I stumbled upon your site by chance and I made this bag last weekend. I think your bags and ideas are all too great.
    I blogged about it and linked to your site. Hope that is OK with you
    Thanks a lot
    Maria (India)


  18. Shelby
    Apr 30, 2009

    I’m TOTALLY addicted to crocheting these plastic bags now but as you know it’s takes a lot of them to put together one bag. I just started last week, didn’t even know how to crochet and I was off like a rocket. Here’s my Q though: where can I get a stock pile of these bags? Sure I’m asking friends to give me their bags but any other quick options?
    Your pattern here is great.
    I’ve been showing everyone I know the bags I’ve made and what they can do with them. We could start an evolution here!


  19. Cindy
    Apr 30, 2009

    Shelby,
    It looks like you too have bitten by the recycling bug. I know how you feel as I love to crochet with plastic bags and can’t get enough of them. Ask your friends to save them and you can post for them at freecycle and other sites like Craig’s list. I also get them from my local groceries store’s recycle bin. I have talked to the manager and they are happy for me to “steal” from their recycle bin. Good luck and come back again soon.


  20. Mary, Las Vegas
    Oct 07, 2009

    Thanks for the pattern. It’s the first I’ve ever seen and is a great green idea. I’m going to give these away to friends and hopefully start a trend among my school teacher friends. We’re always carrying things to and from school.


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  23. Green Gifts
    Aug 06, 2010

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  24. […] 5. I am a plastic bagGet rid of all the plastic bags cluttering up your under-sink cupboard in the kitchen and give your best friend, sister or mom a really cool shopping bag all at the same time. Eat your heart out Anja Hindmarch!Crochet this large plastic shopping bag. […]


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  26. that_owl
    Nov 09, 2010

    I love this idea! Finally this year we’re all making our Christmas gifts. I can’t wait to try this…I have several on our list that would love it.

    Thank you!



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  3. […] and use them to carry your groceries home again. If you’re creative and can knit or crochet, make a reusable bag out of your plastic bags and use them for […]

  4. […] My Recycled Bags.com » Large Plastic Market Bag A market bag crocheted from many plastic shopping bags. More like it. (tags: bags crafts plastic recycling) […]

  5. […] Large Plastic Market Bag This bag is actually made out of old plastic grocery bags! Neat-o! […]

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  7. […] 5. I am a plastic bag Get rid of all the plastic bags cluttering up your under-sink cupboard in the kitchen and give your best friend, sister or mom a really cool shopping bag all at the same time. Eat your heart out Anja Hindmarch! Crochet this large plastic shopping bag. […]

  8. Green Gifts says:

    […] 5. I am a plastic bag Get rid of all the plastic bags cluttering up your under-sink cupboard in the kitchen and give your best friend, sister or mom a really cool shopping bag all at the same time. Eat your heart out Anja Hindmarch! Crochet this large plastic shopping bag. […]

  9. […] 5. I am a plastic bagGet rid of all the plastic bags cluttering up your under-sink cupboard in the kitchen and give your best friend, sister or mom a really cool shopping bag all at the same time. Eat your heart out Anja Hindmarch!Crochet this large plastic shopping bag. […]

  10. […] Be resourceful with your gift making and use up some of those extra plastic grocery bags in this handy shopping market bag! […]

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