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Recycled Ripple Purse

Posted on February 24, 2008


Check out my recycled plastic ripple purse! I have had a ripple purse on my to-do list for quite awhile. I am happy to report that it’s finally completed and here is the result. This Chevron pattern is a bit more difficult when you are using recycled plastic bags. I crocheted the recycled grocery bags together and lined my purse when finished. If you are new to crocheting with plastic bags, here is the picture tutorial to help you.

Here is a picture of the inside lining.
RipplePurseInside Click on photos to view full-sized

One more picture with the strap untied.

I hope you enjoy this recycled plastic bag pattern and as always happy green crafting to you!

Free Crocheted Recycled Ripple Purse Pattern

Purse measures 8 inches wide and 8 inches long.
Strap length is 32 inches when not tied.

Material: One ball of plastic bags cut into 1 inch strips of blue and smaller ball of green
One button 1-1/4″ button shown on bag.

Hook: Metal H (5 mm) hook

Chain 32 – Working with blue plarn. Turn.

Row 1
Work 2 Sc into the 2nd Ch from hook. *Sc in ea of the next 3 sts in ch, Skip next 3 sts in ch, 3 Sc in the next st, Sc in ea of the next 3 sts *
Repeat between * to last st of row. Work 2 Sc in last st of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2 – 4 (Pattern row)
Work 2 sc in 1st st of row, *Sc in the next 3 sts, leave 2 sts unworked
at bottom of bend. Work Sc in ea of the next 3 sts. Work 3 Sc in next st, (top of bend) *. Repeat pattern to last st of row. Work 2 Sc in last st of row. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 5 – 6
Switch to green plarn, carrying color change plarn up side edge loosely.
Work pattern rows as shown in row 2.

Row 7 – 10
Changing back to blue plarn, work 4 rows of pattern row as shown.

Row 11- 12
Switch back to green, work 2 rows in established pattern row.

Continue in pattern working 4 rows in blue and then 2 rows of green in established pattern row until 36 rows completed.

Row 37 – 38
Using blue plarn, work two rows in established pattern row.

Hint: on last rows, FO or hide under your carrying plarn color changes so they don’t show on purse flap.

Row 39
Work in established pattern row again EXCEPT at center add ch 1 between the 2 skipped sts to create a buttonhole. Finish row in established pattern.

Row 40
Work in established pattern EXCEPT at center work 1 Sl St in the ch 1 space for the buttonhole. Finish row in established pattern. FO. Weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Fold over bag approx. 8″ for bag with the remainder to create a flap for purse closure. Weave sides together using a piece of blue plarn.

Strap: Create strap by attaching your plarn with a Sl St to spot where you want to start strap on side of purse next to flap. Chain until strap measures 32 inches or desired length. Attach strap to opposite side of purse with a Sl St. Turn and work back up the chain by working a Sc around the chain until you get back to opposite end of strap handle. Adjust your Sc stitches around chain as needed to provide a smooth strap for your bag. The Sc’s slide a bit and this allows for you to adjust your stitches as needed. Attach your yarn with a Sl St next to the st where you started the strap. Fasten off and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Sew button on purse under buttonhole space.

I added a simple lining to my bag and hand-stitched it in place along the top edge inside the plastic bag shell.

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

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
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. ©2008-2016

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16 Responses to “Recycled Ripple Purse”

  1. hook
    Feb 24, 2008

    […] Recycled Ripple Purse […]

  2. How cool is that!

  3. Moonshadow
    Feb 25, 2008

    How many different stores do you have to shop at to find all the pretty colors for your purses and bags? All our grocery bags are either white or tan. Blah.

  4. Andrea
    Feb 26, 2008

    Just one word describes this… brilliant!

  5. Cindy
    Feb 26, 2008

    These last bags were sent to me from some dear friends over at Crochetville. I too can only get plain bags but these wonderful ladies send me pretty bags they collect from their local stores. It’s a wonderful recycle chain here!

  6. SewDelish
    Feb 27, 2008

    I love it. Such a great idea! Thanks

  7. ImaNicePerson
    Feb 27, 2008

    Very cool. You are so creative and talented.

  8. Lesalicious
    Feb 27, 2008

    WOW love the ripple purse cute. 🙂

  9. dstopgal
    Mar 01, 2008

    That bag is so cute! I love the colors you chose to make it. I didn’t know you could “sew” a lining into it. May I ask, how durable are these bags?

  10. Cindy
    Mar 01, 2008

    These bags are very durable. I lined mine with a simple pocket I created from some fabric I had. I then inserted the finished pocket lining inside the plastic purse shell. I hand stitched it in place along the top edge. Email me back if you have any other questions.

  11. tips and tricks
    Mar 02, 2008

    Wow! I wouldn’t have thought that’s made out of plastic bags. Amazing.

  12. Everytime I see these cute bags of yours I think how excellent they’d be for taking to an amusement park… not too large to get in the way, plastic, so getting wet on a ride or rained-on wouldn’t be of issue… It’s smart.

  13. Sue
    Mar 03, 2008

    I nominated you as blog “which bring you inspiration and make you appreciate the blogosphere !” If you wish to participate please nominate your choice of 10 blogs and let them know.

    Super tips and lovely links – always – I enjoy following your blog very much!!

  14. joanie
    Mar 03, 2008

    Great colours, love the button too!

  15. Michelle
    Mar 19, 2008

    Yay!! It’s good to know you’re a bag lady, too! And you make your own bags – brilliant!!

    Glad to meet you in the blogosphere, RecycleCindy!!


  16. SIBYL
    May 16, 2008

    I am happy to find your site. I have been crocheting plastic bags for about a year now designing my own as i didn’t know anyone else was doing it. People love them. thanks for more ideas, Sibyl


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