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Time to Celebrate!

July 30, 2008 40 comments

July 24, 2008 will be a date I will always remember. It is the day I finished my chemo treatments for breast cancer. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I don’t have to have any more infusions of that nasty stuff. So I say hallelujah, yahoo, yipppeee, and thank God for giving me the strength to get through it.

This is also my 100th post of my blog. I can’t believe I’ve made that many posts already. I’ve shared over 60 free patterns for recycled craft projects ranging from tote bags to baby bibs, wheelchair bags to scrubbie dishcloths, and lunch sacks to water bottle holders. Also in these last posts, I shared with you about “my pink journey” with cancer.

Needless to say, it’s time to celebrate. So let the celebration begin! If you drop by for a visit, please leave me a celebration comment.

Recycled Paper Bag Mailer

July 26, 2008 9 comments
Paper Bag Mailer

Ever need a large envelope for mailing? Well I frequently need large mailers for some of my recycled bags I ship. Here is a tip I wanted to share on how to make your own paper mailer from a recycled brown paper bag.

I cut the end off the bag and folded it in half. I then stitched up the two sides using the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine. I left the top open to insert my items for shipping.
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Here is a close up of the stitching.

After putting my items inside the bag, I then folded over the top and stitched my mailer closed. You can also glue around the edges for extra strength if needed. My recycled paper bag mailer is now ready to address and take to my post office for shipping.

The Ultimate Grocery Bag

July 19, 2008 25 comments
Ultimate Bag

What would be the ultimate grocery bag? Of course in my opinion it would be made from recycled materials, be reusable, strong and very durable. What about free — yes that would be the ultimate. So here it is. It is crafted from recycled plastic bags, it is reusable over and over, doesn’t tear, and it reduces the use of bags from the grocery store. So it is a win-win bag. You win and the environment wins. It’s the ultimate bag!

This bag is created by crocheting with plastic bag yarn or plarn. I have a handy picture tutorial here if you need to know the steps to make your own plarn. It’s a fun and easy way to create a durable market bag as shown above. Plus it’s a great way to repurpose those plastic bags you may have stashed around the house.

I hope you enjoy this green and frugal project. Here is the free crochet pattern below.


The Free Ultimate Grocery Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One very large ball of plastic bag yarn aka Plarn
Approx. 50 plastic grocery bags

Hook: N (9 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Grocery Tote Bag
Bag measures 13-1/2 inches wide and 13 inches long with 9 inch handles

Ch 28

Plastic Bags Upcycled into a Clothespin Bag

July 12, 2008 15 comments
Recycled Fun Fur Tote Bag

White plastic bags are used by many retail and grocery stores these days. They are not the prettiest bags to use for crafting. People give me lots of white plastic bags to recycled. So I’ve been trying to be more creative and come up with clever ideas to turn these dull bags into cute and useful items. What do you think of my clothespin bag with a ribbon bow tie?

Here is a hobo bag I crocheted too. It’s amazing how much a little ribbon adds to the projects. Click on my hobo bag and see if you think it makes a cute summer purse.
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Here’s an example of adding some fun fur to spice up those white bags in this recycled tote bag pattern.

So take heart if you have lots of white plastic bags. You can upcycle them into some really cute crochet projects by just adding some ribbon, fun fur, or other embellishments. Here is the link to my free clothespin “peg” bag pattern if you’d like to crochet this project. Also you can browse through all my free patterns at this link.
Enjoy and happy green crafting to all!

3 Down and One to go

July 7, 2008 21 comments
Pink Ribbon

Yes, 3 treatments down and only one more to go. I’m so happy to say that I have only one more chemo treatment left for my BC. What an uplifting feeling it is to know that I’m nearly done with chemotherapy. I’m feeling still a little crummy after my last chemo on Thursday, July 3. But hey, you got to feel a bit lousy if we want to kill off this cancer, right? Anyway I’m doing okay and usually by about day 5-6, I feel pretty normal again so I’m hoping tomorrow the chemo fog will lift.

So for everyone that has been emailing me for an update — I’m still here. I’m feeling okay for now. I still have a very positive outlook. I reminded how lucky we all are that are facing this cancer beast. We have the greatest medicines to kill this stuff and the greatest force on Heaven and Earth — God!

So for all of us who are fighting this foe — take heart, hold onto your faith, carry your head high, we can and will win this battle!

Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie

July 3, 2008 11 comments
Sunshine Dishcloth 2

Happy 4th of July! I love handmade dishcloths and even better are ones that have center scrubbers. Just in time for the big Summer holiday, here is my latest “Sunshine” dishcloth I crocheted with a center scrubbie made from recycled plastic bags.

Here is another variation using scraps I had leftover and is one round less than the original pattern as I ran short of materials.

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These dishcloths with center scrubbies are very durable and handy for cleaning your dishes. Here is a picture tutorial on how use plastic bags to create plastic bag yarn or plarn. This is a great way to use up scrap cotton yarn and also re-purpose those unique colored plastic bags as you only need a small amount of plarn for the centers. Here is the free pattern for everyone to enjoy this fun recycled green craft project.


Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie Pattern

Dishcloth measures: 9 inch Square
Hook: Metal H (5 mm) US sized hook

1-1/2 ozs. of Cotton yarn – variegated yellows
Small amount of white Cotton yarn
Small amount of plastic bag plarn for scrubber center –
white (1 bag) and yellow bags (2 bags needed)

Option: This pattern can be worked all in cotton if you’d rather.
Allow about 2 ozs. of cotton for project.

With center color (white plarn shown) Ch 4, Sl St to form ring.

About Me

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.

Here is a direct link to all my free patterns available here on My Recycled Bags.

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