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Crochet a Spike Stitch Plarn Tote Bag

November 29, 2008 17 comments
bag bottom

Here is my latest recycled plarn tote bag. It is a roomy tote bag that features a nearly 4 inch wide flat bottom. This allows your tote to stand up on its own. I used a new stitch in this crocheted plastic bag project which is called the spike stitch. You crochet down into the prior row to create a long stitch that looks like a spike. I worked a spike stitch every 4th stitch to make a decorative blue stripe on my tote bag.

This bag also features longer handles. I’ve had requests for longer handles on my tote bags so I crocheted this bag with 18 inch handle straps. Of course if you use this tote for groceries, it will stretch even longer. With these longer handles, you can put it over your shoulder while carrying the tote bag.

Here is a closeup photo of the flat bottom of my recycled plastic tote.

So grab your crochet hook and crochet yourself a spike stitch tote bag today. As always, happy green crafting to all!

Free Spike Stitch Plarn Tote Pattern

Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bag yarn aka Plarn
Approx. 50-60 plastic grocery bags – Brown/tan in color

One smaller amount of blue plarn – Approx. 10-15 bags

Hook: N (9 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Recycled Plarn Tote Bag
Bag measures 13 inches wide and 13 inches tall with 18 inch handles and nearly 4 inch wide flat bottom

Ch 28 with brown plarn.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2008 13 comments
Happy Thanksgiving

My Basic Potholder Pattern

November 22, 2008 3 comments

Need a potholder pattern? Do you like your potholders heavy duty? If so this may be the potholder for you. Here is my basic potholder pattern that is crocheted with cotton yarn. It’s double layered and works well as a potholder or a pot pad. I designed it so it fits nicely under a casserole dish. It’s a quick, easy project and does make a wonderful gift idea. I know I have made several to include in some kitchen sets that I crocheted for the upcoming holidays.

Free Basic Potholder Crochet Pattern

Description: 9 inch x 8 inch double layered potholder

Materials needed:
2- ozs. Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn – Main color
2/3- oz. Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn – Edging
1- 1 inch Plastic Ring (or other recycled plastic juice or milk ring)

H (5 mm) USA size hook


Yellow Barbie Plarn Dress

November 14, 2008 15 comments

Barbie has a pretty new yellow plarn dress. This crochet project is a follow-up to my red Barbie dress I made with regular yarn. I used a similar pattern style but did have to make several changes for the dress to work up correctly using recycled plastic bags as yarn. Using the bags as yarn is much more difficult than regular yarn, but I was pleased with my final version shown here.

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If you are new to crocheting with recycled plastic bags, here is the link on how to create plarn from those old plastic grocery sacks. And if you’re not into crocheting with plastic bags, here is the link to my free red Barbie dress pattern that is made with regular worst acrylic yarn.

But for everyone else, here is my free yellow Barbie dress pattern. Enjoy!

Barbie Yellow Plarn Dress Pattern

Approx. 10 Yellow plastic bags until into Plarn
1 small button

G (4 mm) size crochet hook

Ch 13.

My Journey Update

November 12, 2008 12 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my pink journey here so I figured I’d do an update. I am one month out now from the completion of radiation treatments. My skin is healing nicely and I don’t have any real issues with my skin now other than being dark on my shoulder in the radiation field. I also have been dealing with my muscles tightening up in my arm and hand on the radiation side. I continue to do stretching exercises to try and relieve that situation.

I started taking Tamoxifen today which I’m a bit concerned about this drug therapy but I know it is necessary as my cancer tumor was estrogen positive and I have to make sure I don’t feed my cancer. I am concerned about all the side effects with Tamoxifen but I am reminded that this whole thing is out of my hands. I need to leave it all in the healing hands of our Lord.

So overall I’m doing pretty good and just wanted to let everyone know how I am doing. My hair is growing back but at a very sloooow rate. My hair has always been fine so all this chemo hasn’t been good for my hair. But it is growing and I hope by Christmas to have a little “do” that I can display so I don’t have to continue the knit hat and ball cap routine.

More later, until then thank you everyone for all your wonderful warm thoughts and prayers.

Bloggers Unite Day

November 9, 2008 12 comments

In support of Bloggers Unite Day, I am putting aside my crochet hook and my recycled bags to blog about an important cause. On November 10th, thousands of bloggers from around the world will unite to raise their voices on behalf of more than 40 million voiceless refugees. We blog to bring attention to this crisis and to join hearts and minds to help bring forward information, understanding and action.

Refugees United is a non-profit organization that helps refugees relocate family and friends through the use of the internet.

Refugees United provides refugees with an anonymous forum to reconnect with missing family. By registering with nick-names, scars, former locations and other markers only identifiable to family and close friends, everyone can remain ‘invisible’ to all but relatives.

* All refugees are welcome, regardless of conflict, place or time.
* Refugees United is an independent, non-political, non-religious NGO.
* No third party is involved. No official papers need to be filled in.
* The service is free of charge, easy and safe.

The Refugees United search engine is the first of it’s kind. Visit Refugees United to see how it works and to learn more about the work that Refugees United is doing.

So get the word out and lets spread the news in support of Bloggers Unite Day. More information on participating can be found at BlogCatalog. We can all make a difference and unite today!

Double Layer Towel Toppers

November 8, 2008 49 comments
Red Towel Topper

I have been working on a project of crocheted towel toppers. I wanted to be able to create the topper without cutting and eventually not having to machine sew the top of the towel. Another goal of the project was to have a double layer 2-ply towel. Here is my first finished double towel topper below.

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Here is a picture tutorial and free crochet pattern below for making a double towel topper.

Fold the towel in half with right sides facing out. Machine stitch along the top edge using a basting stitch.

Then using some cotton blend sport weight yarn and a steel #7 crochet hook, single crochet along the top edge through both layers of the towel.

Here is another method I used where I did not machine stitch along the top edge. The steps are fold, press, pin, and then single crochet along the top edge of the towel through both layers.

Again I used a steel crochet hook #7 to poke the holes for the first row. Then I switched to a “G” crochet hook after the first row to finish the towel topper.

Finished no sew double towel topper which I call the fold and pin method.

Free Double Layer Towel Topper Crochet Pattern

Materials needed:
1- Kitchen towel or decorative towel
1- oz. Red Heart Carefree Cotton Blend – White used
1- 3/4″ button

#7 Steel hook
G (4 mm) USA size hook

Using either the fold and stitch or fold and pin method, prepare top of towel to begin Sc stitching along top edge. […]

Recycled Net Market Bag

November 1, 2008 19 comments

I have been working on this market bag with a netting type look. The bottom is crocheted with a Half Double Crochet stitch to give it a nice sturdy base. The bottom is also expandable up to 7 inches which provides lots of room for those larger items as shown. I designed this recycled tote bag to be used for a grocery market bag but it would also be an outstanding beach bag.

Please enjoy this market bag project!

Pictures are clickable to view full-sized.

Free Recycled Net Market Bag Pattern

Bag measures 14 inches wide at top and 13 inches long
Straps are each 18 inches long

Materials: One large ball of plarn (plastic bag yarn) Appox. 40-45 bags
Picture tutorial is found here on how to make plarn

Hook: Metal N (9 mm) size crochet hook

Chain 24

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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