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
One large ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn”
Approx. 50-60 plastic grocery bags – Brown/tan in color
One smaller amount of blue plarn – Approx. 10-15 bags
Hook: “N” U.S. size metal hook
Description: Recycled Plarn Tote Bag
Bag measures 13” wide and 13” tall with 18” handles and nearly 4” wide flat bottom
Ch 28 with brown plarn. […]
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” x 8” double layered potholder
2- ozs. Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn – Main color
2/3- oz. Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn – Edging
1- 1 inch Plastic Ring
“H” USA size hook
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” USA size crochet hook
Ch 13. […]
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.
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.
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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.
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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 here. We can all make a difference and unite today![…]
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
1- Kitchen towel or decorative towel
1- oz. Red Heart Carefree Cotton Blend – White used
1- ¾” button
#7 Steel hook
“G” 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. […]