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Recycled T-Yarn Kitchen Set

December 27, 2009 3 comments
T-Yarn Kitchen Set

Now that Christmas is over, I can share my t-yarn kitchen set that I made as a gift. It was crocheted using recycled tee-shirts cut into yarn or tarn as some call this recycled craft material. My set included a trivet, potholder, knob cover and a skillet handle.

If crafting with recycled tee-shirts is new to you, here is my tutorial on how to create what I call curled t-yarn or tarn. Below is the free pattern for the round t-yarn potholder. I previously posted the patterns for the trivet hotpad here and the skillet handle cover here.

The knob cover pattern is available now here. I wanted to keep this post to just the free pattern for the round potholder so people could find each pattern more easily on my patterns page. In case you didn’t know, my patterns page has all my patterns listed together so you can find them quickly by clicking here.

T-Yarn Round Potholder Pattern

Materials needed:
One tee-shirt (white) and another partial shirt of contrasting color (blue)
Cut into 1/4 inch wide strips and gently pull to curl your t-yarn

Hook: K (6.5 mm) size metal crochet hook
Finished Potholder approx: 7 inches wide

Make Two

Rnd 1
Using magic circle with white t-yarn, work 6 Sc in circle. Do not turn your work in this project.

Merry Christmas – WW

December 23, 2009 12 comments
Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone the simple joys of the Christmas season.

Christmas Towel Toppers

December 18, 2009 3 comments
Christmas Towel Topper

Need a last minute Christmas gift? How about crocheting a quick towel topper? It is a fast and frugal craft project. Here is the free pattern link for my crocheted doubled towel topper. Included with the pattern is a picture tutorial that shows how to create a no-sewing or cutting towel topper.

These towel toppers do work up very quickly and make wonderful gifts for the holidays.
Happy Holidays!

Crocheted Kitchen Gift Set

December 13, 2009 8 comments
Christmas Kitchen Set

For that last minute holiday crafting, here are some quick crocheted items to share. I crocheted this kitchen set above as a Christmas gift. It includes one potholder, round ripple dishcloth, open mesh magic

Cute Plarn Snowman

December 9, 2009 9 comments
Plarn Snowman

Check out this cute plarn snowman which was crocheted from recycled plastic bags. This project is being shared here at my crafting blog with permission from Snowcatcher who is the creator of this adorable snowman. Here is the pattern link to the free crochet tutorial for the snowman project which includes the hat and scarf.

Snowcatcher even provides an option to make this cute little guy into a plastic bag keeper rather than just a decoration for Christmas. Anyway I just found this to be such a cute recycled crafting project and am thrilled to be able to share it with all my readers. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Plarn Stocking Pattern

December 3, 2009 15 comments
Plarn Christmas Stocking Closeup

Here is the long awaited Christmas stocking made from recycled plastic bags or plarn. People have been asking for a Christmas stocking pattern to crochet using recycled plastic bags for the last several Christmas seasons. So I finally tackled the project and finished up the eco-friendly stocking as shown in the picture.

Below you will find the free crochet pattern for my recycled Christmas stocking. I hope you enjoy the pattern and Merry Christmas!

Free Christmas Plarn Stocking Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bag yarn aka Plarn
Approx. 25-30 plastic grocery bags
1 oz. of scrap red yarn

N (9 mm) U.S. size metal hook for stocking
H (5 mm) U.S. size crochet hook for trim

Description: Plastic Bag Plarn Christmas Stocking
Stocking measures 7 inches wide and 18 inches long with a 2 inch hanging loop

Rnd 1
With plastic bag yarn (plarn) Ch 39, Sl St to join in first st of chain to form ring.[…]

Happy Thanksgiving – WW

November 25, 2009 9 comments
Happy Thanksgiving Wishing everyone a very happy
and blessed Thanksgiving.

Open Mesh Magic Dishcloth

November 19, 2009 10 comments
Mesh Magic Green Dishcloth

Here is my Open Mesh Magic Dishcloth. I created this crocheted dishcloth pattern with an open stitch design and it was named with the help of my crochet friends over at Crochetville.

I have crocheted the pattern several times now but if you have any questions or problems working the pattern, please email me using the contact tab at the top of the page. Please feel free to crochet this dishcloth pattern for gifts or charity use.

As always, I hope you enjoy my free pattern below.

Click on any of the photos to super-size

Open Mesh Magic Crocheted Dishcloth Pattern

“H” (5 mm) Crochet Hook

2 ozs of Cotton yarn
1/4 oz contrasting Cotton yarn for trim

9-1/2 inches X 9 inches Cotton Dishcloth

Row 1
Ch 32, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st. (31)

Recycled Flat Bottom Plastic Tote Bag

November 13, 2009 12 comments
Flat Bottom Bag Closeup2

This week I present my recycled plastic flat bottom tote bag. This tote bag features a wide flat bottom so it is very roomy and can stand up. I also added regular worst yarn to the handles for color and to make the handles more comfortable when you carry this bag on your shoulder or by hand.

Here is a closeup the bag bottom so you can see how this bag is worked in rounds, without seams and is flat.

You can add a piece of cardboard or plastic canvas for extra strength and stability to the bottom. Here is a photo with a piece of cardboard added. You can click on any of the photos to super-size them for more details.

So this wraps up this week’s recycled bag project. Below you will find the complete free crochet pattern and details. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you make it a great day today!

Flat Bottom Recycled Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One very large ball of plastic bag yarn orPlarn
Approx. 60 plastic grocery bags
Here is my picture tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags
1 oz worst yarn for trim

Hooks: N (9 mm) U.S. size metal hook for bag
H (5 mm) Hook for trim

Description: Recycled Flat Bottom Plastic Tote Bag
Bag measures 15 inches wide and 13 inches long with 14 inches handles and 6″ wide at base

Using N hook, Ch 22.

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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