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Fused Plastic Valentine’s Heart

January 29, 2009 16 comments

Here is a quick fused plastic bag craft idea for Valentine’s Day. This project involves no sewing or crocheting. It’s makes a perfect kid’s craft project that focuses on using recycled materials. This project was inspired by a recent comment I received from someone who wanted a recycled bag for Valentine’s day but didn’t know how to crochet. So here’s what I came up with. By using some pieces of red and white recycled plastic bags, some scrap yarn, a bit of ribbon and a small remnant of red felt, you or your children can put together this cute Valentine’s heart bag.

Below you will find the picture tutorial that I made while I was creating this little Valentine’s heart bag. Here is the step-by-step picture tutorial on how to DIY.

My New Look

January 24, 2009 18 comments

I’ve been working on a new WordPress template for awhile now and finally have it launched here at My Recycled Bags. I hope you’ll take a moment to look around and see what you think of my new template. I am still working on getting a custom logo but for now am just using this one that was made with the help of some friends over at BlogCatalog. There are a few things that I’m still tweaking but for now I wanted to get the new template up so everyone could see it. A special thanks to my son William who has spent many hours helping me get this live.

This is also a special day, as today is my 2 year blog anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been two years already since that first post back on January 24, 2007. But they do say time flies when you are having fun and I’m definitely having fun sharing my recycled crafting ideas at this blog.

So for now — Welcome to the new My Recycled Bags site. I hope you enjoy the new look!

Free Recycled Valentines Bag Pattern

January 15, 2009 30 comments

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here is a cute recycled plastic Valentine’s heart bag that you can crochet. It’s made from recycled plastic grocery bags into a handy bag that can hold Valentine cards. When I designed this recycled bag, I had a little girl in mind and thought she could use it to take all her Valentines to school in.

It would also make a cute gift bag for Valentine’s Day. You could fill it with candy and a card and give it to your favorite Valentine. A bonus of course is that this plarn bag could be used as a little purse all year long.

Here is the free crochet pattern so you too can create this fun little Valentine’s Day heart bag!

Free Pattern for Crocheted Valentine Heart Bag

Materials needed: One ball of plastic bag yarn aka Plarn
(Approx. 12 plastic grocery bags)

2 yards of red fun fur yarn
Small scrap piece of red felt
Red thread for sewing on heart

Hook: J (6 mm) size metal crochet hook

Description: Plastic Valentine’s Bag
Bag measures 7 inches wide and 6-1/2 inches long

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The Green Shopping Bag

January 2, 2009 46 comments
The Green Shopping Bag

For my first post of the year, I bring you the green shopping bag. This is a true green crafting idea in every sense of the word. It is crocheted from recycled plastic grocery bags into plarn, then of course it’s green in color, and lastly it is eco-friendly as it saves the use of plastic bags as you can reuse this roomy bag over and over again.

This crocheted shopping bag is created in three pieces and then assembled as shown in the photos below. As always, I offer the free recycled plastic bag pattern below. Enjoy!

All photos are clickable to supersize

Assembly of main piece to long strip

Free Green Shopping Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bag yarn or Plarn
Approx. 80 plastic grocery bags
Hook: N (9 mm) size metal crochet hook

Description: The Green Shopping Bag
Bag measures 12-1/2″ wide, 15-1/2″ tall and 6-1/2″ deep with 14″ handles

This shopping bag is crocheted in 3 pieces. A front and back piece and one long strip that runs down the side, across the bottom and back up the other side of the bag.

Main pieces (make two for the front and back of your bag.)
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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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