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Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag

Posted on June 18, 2009

Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag

It’s a Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag!

As I have stated before, white plastic bags are about all I can get on a consistent basis so here is my latest idea to bring more color and charm to my recycled tote bags. I added several colorful flowers that have been crocheted from recycled plastic bags. Since each flower takes only about one plastic bag, it is easy to add some bright and pretty flowers to a otherwise plain tote bag. To view the finished details of the above tote, just click on the photo to supersize it. I also added some ribbon and a bow tie at the center front of my recycled tote to complete the project.

Below you will find another addition to my library of plarn patterns that I offer here free. Here is the link to see a complete list of all my free patterns.

Free Crocheted Flower Power Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bag yarn aka Plarn approx. 40-45 bags
A few plastic bags of several different colors for flowers
Small amount of ribbon for bow tie if desired

Hooks:
Q USA size plastic hook
N USA size metal hook for handles and J hook for flowers
Description: Large Plarn Tote Bag
Bag measures 13 inches wide and 14 inches long

Directions:
Using Q hook, Ch 20.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Then continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end. Do not join at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 2 – 18
Hdc in ea st around the entire bag bottom. End at the side of the bag.

Rnd 19
Mark center 6 stitches at front of bag and back of bag. (This will be the opening for the handles.)
Starting at side of bag for rnd, Hdc in ea st over to the beginning mark for center 6 sts, Ch 8 and attach yarn with a Hdc in the next st after the center 6 sts mark. (You leave the center 6 sts unworked.)
Hdc in ea st around to the other side of bag. Match front of bag by leaving the center 6 sts unworked. Ch 8 then continue working Hdc in ea st to complete rnd ending at side of bag. Check your work to make sure the back matches the front of bag. Adjust your sts as needed to match.

Rnd 20
Hdc in ea st over to chain for handle. Work 9 Sc evenly and tightly around the chain. Then Hdc in ea st around to other side’s chain for handle. Work 9 Sc around the same as the other side’s handle, then Hdc in ea remaining sts of rnd.

Rnd 21
Hdc in ea st around to handle, Switch to N hook and Sc in ea st of the handle. Switch back to Q hook and Hdc around in ea st around to the other side’s handle. Using N hook again, Sc in ea st of handle, then with Q hook finish side by working Hdc in ea st of rnd.

Rnd 22
Repeat rnd 21 until the last two sts of rnd. Work Sc and then Sl St in the last st of rnd at side of bag. FO and weave in the end to make a smooth edge at top edge of bag.

Flowers:
I added a few different crocheted plastic flowers on the front of my bag. You can mix and match the colors, number of petals, and size as you wish. Leave the ends long when you complete your flowers so you can attach them to the bag from the inside.

Small flowers:
Using J hook, Ch 4, join with sl st to make a ring. *Ch 4, Sc into ring*, repeat between * to create the number of petals you want for your flower. One of my small flowers have 5 petals and the other one has 8.

Large flowers:
Using J hook Ch 4, join with sl st to make a ring. *Ch 8, Sc into ring*, repeat between * to create the number of petals you want for your flower. One of my large flowers have 5 petals and the other one has 6.

Weave ribbon through stitches and join at front with a bow tie.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Ea – Each
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2009

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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6 Responses to “Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag”

  1. Rachel
    Jun 19, 2009

    Another great bag Cindy!
    I know what ya mean when you have plenty of white bags. The little flowers are adorable and a perfect addition.

    Rachel’s last blog post..Crochet Hamburger Dress


  2. Kristy
    Jun 20, 2009

    Someone at my local library saves the yellow and blue newspaper plastic bags for me. You can always ask friends and places like the library to save non-white bags for you.

    Kristy’s last blog post..How to make large juice pouch notebooks


  3. All Things Eco Blog Carnival Volume Fifty Six | Focus Organic.com
    Jun 22, 2009

    […] presents Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag posted at My Recycled Bags.com. RecycleCindy says, “Add a little flower power to your recycled bag […]


  4. […] presents Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag posted at MyRecycled Bags.com. This bag is really cute but as I said I never finish my crochet […]


  5. Graham
    Jun 26, 2009

    What a lovely blog. It’s so refreshing to see a blog on a simple subject made so interesting. I hope you continue to update with your lovely bags and creations. I honestly never realised that you could do so much with recycled fabric!


  6. Jacquetta Ellerbee
    Dec 30, 2009

    Good Morning i read your blog often and wanted to wish you all the best for the New Year!



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    […] presents Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag posted at My Recycled Bags.com. RecycleCindy says, “Add a little flower power to your recycled bag […]

  2. […] presents Flower Power Plarn Tote Bag posted at MyRecycled Bags.com. This bag is really cute but as I said I never finish my crochet […]

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