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Favorite Plarn Patterns

September 23, 2009 2 comments
Red Ribbon Clothespin Bag

I just finished crocheting another plarn clothespin bag from recycled plastic bags. This pattern and project is one of the most favorite plarn patterns here at My Recycled Bags. Not only do many people copy and crochet this pattern for their personal use but I also sell many of this recycled bag each year.

Please feel free to crochet this handy clothespin bag for yourself or as a gift for the upcoming Christmas season. Here is the free pattern link. Maybe you don’t crochet and would like to purchase one of these upcycled clothespin bags. If so you can find this item offered here for sale.

Baby RR Afghans

September 18, 2009 2 comments
Blue Baby RR Afghan

I have been busy lately crocheting baby RR (round ripple) afghans. These are so much fun and a great way to use up stashed yarn or scraps you may have. These were all made using Aggie May’s pattern from Crochetville. There are several different free versions of the RR afghan pattern available on the Internet.

I created this edging which has a layered-look as I used a sport weight yarn and a worst yarn.

Edging Instructions:
Using sport/baby yarn, Ch 3 in any space on the RR, Dc in same space, Skip 2 sts, Sl St into next st. Repeat working *Ch 3, Dc in sm st, skip 2 sts, Sl St in next st.* End with Sl St to base of first Ch 3. FO.

With new worst yarn, work same edging as above but work from behind first edge row. They creates a ruffled layered look.

Here is my baby blue scrap yarn RR that I crocheted using up several different skeins of miscellaneous yarn that I’ve had on hand.

Both of the baby afghans above were crocheted for 3rd Annual Afghans for NICU Babies Christmas drive. Kathryn over at Crochetville is requesting baby blankets for this year’s drive. You can read more about the drive here if you’d like to help this very special cause.

This last RR afghan was crocheted for my Granddaughter Ana. I am thrilled to share that Little Ana was born Sunday, September 13. She is so cute with dark brown hair and a button nose. She is the most precious little baby and we are all feeling so blessed with her healthy arrival.

Recycled Scrubber & Dishcloth

September 11, 2009 5 comments
Recycled Red Netting

Here is a little scrubbie I crocheted using recycled produce netting bags and cotton yarn. These large red nets were sent to me by reader of my blog who asked me if I’d like to use them in a recycled craft projects. I was thrilled to receive her package that contained about 10 of these large red nets. I cut them into 1 inch wide strips and looped them together just like I do with my plastic bag plarn The red netting is stiff and a bit hard to crochet but it makes a wonderful scrubber when you are done.

Here is a photo showing a net and a sample of the cut strips. You can click on any of my photos to supersize them.

The nets are circular and open on both ends so I just cut across the middle to make my strips. Here is the link to my picture tutorial I made showing how I cut green plastic lettuce netting into strips and assembled them.

To complete this little kitchen set, I crocheted my star dishcloth. The free pattern for this dishcloth can be found here.

My star dishcloth shown here was crocheted all in cotton yarn but I do have an option if you’d like to add a recycled plastic center for extra scrubbing power to the dishcloth.

Below you will find the free pattern for the scalloped pot scrubber.

Scalloped Pot Scrubber Pattern

Scrubber measures: 4-1/4 inches Square
Hook: Metal J (6 mm) sized crochet hook

3/4 oz – Bernat Holly Jolly Prints cotton yarn
1 – large red produce plastic netting bag (cut and looped together)

Holding cotton and netting together, Ch 4, Sl St to form ring.

Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern

September 5, 2009 16 comments
Plarn Floppy Hat

Several people have asked about hats lately so here is a recycled floppy hat made from plastic bags or plarn. It’s crocheted using plarn and you can add ribbon to the finished project as shown in the pictures.

Here are several photos showing the floppy hat. It stretches nicely to fit your head as shown above. I hope you enjoy this recycled hat project and happy green crafting to all!

Recycled Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bags cut into strips to create a ball of plarn approx. 22-25 bags
2 yards of ribbon

Hook: N (9 mm) USA size metal hook

Description: Floppy plarn hat measures flat 9 inches long from top center to edge with 19″ head circumstance and 4″ brim

Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring. (Don’t turn throughout)

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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