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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.

T-Yarn Pot Handle Cover

November 8, 2009 10 comments
Rug Yarn Pot Handle

This recycled craft project was created by me out of necessity. I needed a pot handle cover for my old cast iron skillet. The handle gets hot and I wanted a sleeve type cover that I could just leave on the skillet. Well I grabbed some curled t-yarn or tarn and started crocheting. Here are my two finished t-yarn skillet covers.

Maybe you haven’t heard about t-yarn yet. Well it’s yarn you create from old recycled t-shirts. You take the t-shirts and cut them into long continuous strips. I then stretch it which causes the t-yarn to curl in on itself. Here is a picture tutorial if you’d like to make your own t-yarn.

The nice thing about t-yarn or tarn is that it stretches and fits snugly on my skillet handle. I also wanted to make one using regular rug so I crocheted this handle cover using some thrift store black rug yarn.

So whether you’d like to crochet your handle cover using recycled materials or regular yarn, here is the free pattern and details below. This pattern is easily adaptable for pots and skillets of different sizes. It’s a very easy pattern with simple stitches that works up quickly. So what are you waiting for — Grab your hook and crochet!

Free Crocheted Pot Handle Cover Pattern

Finished handle cover shown is 5″ long and 1-3/4 to 2″ wide

1 oz) T-yarn cut about 1/2″ wide and stretched or chunky rug yarn

Hook: J (6 mm) crochet hook

Rnd 1
Using T-yarn or regular yarn, ch 10 and join with Sl St to form a ring.

Plarn Plastic Bag Keeper

November 1, 2009 8 comments
Plarn Plastic Bag Keeper

Here is a handy plastic bag keeper crocheted from what else — recycled plastic bags or plarn.

This project was crocheted using plastic bags made into plarn along with one strand of some fingering weight yarn I had to add color. You just crochet holding the plarn and the yarn together. I then trimmed the top and bottom edges using just the fingering yarn. I also used the fingering yarn to make the ties for the bag as shown. This project was a request for a teal or turquoise bag holder and since I can’t really find that color of plastic bags to recycle, I added this yarn that I got at a garage sale for just 25 cents. Anyway using regular yarn along with recycled plastic bags is a great way to add color and spice up those boring white bags.

Enjoy the project and free crochet pattern below.

Plarn Plastic Bag Keeper Pattern

Finished Bag Keeper measures 4 inches circular wide and 18 inches long. Strap holder length is 10 inches.

One large ball of plastic bags cut into 1 inch Plarn strips (Approx 25 bags)
3 ozs fingering yarn

Hook: Metal N (9 mm) US sized hook

Rnd 1
With plastic bag yarn (plarn) and fingering yarn held together, Ch 30, Sl St to join in first st of chain to form ring.

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.

Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your interest in My Recycled Bags!