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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

Materials:
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.

Materials:
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.

Crocheted Baby Sweater Set

October 27, 2009 3 comments
Baby It's Cold Outside Sweater Set


Here is a baby sweater set that I crocheted for my new grand daughter. This sweater is from a free pattern called Baby It’s Cold Outside. It is worked all in one piece and is an outstanding pattern. Here is the link to the pattern found at Crochet Me. I added a matching crocheted spiral hat and the cap pattern can be found here.

The photo makes the yarn look red but it’s really more of a hot pink. I crocheted the sweater using 2 strands of Caron Simply Soft yarn and finished it off with Bernat Baby Boucle for the trim. I really enjoyed this pattern and plan to make another larger size soon.

Thanks for looking and please make it a great crafting day![…]

Recycled Trellis Tote Bag

October 22, 2009 2 comments
Recycled Trellis Tote Bag


Crochet this recycled trellis tote bag which has been shared from a reader friend of mine Diane. Diane has shared other patterns at my blog and here is her latest recycled creation using plarn. She has added some flowers to finish off her tote bag and asked me to share the free pattern below.

If you need a tutorial on how to make yarn from plastic bags into plarn, here is the link. Thanks Diane and please enjoy her free crocheted tote bag pattern.


Free Trellis Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of Plarn (approx. 25-30 bags)
Hook: N (9 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Tote bag/handbag
Bag measures: 11 inches wide by 12 inches long

Direction:
Ch 24 somewhat loosely

Recycled Halloween Party Favors

October 16, 2009 1 comment
Recycled Halloween Party Cup

Here is one more recycled Halloween craft project. It uses a yogurt cup and yarn to create a cute party favor. This is a perfect kid’s craft project as they can decorate the cup for Halloween. I cut construction paper eyes and a mouth to decorate my treat cup. Let your kid’s have fun with this and decorate the cups using yarn and different colored construction paper.

I used regular yarn to crochet this cup holder and the free pattern is found below. If you’d like to use vcr tape with yarn, here is that free pattern link.

Recycled Halloween Treat Cup

Materials needed:
1 oz Black yarn
Small amount of Orange yarn
Yogurt cup
Orange sheet of construction paper
Craft glue

Hook:
N (9 mm) metal crochet hook

Description:
Halloween Treat Cup – measures 3 inches wide and 3 inches tall with 9 inch handle strap

Directions:
Rnd 1
Holding two strands of black yarn together, Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.

The Whole Pink Thing

October 13, 2009 13 comments
Pink Cancer Ribbon


October is breast cancer awareness month. Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you seen all the pink stuff promoting breast cancer. Everywhere you look you find pink stuff. Pink NFL apparel, pink Halloween pumpkins, pink grocery bags, pink hats, pink jewelry, pink signs, pink websites, pink purses, pink key chains, pink coffee mugs, pink umbrellas, pink packaging, pink pink pink pink everywhere. I think you get my drift.

Some survivors feel companies are exploiting breast cancer and just slapping a pink ribbon on everything in an effort to sell their products. I’ve read that the pink ribbon, as a symbol, tends to pretty up what is a pretty ugly disease. Some say the pink ribbon is easier to look at than the disease itself.

Cancer is a nasty, cruel, and deadly beast. It attacks our healthy cells, assaults our bones and blood, destroys our vital organs, and invades our brains. Cancer takes our hair, our loved ones, our body parts and our lives. It causes pain, despair, misery, sorrow, and death. Cancer is not a pretty picture by any means, pink ribbon or not.

Many people feel overwhelmed by the constant pink reminder of cancer. I know I’ve never really been a big fan of the whole pink thing. I remember when I first was diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn’t want anyone to know and I sure didn’t want to wear pink cancer stuff. I remember being given a free pink baseball cap at my cancer treatment center. I did not want to wear it. Maybe I was in denial but I didn’t want to publicize my cancer by wearing pink. Later as I came to grips with my cancer and accepted it, I did wear my pink baseball hat. I don’t know if I am making any sense but these are the many thoughts I have about the whole pink thing. Oh don’t misunderstand my feelings about cancer awareness. If all the pink ribbons will help some women to get their mammogram or do self-exams, I’m all for it. I only hope that companies aren’t looking to profit off all this pink stuff as that just isn’t what this is all suppose to be about.

So please during this month of breast cancer awareness, do focus on the important message in all this. We all want to kick cancer out of our lives and the lives of others permanently. I pray for all those fighting this terrible foe, may you have healing and peace as you move along your journey. But ultimately I hope and pray a cure can be found once and for all!

Recycled Halloween Treat Cup

October 7, 2009 2 comments
VCR Tape Halloween Cup

Here is a quick and easy way to recycle your yogurt cups and make some cute Halloween treat cups. I have been wanting to do a recycled craft project using yogurt cups and I came up with the idea to crochet these cup holders. I used some orange yarn I picked up from a thrift store along with a strand of vcr video tape. Here is my tutorial on how to use vhs video tape as yarn if you are new to this recycled crafting site. You hold one strand of yarn along with the video tape to crochet these treat cup baskets.

Once you have the little basket crocheted, insert the yogurt cup inside and you can fill it with treats. These also would make wonderful Halloween party favors. Please enjoy this recycled craft project and Happy Halloween!

Recycled Halloween Treat Cup Pattern

Materials needed:
3/4 oz Orange Yarn
Small amount of recycled Vcr video tape
Yogurt cup

Hook:
N (9 mm) metal crochet hook

Description:
Halloween Treat Cup – measures 3 inches wide and 3 inches tall with 9 inch handle strap

Directions:
Rnd 1
Holding one strand of vcr tape together with orange yarn, Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.

Crochet a Toy Plarn Ball

October 1, 2009 3 comments
Round Plarn Toy Ball


I was asked recently for a round toy ball pattern. Well ask and you share receive. In an effort to continually make this blog a comprehensive library of free patterns using recycled materials, here is my free crocheted toy plarn ball project.

My recycled plastic toy ball has a 5 inch diameter and reminds me of a nerf ball as it’s soft. It would be a great toy for a child or a play toy for a pet. It also is a wonderful way to use up those little scrap pieces of plastic bags that you have leftover when you create your plarn. You can use the handles and end pieces to stuff your toy plarn ball.

This is a simple pattern but I had to re-work it four times to get it round. Who says creating patterns is easy — LOL. This toy ball is worked all in one piece and my final product is pretty round. You could probably easily adapt the crochet pattern to make it a smaller or larger ball as desired.

Please enjoy the pattern and you can find a list of all my free recycled craft patterns here.

Free Crocheted Round Plarn Toy Ball Pattern

Materials needed:
*Plastic bags cut into strips 1 inch wide and interlocked to create plarn. (Approx. 12 plastic bags)
The tutorial on how to create yarn from plastic bags can be found here.
*Scraps of plastic bags for ball stuffing.

Hook:
J (6 mm)size metal crochet hook

Description:
Recycled Plastic Toy Ball – 5 inch diameter

Directions:
Using plastic bags cut into plarn, Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.

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.