I present my plarn fat bottom bag that I crocheted using recycled plastic newspaper bags. You may remember me saying that it is difficult for me to obtain pretty colors in plastic bags for my crafting. Well thanks to a suggestion from a blogger friend, I asked my local library to save their newspaper bags for me. They have been giving me one pink and one orange plastic bag daily from their newspapers. Anyway I saved up the plastic bags and crocheted my first fat bottom bag.
You may notice that the pink shade on the last few rounds of the bag and handles are darker. That was because the newspaper company changed the color of bags they were using. At first I was upset that I couldn’t finish my recycled bag using all the same color of pink but then once I was forced to use the darker bags, it turned out to be a nice contrast for the finished project.
As I mentioned this is my first fat bottom crocheted bag. The original pattern in written only in Portuguese. But there is an English chart and a wonderful tutorial including the lining over at Bend Beanies Blog which is a life saver. She has great pictures and helpful tips to help translate this awesome free pattern.
Below you will find some pictures I took as I worked the pattern. I found it helpful to look at photos as I worked my bag and wanted to post the pictures as you may find them helpful too. I crocheted my plarn bag using a J (6 mm) crochet hook. I cut my plastic bags into about 3/4″ wide strips using my plarn making tutorial.
Here is shell started and also a photo after the base shell was completed. I laid it upon the lining fabric and cut around the shell to create my lining.
Here is the lining pinned in place before the gathering and the handles are crocheted. I hand-stitched the lining in place after I had it fitted evenly over the crocheted shell. Then the last photo is the lining when the bag is complete.
My Fat Bottom Bag Flap:
Several people have asked about the flap I added and wanted instructions on how to create this flap. Well ask you shall receive – Here are the crochet instructions for the flap.
Mark the center 12 stitches on bag opening. Attach plarn and work 12 Sc across the center. Ch 1, turn. And work 11 Sc across evenly for 6 rows.
Ch 1, turn, work 2 Sc together over the first 2 sts, then Sc in each st down to the last two sts, work 2 Sc together over the last 2 sts. (decrease made on each end.)
Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 2 sts, leave 3 sts in the middle unworked and Ch 2. Work Sc in the last 2 sts.
Ch 1, turn, work Sc in ea st and 3 Sc in chain 2 space for buttonhole, then Sc in remaining sts.
Ch 1, turn, work 2 Sc together over the first 2 sts, Sc in each st to last 2 sts, work 2 Sc together over last 2 sts. FO.
Edging: With right side facing and using either contrasting plarn or same color, attach plarn at upper flap edge and Sc around the flap evenly. FO.
I really enjoyed working this pattern and using the pretty recycled salmon pink plastic bags to create this upcycled bag. Who says trash can’t be re-fashioned into something of beauty?