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A Slice of Plarn

Posted on February 27, 2011


I call my latest recycled bag A Slice of Plarn. It is crocheted using salmon colored plastic newspaper bags. The finished purse looks like a slice of tangerine or orange to me and therefore this is how this plastic bag project got its name.

The pattern I used is for a crocheted hobo bag that is available free over at Crochetspot blog site. I adapted the pattern just a bit to allow for the difference between using plastic bag yarn and regular yarn. I worked the pattern in half double crochet stitch rather than double crochet. I also worked a row of single crochet along the inside wedge edges just to give it a smoother finished.

My finished bag is 9 inches tall and about 10 inches wide. I worked just single crochet stitches on the strap to provide a stronger strap so the plastic wouldn’t stretch too much when the purse is used.

My button loop includes another round of single crochet around the basic chain that the original pattern calls for. Again because I was working with plarn, I felt that my loop need the extra round of stitching to make a secure closure.

So whether you want to make your purse with recycled plastic bags or yarn, I hope you enjoy the project and thanks to Rachel for another great free pattern over at Crochetspot.

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5 Responses to “A Slice of Plarn”

  1. CrochetBlogger
    Feb 28, 2011

    Great looking plarn bag!


  2. jamie
    Feb 28, 2011

    sooooo cool! really!! but my question is, how did you make plarn with this particular shape/size of plastic bag? i’m familiar with how to do it with the typical grocery bag, but newspaper bags are much smaller with a significantly different shape. if created the same way, there would be many very small strips to join together.

    anyway, you are now bookmarked! 🙂


  3. Cindy
    Feb 28, 2011

    Jamie- Yes, I cut them into strips and they are just short loops but I join them just as I do in my plarn making tutorial here.


  4. Ismael Franceschini
    Dec 04, 2011

    A well created bag ever! I always appreciate things that are made by recycled materials and of course I am impress those people who creatively made it (like you). This is great stuff. Keep doing great!


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