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Recycled Pink Plastic Purse

May 29, 2012 3 comments

I have been saving these pink plastic grocery bags for a special project. I finally decided to crochet a pink purse and donate it to this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser. In case you are wondering about these beautiful pink bags, they are special and very hard to find. A dear on-line friend sent them to me and I am so happy to be able to recycle them into a cool new purse.

Here is a closeup of the cable stitching at the top and the strap. Just click to super-size.

I have named this purse Pink Passion Plarn Purse and lined it as shown. Please enjoy the free crochet pattern below.

Pink Passion Plarn Purse Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn” cut 1” wide – Approx. 25 pink plastic grocery bags
Here is my picture tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags
1 oz worst yarn for trim and strap – Red Heart light raspberry used

Hook: J (6 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Recycled Pink Plastic Plarn Purse
Bag measures 10-1/2” wide and 8-1/2” long with 28” strap

Directions:
With plastic bag yarn (plarn) Ch 26. […]

My Useful Ideas

May 19, 2012 No comments yet

I have been working a new venture and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce my new blog My Useful Ideas.com

My Useful Ideas is a blog where ideas will be shared that are designed to save you money, help you solve a problem, answer a question, fix a problem, explain how to deal with a situation, and generally help you out. I am not an expert but will share with you ideas and solutions that I have found work and that are helpful in everyday use. Some of the ideas are very basic and which you may have read about in the past but I write to share my experiences and hopefully help out someone who may have not had to face the same challenge yet in their life.

My new blog will allow me to have a place where I can share my non-crafting ideas and keep this blog more for recycled crafting and crocheted craft projects. It is my plan to share helpful ideas for everyday living and beyond. Topics will include everyday challenges such as[…]

7 Inch Baby Doll Bunting

May 10, 2012 3 comments


Here is a small baby doll bunting I crocheted. It fits a doll that is 6 to 7 inches tall. This is a variation of a 12-inch doll bunting pattern that I crocheted last year.

So whether you have a small doll like this one shown or a larger baby doll, you can use my free patterns to crochet your doll a cute baby bunting. Enjoy and happy crocheting!

Baby Doll Bunting Pattern

Fits a 6-7” Baby Doll
Bunting measures: 3-3/4” wide between armholes, 4-1/2” sleeve openings,
5-3/4” around at neck and 6-1/2” long
Hook: Metal “G” (4.25 mm) US sized crochet hook

Materials:
1.25 oz – worst weight yarn
Small amount of contrasting yarn for trim
Small button for back closure

Directions:
Ch 23 […]

Plarn Laundry Basket

May 1, 2012 25 comments

I’m happy to present my crocheted laundry basket. This laundry basket project is made from recycled plastic bags or plarn. In case you are new to the idea of crafting with plastic bags, here is my picture tutorial showing how to make the plastic yarn from the plastic retail bags.

This laundry basket project has been a huge undertaking. It is the largest recycled plastic bag project that I have ever crocheted. It has well over 150 bags in the finished product. When I set out to crochet a laundry basket, I wanted a large enough bag that I could use for a clothes hamper as well as a carrying bag for transporting the laundry to and from a laundromat.

The basket has a round base and while it looks funneled-shaped at the top, its really round in it’s overall shape. The photo above has 6 large beach towels in the bag and as you can see it still has room for more. You can also roll down the top and handles when using it for a hamper so it stands up if the basket isn’t full.

Plarn Laundry Basket Pattern

Materials needed:
Approx. 150+ white plastic grocery bags for main bag and
20 grey plastic bags for stripe and trim

Hook: “N” (9 mm) U.S. size metal hook
Description: Plarn Laundry Basket Bag
Bag measured flat: 22” wide and 28” long with 14” strap and
22” tall standing with 17” wide bottom

Directions:
Rnd 1
Using a magic circle, Sc 6 times into circle with white plarn. Don’t join but work in rounds unless advised otherwise. Use a stitch marker to mark rounds. […]


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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. I love to learn and share information about crocheted and other items crafted from recycled materials. This is a green, eco-friendly website that is dedicated to recycling and crafting.
This blog and my life have taken on a new journey when on March 10, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have added a special area on my blog in which I chronicle my journey into the pink.
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