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Merry Moose Christmas

December 23, 2013 No comments yet

Well it’s nearly Christmas and I just wanted to share this tin moose candle holder. Isn’t he cute? Anyway I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday. I’m just finishing up my last crafting for the holidays and it’s time to start cooking. Oh and relaxing too.

Merry Christmas to all! […]

Crocheted Pointed Towel Toppers

December 14, 2013 No comments yet

I have been on a towel topper crocheting frenzy lately. Here are several of my recent finish offs to share. These were done without sewing and just crocheting into the top layer of the towel. The first one is crocheted in blue cotton with the towel topper added along the top edge. The towel is folded in half with the topper then added which creates a double layered towel.

Next is a towel also folded in half and green cotton used to add the towel topper.

These towel toppers were made using my free crocheted pointed handle towel topper pattern. They require no cutting and no sewing of the towels. Several people have asked me about the number of stitches to do along the top. The answer is […]

Crocheted Mini Scalloped Christmas Stockings

December 3, 2013 No comments yet

Here are several more crocheted mini Christmas stockings I made for the Warmth for Warriors drive. These stockings feature a scalloped top edging.

The socks were crocheted using this Christmas stocking pattern which I just modified a bit. The edging was then added to the top of the sock by crocheting a scalloped edging and a hanging loop. The first two I used a lightweight yarn for the scalloped edge so I only worked 4 DC between 1 skipped stitch. The pattern is as follows:

Attach lightweight yarn at back heel edge of sock with a single crochet (SC) […]

Recycled Turkey Craft Ideas

November 26, 2013 3 comments
Wine Cork Turkey

Well it’s nearly Thanksgiving and I was browsing around and found several cool recycled turkey craft ideas. Check out this cute turkey using a recycled toilet paper roll from Dillydaliart.

Here is a turkey place card you can make using recycled paper such as postcards or lightweight cardboard.

How about using some old wine corks to create a turkey place card for your Thanksgiving table?[…]

T-Yarn Coffee Cup Mat

November 18, 2013 1 comment

I have wanted to learn how to crochet using a Tunisian stitch and decided to try a small recycled material project to start out. I used a strip of t-shirt cut about 1/4 inch wide and then stretched it gently to curl it into what I like to call curled t-yarn.

Using the curled t-shirt yarn and a I sized Tunisian crochet hook, I set out to crochet myself a t-yarn coffee cup mat. I found this Tunisian stitch picture tutorial very helpful in learning the basic stitch.

To crochet my coffee coaster, I started with a chain on of 16 stitches with my t-shirt yarn and […]

Pink and Grey Plastic Bag Tote

November 8, 2013 No comments yet

I present a pink and grey plastic bag tote featuring a netting stitch look. I crocheted this tote bag using recycled grey retail bags and pink plastic newspaper sacks. Both types of plastic bags were cut into strips using these plarn making tutorials.

I just love the fish net look of this stitch in pink plarn. It’s just so pretty looking. The contrast between the pink plarn and grey really works well together.

I made some minor changes from the original plastic net market bag pattern. I used a J (6 mm) crochet hook when I crocheted the pink plarn section. The pink recycled bags are thinner and the J hook makes a tighter stitch. I also did 23 rounds finishing […]

Cotton Candy Baby Set

October 29, 2013 2 comments

I love crocheting! I don’t know if you all know that but it’s true. I get caught up at times or as DH says obsessed with crocheting. I crochet with recycled plastic bags, vcr video and cassette tapes, and I crochet with t-shirts cut into yarn and I crochet with yarn. I’ll crochet with just about any material I can get my hands on. Anyway with that being said, I’ll share some of my latest crocheting.

I present my cotton candy baby set. The material looks like spun cotton candy as I used a strand of pink worst weight yarn along with a white fingering yarn held together when I crocheted these items. I followed my cuffed baby booties crochet pattern to make the booties. The hat is just a basic beanie and I added my scalloped crocheted edging to the hat to finish it off.

I just love these booties and the crochet pattern is free.[…]

Dollar Store Purse Lining Hack

October 20, 2013 1 comment

This post is going to show you how to use a dollar store purse for a plarn purse lining. This hack is a great way to use this cheap purse for a crocheted purse lining. Turn the dollar purse inside out so the colorful flowers are on the inside and it becomes a quick and easy purse lining.

I crocheted two recycled plastic bag panels out of plarn using a J (6 mm) crochet hook. I worked increases and decreases with the plastic bag yarn to create a similar shape to the dollar store purse. Here is one panel as I began to crochet the opening for the purse handle and a closeup of the stitching around the opening. I just worked in a circle around the opening crocheting until I had a circular opening to match the dollar store purse.

Put the two panels together and using a strand of plastic bag yarn, stitch down one side, across the bottom and back up to the top. Using a H (5mm) crochet hook, I added some novelty yarn to trim out the circular opening and along the top edge. This completes the recycled plastic purse shell.

Once the plastic shell is done, I inserted the dollar store purse inside my crocheted plarn purse. I hand stitched the lining in place […]


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Hello, Iā€™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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