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Striped Ultimate Recycled Tote Bag

Posted on May 7, 2017

I crocheted this recycled plastic bag tote using the free ultimate recycled grocery bag pattern. It is crocheted with recycled brown Safeway grocery bags and a few green bags added for stripes.

Lots of people ask how many bags does this project need to complete? It really depends on the bags and how you cut them. I cut these bags each 1 inch wide to create the plastic bag yarn or plarn. For the brown bags, I did a calculation to see how far one single bag made into plarn would go on each round. I found that it took about 1.8 bags to crochet a single round on the main body of the bag. I kept a count and used about 53 plastic bags to complete this recycled grocery tote bag. Finished size is 13″ by 13″ with 9 inch handles.

I hope my calculations on how many plastic bags are needed for a recycled bag project help people. But remember bags can vary and how you cut them and your crochet methods will all add into the equation. So don’t worry too much about the number of bags needed for your project and just enjoy recycling the plastic bags and making something new and useful out of them.

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4 Responses to “Striped Ultimate Recycled Tote Bag”

  1. Jackie Hawkins
    May 08, 2017

    I love seeing all the items you create from recycling plastic bags. I found your website a few years back and was prompted to start using plarn. Since that time I’ve made dozens of purses, backpacks and shopping bags from plarn. I donate the backpacks to the local homeless shelter. The men there love the bags and I can barely keep up with the demand.


  2. Cindy
    May 08, 2017

    @Jackie – Thank you so much for sharing your plarn making stories. I love hearing from people who use my patterns and help out charities through recycling. Keep up the good work for these worthy causes.


  3. George fields
    May 18, 2017

    I really inspired from your post that you are sharing idea of using plastic bags for useful purpose. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  4. Nidhi
    May 27, 2017

    Oh My. this is very useful information and this is the very good idea of using plastic bags for good purpose. I like that.



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Hello, Iā€™m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.


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