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Dual Handled Recycled Plastic Tote

Posted on October 3, 2017

I have a new resource for brown plastic bags! Local Safeway stores have gone back to the brown plastic retail bags and I just love recycling them into new reusable tote bags.

Here is the recycled plastic bag or plarn tote bag I crocheted with the brown retail sacks. I also used some red plastic newspaper bags that an on-line friend sent me that her Wall Street Journal was delivered in. The red bags were just right to compliment the brown bags with the red writing on them and made for a nice stripe on the tote bag.

But the special thing about this recycled tote bag is the dual handles. It has the normal hand grip handle in the middle and also a 30 inch long shoulder strap. So you can either grip the bag with your hands or throw the long strap over your shoulder.

I followed one of my basic crocheted plarn tote bag patterns found here but with a few modifications. My changes were for the first six rounds, I worked single crochet (SC) stitches rather than half double crochet (Hdc). This gives the bottom of the bag a more dense and stronger base. At round 7, I worked in Hdc stitches and generally followed the pattern except for the grip handle, only worked 13 Sc around the handle chain so the handle would be smaller.

Three rows of recycled plastic newspaper bags were added for the stripe. I recycled the newspaper bags using this tutorial that shows how to make plarn or plastic bag yarn out of the sacks. You just crochet with the plarn that same way as with the brown retail bags.

The dual shoulder strap idea was taken from my jumbo dual handled tote bag pattern. The shoulder strap was crocheted using a K crochet hook. I attached at side and worked even on 5 SC stitches for 30 inches and attached to other side with slip stitches.

By adding the shoulder strap, this reusable tote makes a great book bag or market grocery tote. Recycling plastic bags into new and reusable items has been a passion of mine for over 10 years now. If you are just discovering the world of recycled crafting please check out all my free patterns and tutorials for more ideas.

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3 Responses to “Dual Handled Recycled Plastic Tote”

  1. Magda
    Oct 09, 2017

    Wow, this is such a great idea! This bag is so cool!


  2. Jessica
    Nov 03, 2017

    This bag is very beautiful, and thanks for your sharing!


  3. Joan
    Nov 30, 2017

    I love your bag. It looks so nice



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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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