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Recycled Plastic Messenger Book Bag

Posted on September 19, 2020

I crocheted this messenger book bag from recycled plastic Safeway bags. People ask me all the time how many bags it takes to crochet different projects of mine. I did a calculation on this project as I crocheted it. I found that I used about 3 bags for two full rounds on the crocheted body of the bag. Therefore I used about 39 bags to crochet the main body of this book bag. Overall I recycled about 60 plastic bags to crochet the messenger book bag.
Recycled Plarn Messenger Book Bag

I cut my plarn about 1 inch wide using the looping method to create my plastic bag yarn.

I crocheted 26 rows in half double crochet (HDC) before starting the flap. For the flap, I crocheted 12 rows in HDC before starting the decreases for the tapered flap. I crocheted a total of 25 rows and then added a edging of single crochet stitching around the edges of the flap. By adding the single crochet stitches, it helps even out the edges and makes for a smooth finish to the flap.

I crocheted my strap even on 6 stitches wide for a 35 inch long strap.

The original crochet pattern for the messenger bag is found here. It’s a free plarn crochet pattern and I just tweaked it a bit to make this smaller book bag of 14″ wide by 11.5″ long. The original crochet pattern makes a 15-1/2 inches wide and 13 inches long bag with a 42 inch strap.

Plarn Messenger Book Bag crochted with plastic bags

You might have noticed that the Safeway plastic bags are more tan in color on the body of the bag. These were some very old bags I had stored. And now Safeway uses a more brown bag and therefore I tried to do the flap in all of those bags to stay uniform in my project. As I said above, this recycled bag project recycled about 60 plastic bags and hopefully my librarian friend will enjoy this book bag as a retirement gift.

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8 Responses to “Recycled Plastic Messenger Book Bag”

  1. frendzit
    Oct 02, 2020

    Wow… Superb article. Everyone use this kind of bags maybe they save the beautiful nature around us. Thank you so much for sharing this article

  2. Meera
    Oct 07, 2020

    superb messenger book bag….a lot of recycle products should come in feature

  3. anna
    Oct 08, 2020

    this is great bag you have this will sure reduce a lot of waste

  4. jenny summers
    Oct 08, 2020

    This is one of the great way to reuse plastic the bag looks great

  5. imagesday
    Nov 04, 2020

    Amazing Blog

  6. Dave John
    Nov 10, 2020

    It’s a really nice bag.

  7. Karthika
    Nov 25, 2020

    Great! It’s a really nice one.

  8. Chloe Smith
    Jul 10, 2021

    Wow. Lovely bag, you are talented

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