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Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

February 14, 2018 No comments yet
Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

Here is a baby blanket I crocheted in a round ripple pattern. I used a Lion Brand Mandala yarn cake in colorway Unicorn to crochet this blanket. I did use a scrap of pink yarn at the center to get things started.

I finished the round ripple with the pink shade that I pulled out of the center of the cake. I wanted to end round ripple blanket with the blues all in one round. Then I pulled out the pink to finish the round ripple with a round of single crochet for trim.

Finished width is 35 inches and I do have a bit of the Mandala cake of yarn left to start another blanket. This blanket is going to a favorite NICU baby blanket drive over at Crochetville.[…]

Mulberry Plarn Gift Basket

February 4, 2018 1 comment
Mulberry Plarn Gift Basket

I crocheted a gift basket using recycled white plastic bags cut into plarn for an upcoming library fundraiser. I wanted to color match the basket with a few cloths in the gift basket. So I used the same mulberry cotton yarn for the stripe on the basket as I did when I crocheted the cloths.


Here is the free plarn basket pattern which I used to crochet the basket. I used double strands of regular cotton yarn to crochet the matching stripe.

My camera doesn’t really capture the matching colors but the items do look good together and I am hoping people will bid on this for auction for the library.

The cloths were crocheted using the same mulberry I love this yarn for the corded cloth and within the large mandala crocheted cloth. Here are the links for the crochet patterns for the cloths. […]

Kitchen Towel Toppers

January 24, 2018 No comments yet
Kitchen Towel Toppers

I crocheted several kitchen towel toppers last month for gifts. Now that Christmas is over, I can share them here on my blog. It seems that everyone enjoys receiving these handmade towels so every year I crochet a few of them for friends, co-workers, and family. I do try and not give them every year to the same people as I don’t want them to get tired of receiving them.

My towels are double layered as I fold the towels in half and then crochet through both layers to add the tops. The nice thing is that there is no cutting or sewing needed to begin crocheting the towel topper onto the towel.[…]

Wool Ribbed Hats

January 13, 2018 1 comment
Wool Ribbed Hats

I am kicking off my 2018 crocheting with some wool ribbed hats. These 100% wool hats are for this year’s Warmth for Warriors hat drive.

The crochet pattern is free and here is the link for the ribbed hat pattern.

I crocheted the hat on the right a little bigger than the written pattern. I crocheted 5 rounds of ribbing instead of the 4 rounds called for in the crochet pattern. The result is a longer hat with more ear coverage.

If you are looking for a charity craft project for 2018, please consider joining us over at the Warmth for Warriors group on Ravelry. We make hats, blankets, lapghans, and mini Christmas stockings each year for Veterans and our troops. We always need more volunteers and love to have more people join us in this charity crafting cause. […]

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2017 4 comments
Merry Christmas

Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Enjoy my Christmas gift I am sending out to you all from My Recycled Bags.

May you and your family have a most blessed Christmas. Merry Christmas! […]

Holiday Crocheted Towel Topper

December 17, 2017 3 comments
Holiday Crocheted Towel Topper

I am busy finishing up a few last minute Christmas gifts. I love crocheting towel toppers and using holiday towels make wonderful gifts. Here are a few I crocheted using the double-layer method. You fold over the towel and crochet through both layers to create a useful kitchen towel and an attractive gift.

These were crocheted using the free pointed handle towel topper pattern. I added a jingle bell for the closure in place of a button.

These are fun and quick projects. You can crochet the complete towel topper in just a matter of a few hours. So if you are in need of a last minute gift, consider hand making a gift which will be long remembered after a store bought item.[…]

Recycled Plastic Bag Clothes Pin Bags

December 8, 2017 5 comments
Recycled Plastic Bag Clothes Pin Bags

I have been working on an order of clothes pin bags crocheted from recycled plastic bags. These bags are crocheted using recycled plastic retail bags cut about an inch thick. The strips are joined by using the looping method to create what is called plarn.

Here is one more I crocheted with white plastic bags along with a few rounds of blue bags for an accent stripe. I love adding the ribbon to the projects as it spices up the recycled bag look.

I have crocheted many clothes pin “peg” bags over the years. This is one of my earliest plastic bag patterns that dates back to 2007 when I started my blog. Here is the free plarn clothes pin pattern.

Feel free to use the pattern to crochet your own recycled clothes pin bag or for charity work. It is also fine to sell the clothes pin bags you make using my pattern and please just provide pattern credit to My Recycled Bags. Also I do acccept orders for this bag and have one available for immediate purchase at my products page.[…]

Crocheted Twiddle Muff

November 24, 2017 2 comments
Crocheted Twiddle Muff

Twiddle muffs are used by people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The twiddle muffs provide them with something to hold and manipulate, and something to fidget with thus the name twiddle muff. The result of twiddling with the different textures and items on the muff has a calming effect on a person. Plus it doubles as a hand warmer which can provide additional comfort for a person.

It is a great project in which to use recycled materials. I set out to use such things as plastic juice rings, plastic bags, old buttons, beads and ribbon along with different textures of yarns.

I had this special green plastic bag that was sent to me from an on-line friend. I used the green bag to crochet this 4-leaf plarn clover.

I used fun fur to crochet around a recycled milk jug ring that is sewn on the twiddle muff below.[…]

Scrappy Star Dishcloths

November 10, 2017 4 comments
Scrappy Star Dishcloths

I have this big bag of cotton scraps that I have been trying to use up. I decided to crochet some star dishcloths and attempt to reduce my stash of bits of cotton at the same time.

Here is a closeup of the purple star dishcloth.

This pattern is called My Star Dishcloth and dates back to 2008. The pattern is free and does require light blocking and pulling on the points once done to get a flat lay to the cloth. But of course after washing, […]


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