Japanese Knot Bags are very handy and feature two handles. One handle is shorter than the other so you can pull the longer handle through the shorter as a quick and unique closure for the bag. I thought a Japanese Knot would be a cool idea for a recycled tote bag.
I used mainly recycled grey Walmart plastic bags to crochet the tote bag with 4 blue plastic bags for the stripe. It took about 50 plastic bags cut 1 inch wide and made into plarn (plastic bag yarn) to crochet my Japanese knot tote bag. I loved how the blue really helped set off the bag to give it a nice look to an otherwise boring grey bag. Overall I am very happy with the results of my latest crocheted reusable bag.
Here is a closeup of the top with the Japanese knot used for the plastic bag tote closure.
As always, here is the free crochet pattern so everyone can crochet their own recycled Japanese knot tote bag.
Japanese Knot Plarn Tote Pattern
Hook: “N” (9mm) size metal hook
All directions are in US crochet terms.
Bag measures 14” wide flat across the front, 12” tall, 9-1/2” round bottom with one handle 10” long and the other 15” long.
Ch 3 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.[…]
I just finished crocheting this striped reusable tote bag. Each year I crochet a recycled bag item for my local Relay for Life event. They use the donated items in gift baskets and for their fundraising.
I used my ultimate recycled grocery tote pattern to crochet this bag. I just added three rows with pink recycled plastic bags or plarn, one row with blue, and then three final rows in pink again before switching back to white plarn. Finding the colored plastic bags isn’t easy and just a few can spice up a plain white tote bag such as this one. Plus I always like to use pink in my projects that I crochet for Relay for Life in support of breast cancer awareness.
This crocheted recycled tote bag measures […]
I’m excited to share my latest version of a recycled bag. It’s a wheelchair or walker tote bag. It’s crocheted mainly in grey plastic bags with puff stitch stripes in red, white and blue.
These handy little totes can be hung from a wheelchair or walker. This particular pattern calls for buttons but you can also use velcro for the closures if you’d like.
I have crocheted many different styles of wheelchair tote bags over the years. If you are looking for a free pattern using regular worst weight yarn here is my patriotic wheelchair tote pattern. Maybe you’d like to crochet the tote bag using recycled t-shirts cut into t-shirt yarn. If so, here is my free t-shirt yarn wheelchair tote bag pattern.
This puff stitch pattern features three stripes but you can always add more or make the tote bag longer by adding more rounds. I have several photos below that you can click on to super size them for more detail.
Puff Stitch Crocheted Wheelchair Tote Bag
Closeup of the puff stitching
Plarn Puff Stitch Wheelchair Tote Bag Pattern
One large ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn” in grey and small ball of
red, white and blue plarn cut 1 inch wide
2) 3/4 inch buttons
“J” (6 mm) size metal crochet hook
Description: Wheelchair or Walker Tote Bag
Tote bag measures 10-1/2” wide and 9″ long with 6-3/4” long straps
Using grey plastic bag yarn or plarn, Ch 31.[…]
I love to create and craft with plastic bags (plarn) and other recycled materials. I love to share my ideas and post my free patterns on My Recycled Bags.com. I take pleasure in writing my craft patterns and posting my picture tutorials for everyone to use freely. I love to assist anyone who asks for help with my pattern directions or needs advice while working on a craft project.
But I despise plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing somebody’s work or idea: the process of copying another person’s idea or written work and claiming it as original.
I am just amazed that someone would cut and paste one of my recycled bag patterns from my blog and claim it’s theirs. Some people must not have a conscience. Not only did a person recently copy a free crochet pattern of mine, but they profited by claiming it was their pattern and posting it on a major craft site.
This isn’t the first time someone has taken my work and claimed it was theirs. And I’m sure it will not be the last time. But let me be very clear here. I maybe a small town country girl but no one steals from me and takes credit for my work. I will not tolerate the theft of my patterns and copyright infringement of blog content.[…]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile on how to create a tote bag that fades from black to white using recycled plastic bags or plarn. Here is what I came up with. I used recycled black plastic bags to start and then grey bags to the dirty-white colored bags and ended with white plastic bags.
I used the ultimate plarn tote bag pattern to crochet the bag with just some minor changes. On round 3 at the curve of the ends, I crocheted 2 Half Double Crochets (Hdc) in the first stitch at the curve. Then I worked just 1 Hdc in next stitch and 2 Hdc in the stitch at the other part of the curve. Repeat for the other side’s end.
For round 4 curve, you want to identify the 4 stitches on the curve of each end. Crochet 2 Hdc in the first stitch, then 1 Hdc in each of the next 2 stitches and 2 Hdc in the next stitch. Repeat for the other end. This should give you a nice rounded corner on each side of your bag.
Now follow the original pattern directions, changing colors as follows: […]
Here are two plastic baskets I crocheted from recycled plastic packages and plastic retail bags. The red basket has several rounds from a large red hashbrown plastic package that I cut into plastic bag yarn or plarn. The blue basket has two large recycled toilet paper packages cut into plarn too.
All of the plastic package materials were cut into plarn using a single strand. I used the single strand cutting method as the plastic was so thick and it was easier to cut it about 3/4 inch wide in a single strand to crochet with it. For the plastic retail bags, I made plastic bag yarn using my plarn making tutorial which is done using the looping method.
I wrote up the pattern details and have listed it on my free pattern page. In case you aren’t familiar, I offer all my patterns and tutorials free of charge. You can find everything from recycled bag patterns, repurposed denim projects, to crocheted regular yarn items. I have a large library of free patterns available so check out the link above to see all my patterns.
Free Crocheted Plarn Basket Pattern
Plastic bags cut into strips 1” wide (Approx. 15 bags)
and recycled plastic packaging from hashbrowns and toilet paper packaging cut about 3/4″
wide using the single strand method
All pattern details are written in US crochet terms.
Hook: “K” (6.5 mm) size crochet hook
Description: Crocheted Recycled Plastic Bag Basket –
Basket measures 6-1/2” tall, 6-1/2” base and with 3-1/2” wide handle openings
Starting with a magic circle, work 8 Sc into circle. Join with Sl St to first Sc.[…]
I have tons of white plastic bags as many people do. Most people that craft with recycled plastic bags find it difficult to find pretty colorful bags. You can usually find a few unique colors but it’s almost impossible to find enough bags to crochet a complete tote bag. So I’m always on the quest to find new ways to embellish my white tote bags. Here is my latest crocheted recycled plastic bag. It’s a red, white and blue striped reusable tote bag. It uses around 30 white retail bags and only about 3 blue plastic bags and 3 red newspaper bags. As you can see, just a few colorful bags can dress up an otherwise boring white plastic bag tote.
To crochet this recycled tote bag you basically use my Ultimate Grocery Bag pattern and add the stripes using the red and blue plastic bags cut into plarn. I also changed up the handles a bit and will detail the changes below to explain how to crochet this recycled plastic tote bag.
I used a N (9 mm) crochet hook to work this tote bag. The finished size is 13 inches wide and 14 inches long with 9 inch handles.
Following the basic pattern link, crochet with white plastic bag yarn (plarn) for 19 rounds. End at side of bag with a slip stitch. […]