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Recycled Christmas Cards

December 24, 2018 No comments yet
Recycled Christmas Card Ornament


Merry Christmas! I have been recycling old Christmas cards into ornaments for years. I just love taking the beautiful old cards and repurposing them.

It is very easy and children especially can enjoy recycling the cards and crocheting around the edges. Here is the instructional tutorial on how I recycle the cards into these ornaments.

Also be advised that if you don’t want to crochet around the card edges, you can always use a craft needle and yarn to whip stitch around the edges for decorating.

Here are some of my creations for 2018.[…]

Granny Christmas Tree Ornament

December 19, 2018 1 comment
Granny Square Christmas Trees

I saw this cute granny square tree ornament and just knew I had to try it.

The tree on the right was the first one I crocheted. I had trouble with the pattern and couldn’t get my stitch counts to come out to match the pattern. So I improvised and did my own thing to get the tree to come out looking okay.

I reached out to the pattern designer Squibbly Bups for the Granny Christmas Tree pattern to figure out the pattern as written. I heard back from her and found out she counts the Ch-1 as stitches so that is why I was off on my stitch counts. I re-worked the pattern which is the tree ornament on the left.

I also changed up the base of the final row on the tree to just work […]

Happy Halloween 2018

October 22, 2018 No comments yet
Recycling Pumpkins

It’s nearly Halloween again and time to share some recycled Halloween ideas.

Over at My Useful Ideas, there is a great post about celebrating Halloween with less Trick-or-Treat trash. Every year the Halloween holiday creates tons of leftover trash. Everything from pumpkins to plastic candy bags, old decorations and costume castoffs. Then there are the candy wrappers and dropped candies that can be found on the sidewalks and along the streets.

Let’s face it, Halloween creates a lot of trash. But there are alternatives and ways to help make the Halloween holiday a bit more greener with less trash.

First consider using recycled decorations and a recycled or reusable candy bags for trick-or-treating. I have several patterns and ideas for making Halloween candy bags and decorations here.

Here is one crocheted plastic treat-or-treat basket that could be reused year after year. It is made from recycled plastic bags and the base is a recycled microwave dinner tray.[…]

BLO Mini Christmas Stockings

July 14, 2018 1 comment
BLO Mini Christmas Stockings

I have a new mini Christmas stocking pattern to share here at My Recycled Bags. This stocking is crocheted all in the back loop only or BLO as the commonly known abbreviation in the crocheting world.

The pattern can be worked in worst weight yarns for a 6 inch long stocking from top to toe. Or if you use an Aran or light weight yarn, the stockings measure about 5.5 inches long using a G (4 mm) crochet hook. I have shared a few photos here of the basic pattern, but feel free to crochet this pattern in stripes, work the first few rounds of the toe in a different color or even make a scrap yarn stocking by crocheting a mash of colors.

As always, here is the free BLO mini Christmas stocking pattern for your crocheting pleasure.

BLO Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

6 inch long stocking with Red Heart WW yarn
5.5 inch long stocking with Aran yarn

G (4 mm) crochet hook
Pattern uses less than 1 ounce of total yarn

This stocking should be crocheted in the back loop only (BLO) unless otherwise directed.

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Chain 4 and join to form a circle.[…]

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.[…]

More Mini Christmas Stockings

September 19, 2017 1 comment
More Mini Christmas Stockings

We have been making mini Christmas stockings for Warmth for Warriors over at Ravelry for the past month. Cindylen of Good Things Together helped host a stocking along in which over 250 handmade mini socks were made.

I tried my hand at more crocheted waistcoat Christmas stockings. I find if I work the waistcoat stitch only on the chart portion of the stocking, I have a much easier time crocheting the pattern. I use the waistcoat crochet mini stocking pattern and only crochet the waistcoat stitch for the chart. There are many different chart patterns that a person can use on the mini Christmas stockings. I find the ones that are about 10-12 stitches across are the best suited for the stocking fronts. Here are a few examples[…]

Recycled Denim Mini Stockings

August 27, 2017 4 comments
Recycled Denim Mini Stockings

We have been making mini Christmas stockings for the troops over at Ravelry. We are in the middle of a stocking-along at the Good Things Together group. I haven’t made any recycled denim stockings this year and figured it was time. So I broke out the sewing machine and stitched up 3 denim stocking shells.

I added crocheted tops to each of the 3 denim stockings. Here are the final results.

The stocking-along is for mini Christmas stockings that will be sent to the Warmth for Warriors organization. Each year people handcraft the little stockings and then they are filled with small goodies and shipped off to the troops.

Last year over 1900 mini stockings filled with soaps, toiletries, and candies were sent to our troops as a little Christmas gifts. The handmade stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

Here is the link to my mini denim Christmas stocking tutorial. It is very simple to cut two pieces of denim from old jeans and stitch them together. Once that is done, you just add 3-4 rows […]

Top-Down Christmas Stocking

May 27, 2017 No comments yet
Top-Down Christmas Stocking

Here is a new mini Christmas stocking crochet pattern. This 6 inch long stocking pattern features a ribbed cuff and is worked top-down. There is an option for a folded over cuff which was a later idea added to the original pattern. Directions for both styles are listed in the free crochet pattern below.

Top-Down Crocheted Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook ā€“ approx. 52-55 yards depending on yarn medium weight yarn
or 56-60 yards for longer fold-over cuff option.

With Caron Simply Soft yarn- length is 6 inch long from top cuff to toe. 2.75 inches wide across top cuff.

With Red Heart Super Saver yarn- length is 6-1/3 inches long. 3 inches wide across top cuff.

R 1: Leaving a long tail to start, chain 8 and Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)[…]


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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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