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Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

June 5, 2017 No comments yet
Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

As you might expect, I have a huge stash of white plastic bags. People give me bags all the time to recycle. They know I use them to make plarn and crochet them into new useful things. So this is my latest project, a large water bottle holder.

This water bottle holder is designed to hold a large Nalgene reusable bottle or a 32 ounce water bottle. I used this free crochet pattern to make the water bottle carrier but with a shorter strap. The original pattern calls for a long strap that can be worn across the body. This water bottle holder has a […]

Recycled Mini Scrubber

May 19, 2017 No comments yet
Recycled Mini Scrubber

Here is an easy recycled bag project to make a mini kitchen scrubber. All you need is a small amount of yarn and about 3 plastic lettuce nets. I just save the green plastic nets that my lettuce comes in from the grocery store.

This simple scrubber is made by crocheting the recycled plastic diagonal scrubbie pattern.

I have a picture tutorial here on how to cut and assemble the plastic lettuce nets. You just need to assemble 3 nets to crochet a 4 inch scrubbie along with a small amount of […]

Striped Ultimate Recycled Tote Bag

May 7, 2017 4 comments
Striped Ultimate Recycled Tote Bag

I crocheted this recycled plastic bag tote using the free ultimate recycled grocery bag pattern. It is crocheted with recycled brown Safeway grocery bags and a few green bags added for stripes.

Lots of people ask how many bags does this project need to complete? It really depends on the bags and how you cut them. I cut these bags each 1 inch wide to create the plastic bag yarn or plarn. For the brown bags, I did a calculation to see how far one single bag made into plarn would go on each round. I found that it took about 1.8 bags to crochet a single round on the main body of the bag. I kept a count and used about […]

Hashbrowns Bags Recycled

March 28, 2017 1 comment
Hashbrowns Bags Recycled

I have been saving hashbrowns 5 pound plastic bags to recycle them into a crocheted basket. I saved 5 bags and cut them into plastic bag yarn or plarn. Because the bags are made from thick plastic, I cut one long continuous strip about 1/2 inch wide. I joined the strips together with a knot which I then just hid within my stitches as I worked the basket.

Each bag cut in a single 1/2 inch wide strand equals 23 yards of plarn. When I started this project I had 5 bags cut up and began crocheting the basket using my small recycled plastic basket pattern. Here is the link to crochet the project […]

10 Years of Blogging

January 23, 2017 6 comments
10 Years of Blogging

January 24 marks my 10th year of blogging and crafting here at My Recycled Bags. When I started this blog back in 2007, I had just began crocheting with recycled plastic bags. Crafting with plastic bags which later was called plarn has because a very well known recycled craft.

My first post on January 24, 2007 started out by telling the history behind my crafting with recycled plastic bags. It featured a photo of my brown recycled handbag purse. For years now I have used this image as my avatar and it is what many people recognize as the signature image of my identity on the Internet.

I have crocheted and crafted hundreds of recycled projects over the years. I have created and shared over 100 free crochet and craft patterns on this blog. You can find all my free patterns here […]

Small Recycled Plastic Basket

November 12, 2016 4 comments
Small Recycled Plastic Basket

I am back to share a new recycled plastic bag plarn project. In this project, I set out to create a small basket tray to use for holding items for an upcoming charity fundraiser. I wanted a tray type basket to hold the items and also one that could be reused for kitchen or bath items later.

This was a fun and quick plastic basket that I crocheted using less than 20 recycled plastic retail bags made into plarn using the looping method of cutting and assembling the bags. Below you will find the free crochet pattern and details. Enjoy the pattern and happy crocheting to all!

Crocheted Plarn Basket Tray Pattern
Materials:
Plastic bags cut into strips 1 inch wide to create plarn yarn. Here are the pieces I crocheted to put the plastic tray basket together. (Approx. 13 bags in white and 4 brown bags)

All pattern details are written in US crochet terms.

Hook: J (6 mm) size crochet hook
Description: Crocheted Recycled Plastic Bag Basket Tray
Basket measures 8-3/4 inches long, 4 inches tall, 3-3/4 inch wide ends and with 5-3/4 inch handles

Directions:
Row 1
Ch 30, Hdc in 3rd st from hook and in each st down to end. Ch 2, turn. (27)[…]

Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

July 24, 2016 4 comments
Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

I crocheted this plastic basket from recycled plastic retail bags. The bags are cut 1 inch wide and connected using the loop method to create plarn or plastic bag yarn. Here is the free plarn basket pattern I used to crochet the basket.

The basket is filled with kitchen items for an upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser. Included in the basket are potholders, an oven mitt, dishcloths and pot scrubber.

The jute and green granny square kitchen items were shared in a recent blog here […]

Mini Plarn Flower Basket

June 11, 2016 3 comments
Mini Plarn Flower Basket

I needed a little mini flower basket for a garden theme crochet project so I cut some plastic bags very thin to accomplish this tiny recycled plastic basket. The basket is filled with wild Yarrow and Lupine flowers.

I used 2 recycled plastic bags and cut them in long continuous strips just a 1/4 of an inch wide. Here is one bag cut just 1/4 inch wide and rolled into a little plarn ball. As you can see this is thin, single strand plarn. I joined strips with a small knot and then just crocheted over the ends on the inside of the basket to hide the splices.

Mini Crocheted Plarn Flower Basket Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook
2 plastic retail bags cut 1/4 inch wide in one continuous single strand

Finished basket size: 3 inches wide x 2.75 inches tall

Directions:
Rnd 1
Ch 2 and SC 5 times in the 2nd ch from hook. […]

Vintage Red Plastic Water Bottle Holder

April 10, 2016 No comments yet
Vintage Red Plastic Water Bottle Holder

I was so excited to receive these unique vintage red newspaper bags from an on-line friend Judy. She saved them from her delivery of a newspaper and mailed them to me. I cut about 30 bags into 1 inch wide strips using this newspaper plarn-making tutorial for the narrow bags.

Here is a photo of one of the long narrow newspaper sacks I recycled into yarn aka plarn.

The water bottle holder was crocheted using this free […]


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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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