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Seahawks Inspired Recycled Bag

January 22, 2016 2 comments

Here is my latest recycled plastic tote bag. It was inspired by the Seattle Seahawks and I used their team colors when I crocheted the tote. I used what I loving call boring white plastic bags in this crocheted tote bag. White plastic bags are very plentiful but need something to spice them up so blue and apple green acrylic yarn in Seattle Seahawks colors were added for stripes and trim.

I crocheted the tote bag using my flat bottom tote bag pattern. The crochet pattern is free and you just need to alternate some crocheted stripes using your favorite team colors as shown. Adding colorful yarns is a great way to pretty-up those boring white plastic bags and you end up with a cool-looking recycled tote bag.

Here is a photo taken laying flat of the recycled plastic tote bag.

If you are looking for more free recycled plastic yarn or plarn patterns, here is the direct link […]

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 No comments yet
Christmas Greeting

May the magic of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year. I will be back in the new year to share more crocheting and recycled craft projects. Until then happy holidays everyone![…]

Plarn Star Christmas Ornaments

December 7, 2015 1 comment

Crafting with recycled materials is always a rewarding venture for me. It is truly taking trash or otherwise useless material and creating something new. The new item can be a work of art that is pleasing to see or repurposed into something useful. In this case of recycling plastic bags, I have crocheted some Christmas ornaments that I affectionately call my plarn star Christmas ornaments.

Below I have two different sets of Christmas stars, one is crocheted with recycled plastic bags or plarn and then the other matching one is done in acrylic yarn. The granny stitch stars are both made using the exact same pattern that can be found here[…]

Happy Halloween 2015

October 26, 2015 4 comments
Halloween Pumpkin Yogurt Cup

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween. Here are a few last minute recycled craft ideas. My little recycled plastic bag pumpkin is a great project that only requires a small amount of plarn.

Check out this cool trick or treat bag that was completely crocheted from recycled orange plastic newspaper bags. Here is the free crochet pattern for my plarn trick or treat bag.

One final idea to share is for reusing small plastic yogurt cups. […]

Green Recycled Scrubbies

September 28, 2015 3 comments
Crocheted Box Fan Dishcloth

Here are some 4 inch wide diagonal scrubbbies I crocheted using recycled green produce nets. These are soft plastic nets that I purchase lettuce in at my local grocery store. Here is the diagonal crocheted scrubbie pattern that I use to make the scrubbers. It only takes 3-4 plastic nets to crochet each scrubber along with about 1/2 ounce of cotton yarn.

The nice thing about these little scrubbers is that they are sturdy enough to scour your pans and soft enough not to scratch non-stick surface pans. Plus it is a wonderful way to recycle the netting and repurpose them into something useful.

I wanted to crochet a green dishcloth to match my little recycled scrubbers so I tried out a new crocheted square pattern […]

Peppermint Scrubbies

July 29, 2015 5 comments

I love doing some Christmas in July projects. Here are some quick and cute peppermint scrubbies you can crochet that make wonderful little Christmas gift ideas. Of course I had to make some using recycled plastic bags.

Here is a crocheted scrubbie with a green plarn center made from a thin cut plastic bag. I used one green plastic bag cut 1/4 inch wide to make the center and used cotton to finish it. Just follow the pattern directions but use the thin cut plarn for the center portion of the pot scrubber.

Here is one more group of peppermint scrubbies I crocheted using different bits of cotton scrap yarn.

This cute little peppermint scrubbie pattern was created by Claudia from over at Delights Gems. You can download the[…]

Grey and Pink Plarn Recycled Bag

July 9, 2015 5 comments

I shared in a recent post about weaving the strap handle for this recycled tote bag. I made the strap using a spool knitter and variegated the plastic bag strips with grey and pink loops to form the woven strap. Then I crocheted the body of the bag using an open netting type stitch for the project. Here is the completed recycled tote bag.

Here is a closeup of the strap and top edge of the bag.

Below you will find the complete pattern to crochet the recycled tote bag. I hope you enjoy the pattern and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions as you work this pattern or any of my other free patterns.

Grey and Pink Recycled Plastic Tote Bag Pattern

Materials:
Plastic bags cut into 1” strips — approx. 30+ bags
Hook: Metal J (6 mm) crochet hook

Description:
Recycled Plastic Tote bag: 10″ by 12-1/2″ long with 25″ strap

All crochet directions are in US terms.

Round 1
With grey plarn, Ch 30, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st and then working around the backside of chain, Sc in ea st along the other side of original chain. […]

4th of July Parade of Projects

June 28, 2015 1 comment

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it was a good time for a red, white and blue parade of projects. These are taken from my prior shared patterns and feature a variety of fun items for the upcoming celebration of our country.

First a few projects honoring the US flag. Here is a crocheted dishcloth and matching potholder. Here is the pattern link for the crocheted flag dishcloth and the details for the flag potholder pattern.

Maybe you need to water bottle holder, if so check out this handy plarn water bottle holder made from recycled plastic newspaper bags. The free crochet pattern for the plarn water bottle holder is found here.

Should you need a tote bag to carry all your things, you might consider this all American plarn tote bag. You can find this plarn tote pattern here.

Need something a little smaller, […]

Weaving a Recycled Plastic Strap

June 3, 2015 5 comments
Spool Knitter

I needed to make a strap for my grey and pink colored recycled bag so I used a spool knitter. There are many variations of this 4-prong tool and you weave the loops around the posts by slipping the bottom existing loop off and over the new loop. You work around to each post in this manner to weave a long braided-style strap.


I love how by using the grey and then pink bags, the strap has a variegated look about it.

Here is a photo of the spool knitter I used which is made by Rugworks.

The handle is being made from recycled plastic bags made into plarn. I created a striped look for the strap handle by attaching two pink plastic bag loops together and then adding one grey loop. Then two more pink strands and one more grey and just keep repeating the process. […]


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Hello, I’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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