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Pink Recycled Plastic Hat

March 14, 2014 No comments yet

It’s been 5 years since I first crocheted a baseball type cap from recycled plastic bags. Recently someone asked me to clarify some of the pattern details so I thought it might be a good idea to re-work the pattern.

If you read my blog last month, you might remember me blogging about these pretty pink plastic bags that an on-line friend sent me. Well I used them to create pink plarn and crocheted this recycled baseball cap using about 20 plastic bags.

The pattern worked up a little different with this crochet project but generally the hat came out looking about the same. I did have to decrease a bit to get the hat tighter on my head and add another row to the brim portion of the hat. Here is the original crocheted recycled plastic baseball pattern with the changes noted in the post. […]

Puff Stitch Wheelchair Tote

February 22, 2014 5 comments

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

Materials needed:
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

Hook:
“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

Directions:
Using grey plastic bag yarn or plarn, Ch 31.[…]

Precious Pink Plarn

February 13, 2014 2 comments

Finding pink plastic bags is very difficult. So when an on-line friend asked if I’d like some pink bags, I jumped at the chance. Cindy said her local store had been using the pretty pink plastic bags during the breast cancer awareness month last October. She saved the bags for recycling and offered them to me for crafting.

Cindy and I did a little horse trading as she needed a few old audio tape reels so I mailed her the reels and she sent me these precious pink bags.

After cutting up the bags, I created this ball of pink plarn.

If you are new to crafting with recycled plastic bags, you can use my plarn making tutorial to learn how to cut and assemble plastic strips into plarn.

If you are looking for a recycled plastic yarn (plarn) project, you can find all my free plarn patterns here. […]

Pink and Grey Plastic Bag Tote

November 8, 2013 No comments yet

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 […]

Dollar Store Purse Lining Hack

October 20, 2013 1 comment

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 […]

Going Pink with Plarn

October 10, 2013 No comments yet

October is breast cancer awareness month. Everyone is going pink, donning pink apparel and displaying pink everywhere. So what better time for going pink with plarn and showing off the pink here at My Recycled Bags!


Recycled Newspaper Plastic Bag Bucket

Maybe you are looking for a pink recycled plastic purse crochet pattern. Check out these plarn purse projects below.[…]

Free Recycled Plastic Bag Plarn Patterns

October 1, 2013 2 comments
Gingham Plarn Purse

Are you looking for free patterns to use recycled plastic bags? Maybe you already know that you can make plarn by cutting plastic bags into strips to create yarn that you can craft with. Whether you are new to crafting with recycled materials or a veteran who has made recycled tote bags, plarn purses, plastic bag rugs, or any of the other many items that can be made from recycled plastic, I hope you will enjoy seeing this roundup of plastic creations.

Recycled Plastic Fat Bottom Purse

Recycled Plastic Trash Rug

Plarn Reusable Produce Bag

Gingham Plarn Purse

Round Recycled Plastic Bag Rug[…]

Recycled Dog Food Bag

September 10, 2013 2 comments

I’ve had recycling a dog food bag on my to-do list for quite some time. I’ve saved several of the plastic webbed food bags and just needed to rinse them out and upcycle them into tote bags. The first step was to remove the dog food odor and clean them.

I opened the bottom seam of the bag as it was just taped closed. I washed them out in the bath tub and then rinsed once with white vinegar and let them air dry. There still was a hint of dog food smell so I sprayed down the inside of the bag using a homemade citrus-vinegar solution. After another rinse and dry, the bags smelled clean with no hint of dog food.

Once the bags are all clean and dry, I was ready to start cutting. For the larger tote, I cut the bottom off just above the writing and details of the bag. I did this to try and eliminate some of the boring part of the bag. I then cut part of the top off and folded over the top edge twice to make a nice hem. The finished size of the recycled dog food tote bag is 17 inches tall, 15 inch wide and 6 inches deep at the base. I used some webbing strap material to add the handles and just folded them under the hem before sewing the top hem in place. This secured the handles in place and hid the ends of the webbing. The finished length of the handles are 10 inches long on my bag shown.

Here is the inside of the tote bag with the bottom sewn […]


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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. I love to learn and share information about crocheted and other items crafted from recycled materials. This is a green, eco-friendly website that is dedicated to recycling and crafting.
This blog and my life have taken on a new journey when on March 10, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have added a special area on my blog in which I chronicle my journey into the pink.
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