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Wool Ribbed Hats

January 13, 2018 1 comment
Wool Ribbed Hats

I am kicking off my 2018 crocheting with some wool ribbed hats. These 100% wool hats are for this year’s Warmth for Warriors hat drive.

The crochet pattern is free and here is the link for the ribbed hat pattern.

I crocheted the hat on the right a little bigger than the written pattern. I crocheted 5 rounds of ribbing instead of the 4 rounds called for in the crochet pattern. The result is a longer hat with more ear coverage.

If you are looking for a charity craft project for 2018, please consider joining us over at the Warmth for Warriors group on Ravelry. We make hats, blankets, lapghans, and mini Christmas stockings each year for Veterans and our troops. We always need more volunteers and love to have more people join us in this charity crafting cause. […]

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.[…]

Recycled Plastic Bag Clothes Pin Bags

December 8, 2017 5 comments
Recycled Plastic Bag Clothes Pin Bags

I have been working on an order of clothes pin bags crocheted from recycled plastic bags. These bags are crocheted using recycled plastic retail bags cut about an inch thick. The strips are joined by using the looping method to create what is called plarn.

Here is one more I crocheted with white plastic bags along with a few rounds of blue bags for an accent stripe. I love adding the ribbon to the projects as it spices up the recycled bag look.

I have crocheted many clothes pin “peg” bags over the years. This is one of my earliest plastic bag patterns that dates back to 2007 when I started my blog. Here is the free plarn clothes pin pattern.

Feel free to use the pattern to crochet your own recycled clothes pin bag or for charity work. It is also fine to sell the clothes pin bags you make using my pattern and please just provide pattern credit to My Recycled Bags. Also I do acccept orders for this bag and have one available for immediate purchase at my products page.[…]

Crocheted Twiddle Muff

November 24, 2017 2 comments
Crocheted Twiddle Muff

Twiddle muffs are used by people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The twiddle muffs provide them with something to hold and manipulate, and something to fidget with thus the name twiddle muff. The result of twiddling with the different textures and items on the muff has a calming effect on a person. Plus it doubles as a hand warmer which can provide additional comfort for a person.

It is a great project in which to use recycled materials. I set out to use such things as plastic juice rings, plastic bags, old buttons, beads and ribbon along with different textures of yarns.

I had this special green plastic bag that was sent to me from an on-line friend. I used the green bag to crochet this 4-leaf plarn clover.

I used fun fur to crochet around a recycled milk jug ring that is sewn on the twiddle muff below.[…]

Scrappy Star Dishcloths

November 10, 2017 4 comments
Scrappy Star Dishcloths

I have this big bag of cotton scraps that I have been trying to use up. I decided to crochet some star dishcloths and attempt to reduce my stash of bits of cotton at the same time.

Here is a closeup of the purple star dishcloth.

This pattern is called My Star Dishcloth and dates back to 2008. The pattern is free and does require light blocking and pulling on the points once done to get a flat lay to the cloth. But of course after washing, […]

Ribbed Baby Hats

November 2, 2017 1 comment
Ribbed Baby Hats

It is November and a great time to start making warm hats. I crocheted these baby hats using a pattern from Beverly Qualheim.

It is a free pattern with options for different baby sizes. I found that if I crocheted just 30 stitches to start the hat, it comes out just about right for a newborn baby. The pattern is quick and easy to crocheted and is worked side to side. Once done, you stitch up the seam and gather at the top to close.

The finished size of my hats are[…]

9 Years Later

October 17, 2017 3 comments
9 Years Later

It has been a year since I have made a post in My Pink Journey. As October is breast cancer awareness month, it has become my yearly check-in with you all.

In what I have called My Pink Journey began back in 2008 when I was first diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. 2008 was a year filled with treatment which included surgery, chemo, radiation and Herceptin maintenance for a year. It was a rough and difficult year to say the least. But the good news, I kicked cancer’s butt and have remained cancer free for 9 years now. Wow 9 years feels awesome!

The NFL has a great saying, Make a Crucial Catch regarding breast cancer. I like this slogan and it really applied to me as I found my own lump and got it checked out early. Early detection is very important so do make that appointment, have a mammogram, do self-exams, and above all, be diligent and don’t wait.

So as we wrap up October, […]

Recycling & Dishcloths

October 13, 2017 1 comment
Recycling & Dishcloths


You may be wondering how recycling and dishcloths go together? Well I had received this pretty green glass jar with a flower arrangement in it recently. It is a lovely jar and I thought it would be a nice item to recycle and decorate for an upcoming charity fundraiser. So I rolled up a few crocheted dishcloths and placed them in the jar and I added an inspirational ribbon as an embellishment around the top. Here is the finished project which I call a recycled jar of cloths.

I also tried out a new dishcloth pattern called Ship’s Helm. This is a super easy and very fast pattern. Here are the three cloths I crocheted using the pattern.[…]


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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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