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Crocheted Baby Diaper Covers

April 2, 2015 1 comment
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Using crocheted diaper covers is a great way to provide a little extra protection for plastic disposal diapers or as a soaker cover over cloth diapers. I used Boomer Beanies worlds best diaper cover pattern and followed the pattern as written using just a single strand of yarn for my first diaper cover I crocheted. Several other people had used the same crochet pattern and created a double thick diaper cover by crocheting with two strands of yarn held together. I loved this idea and set out to adapt the pattern to create my own variation of a double thick diaper cover.

After playing around with the gauge and size of the cover, I used the original pattern following cloth size 1 as I crocheted the pattern using two strands of worst weight yarn. Changes I made were chain 21 stitches to start using a J (6 mm) crochet hook. […]

Red White & Blue Plarn Basket

March 18, 2015 3 comments

Here is my latest crocheted recycled plastic bag basket. This basket uses mainly grey Walmart plastic bags and then I added stripes of red, white and blue “plarn” to decorate it with a patriotic theme.

I used an old plastic-coated clothes hanger for the handle. I cut a piece 19 inches long and put some curved ends on the hanger so I could attach it to the sides of my crocheted basket.

Once I had the hanger attached to the inside of the basket, I used a pliers to squeeze closed the curved hooks around the top edge to secure it to the basket.

Now for the free crochet pattern details for the basket.[…]

Thick Front Post Crocheted Hat

March 4, 2015 3 comments

Here is my very thick front post crocheted hat. The hat is crocheted by working all front post double crochet stitches in the round. The result is a comfortable very heavy winter hat that will keep you warm.

You can add a few extra rounds to make a longer hat as this is one more of a helmet cap as shown. I have included changes for a smaller ladies or youth size in the free crochet pattern below.

Thick Front Post Crocheted Hat Pattern

Hook: “H” (5 mm) US sized crochet hook
Materials: 3 ounces (200 yards) – Wool or Worsted Medium Weight Yarn
I love this Wool in Dark Navy used in hat shown. (210 Yards)
Finished size: 22 inch cir and 8 inches long for adult size hat

With H hook, Ch 4 and join to form ring. Hat pattern is worked in the round without turning. […]

My Corner to Corner Afghan

February 22, 2015 1 comment

Here is my first ever corner to corner afghan. I crocheted this using one strand of black yarn held with different shades of blue scrap yarn I had in my stash. I tried to do a color scheme by starting and ending with the same bright shade of blue yarn. I then just used some different colors with a light blue yarn in the center.

I used this corner to corner afghan pattern to crochet my blanket. The pattern has a good video tutorial that is found here which I found very useful on how to get the pattern started.

Here is one photo while the lapghan was in progress.[…]

Being Creative Finding Colorful Plastic for Plarn

February 12, 2015 4 comments

People frequently ask me where I find all the different colored bags for recycled bag projects. I admit it is harder to find pretty colors of plastic bags to turn into yarn or plarn as it is referred to now. Plarn is the plastic yarn made by cutting recycled plastic into strips. One tip I want to share today is that you must be creative finding colorful plastic to recycle into plarn.

One such example is this large red plastic bag that hash browns are sold in.

It is mostly a nice bright red color and can be cut into a thin strip to make plarn. Because this plastic is very thick, I cut it in one long continuous strip about 1/2 inch wide.[…]

Crocheted Potholders with Recycled Rings

February 4, 2015 1 comment

I love crafting with recycled materials. So when I crocheted these potholders, I used recycled plastic rings for the projects. I recycled these plastic rings from milk, juice and other plastic bottles.

Here are two crocheted potholders I made using my recycled rings. The green potholder has a milk jug ring for it’s loop ring and the blue speckled potholder has a smaller juice ring for the hanging ring. So depending if you like a larger hanging loop or smaller, just choose the ring dimension that you like best to crochet around the plastic ring for your potholders.

Both of these potholders were crocheted using my free basic potholder pattern. […]

Basic Twisted Cowl Scarf

January 26, 2015 5 comments

As you may know, I love basic and easy crochet patterns. So I set out to crochet myself a basic winter cowl scarf that I could wear to keep me warm. Not only can this cowl scarf keep my neck warm, it also can double as a hooded scarf.

I just love this crocheted cowl scarf. It’s is simple to crochet and works up fast. I hope you will find this pattern useful and let me know if you have any questions as you work the free crochet pattern below.

Crocheted Twisted Cowl Scarf Pattern

Finished size: 74 inches long and 10 inches wide.

N crochet hook
2-1/2 skeins of Olive Green Paton wool yarn used
557 yards / 8.75 ozs
All terms in USA crochet directions.

Ch 29 to start for a 10 inch wide scarf […]

8 years and Still Going

January 18, 2015 16 comments

8 years ago on January 24, I posted my first blog post here at My Recycled Bags. Since 2007 I have shared and added over a hundred different recycled and crocheted patterns. I have battled and so far beaten cancer and posted over 400 blog posts. Through it all, I have meet and become friends with many wonderful people on-line.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all my friends, family and on-line acquaintances. The last 8 years has been fun and very rewarding. As you may know, I love to crochet and make things from recycled materials. Over the years I’ve created things from plastic bags, denim, t-shirts, VCR tapes, cassette tapes, old clothing, and other recycled materials. I share all my patterns free to everyone from plarn to denim on my patterns page where I have all the projects shown with thumbnails.

I hope you have found this blog site useful and have enjoyed reading it as much as I have sharing projects, ideas and thoughts over the years. […]

Sweater Wrap Vest

January 3, 2015 3 comments

I can now reveal my crocheted sweater wrap I crocheted for my DIL for Christmas. When I saw this cute sweater wrap pattern I just knew I had to crocheted it for her.


I used a 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook and Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Grand Canyon. It took 3 skeins which was 753 yards (688 meters), 15 ounces to complete the wrap. Finished size is 9-1/2 inches wide by 82 inches long.

Here is a photo before I joined the back seam.

Here is a closeup of the stitching on the front side.

I did not get a photo taken of sweater vest on but here is a photo of the designer modeling her vest wrap.[…]


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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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