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Ponytail Girls Hat

January 15, 2022 No comments yet
Crocheted Ponytail Hat

You probably have seen these ponytail hats or messy bun hats that people are sporting these days. I crocheted this ponytail girl’s hat for my granddaughter. I looked at a few patterns but didn’t see the size and style that I was exactly looking for. So I set out and created this hat and will share the pattern details below.

I will first say that my GD has very thick hair and so this opening is fairly wide at 3.75 inches. I did use the vertical stripe hat pattern for the basis of my ponytail hat.

I crocheted a chain of 25 to begin for hole for the ponytail and joined it to make a ring. Then I worked 33 double crochet (DC) around the chain ring and then followed the pattern of DCs for 6 rows. I then started working the front and back post DCs. Check your length before you finish off to make sure your hat is long enough.

Below is a closeup photo of the top opening for the ponytail.

Two Stripe Plarn Tote Bag

January 2, 2022 No comments yet
Two Stripe Plarn Tote Bag

It is a new year and time for a new recycled bag! What better way to kick off a new year but with a new homemade reusable and upcycled tote bag. This tote bag was crocheted using about 45 brown plastic bags and 12 reddish-colored newspaper delivery sacks.

Here is a closeup of the top and handles.

This bag is very similar to my basic crocheted tote bag pattern but with a few changes including two stripes. The two stripes were added by cutting up 12 recycled plastic bags that newspapers are delivered in. Here is the tutorial link for cutting newspaper sacks into plarn to use as yarn.

I have provided the full new crochet pattern below for everyone’s personal use. As always, my patterns are free and I hope people will enjoy them.

Two Stripe Plarn Tote Bag Crochet Pattern

Materials needed: Plastic bag yarn “Plarn” in main color brown (40+ bags) cut 1 inch wide
and approx. 12 contrasting colored plastic bags for stripes

Hook: N (9 mm) size metal hook

Description: Recycled Plastic Tote Bag

Bag measures 12 inches wide and 12 inches long with 5 inch handles

Directions:
Ch 28

Rectangle Granny Blanket

December 20, 2021 No comments yet
Rectangle Granny Blanket

I just delivered this rectangle granny blanket to my local VA outreach representative. They come once a month from Spokane and each month I try and have a charity craft donation for them. The VA outreach program rep takes the items back to the VA hospital and uses them where needed.

I love the look of a granny blanket and this rectangle granny blanket pattern is awesome. You don’t have to join squares and it works up so nicely. Plus I love using various skeins of yarn to work up a unique blanket for donation.

I do just a few mods on the original crochet pattern. For the joining corner, I add my yarn at the chain 1 corner then chain 3 and work 2 more DC stitches at the corner. So I have basically 3 DCs at the corner to start a new color. I then continue around the blanket following the pattern until I get back to the beginning of the round. I work 3 DCs in the same corner space when I started and then chain 1 and join to the top of the beginning chain 3. Makes for the neat corner and the join looks better in my opinion.

If I am not changing colors, after the join at the corner, I turn my work so I am looking at the back of the blanket. I slip stitch back into the corner chain 1 space. Then turn my work back to the right side of the blanket and work 2 DCs into the same chain 1 space. So I have 3 DCs at start of corner counting the chain 3 as a DC. Again I think this corner joining tip looks better then slip stitching over several stitches to reach the corner.

Here is a closeup photo of the trim edging that I added.

Christmas Towel Toppers

December 8, 2021 No comments yet
Poinsettia Towel Topper

I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about crocheted towel toppers as much as I love crocheting them. Here are a few more towel toppers I completed for Christmas gifts.


This poinsettia towel is a Dollar store special and looks so pretty with a red crocheted towel topper. A jingle bell is added for the button closure.

Here is a close up of the crocheted topper. Here is the link to the free towel topper pattern.

Next is another one of my free double layered towel topper patterns.

Holiday Towel Topper

November 6, 2021 No comments yet
Holiday Crochet Towel Topper

I picked up this pretty holiday towel at Family Dollar for just $2 dollars. It’s a nice thick towel that was just calling to me for a Christmas towel topper.

I crocheted this towel topper using the waffle towel topper pattern. I had some light weight misc yarn that was just the right shade of red. As the yarn was thin, I held two strands together to crochet the topper.

This towel topper is double-layered and requires no cutting or sewing to start the project. You simply fold over the towel and begin the towel topper along the top edge of the towel. I love these towels as they are sturdy kitchen towels and make for a lovely Christmas gift.

Here is a closeup of the crocheted towel topper which features a jingle bell for the button closure.

Halloween Recycled Ideas

October 10, 2021 No comments yet
Recycled Plastic Trick or Treat Basket

Halloween is just around the corner but there is still time to do some recycled crafting. I like to share patterns and crafting ideas using recycled materials such as plastic bags / plarn here at My Recycled Bags.

Here is a favorite recycled plastic Halloween trick or treat basket. The free crochet pattern is found here.

Not only is this a reusable basket, it features a sturdy recycled microwave tray for the base. So this project is a double recycled crafting project with two different types of recycled materials. Plus it’s a cool-looking trick or trick basket to hold lots of Halloween goodies.

You can find all the different Halloween posts and projects that I have shared over the years

Green Round Ripple

September 11, 2021 No comments yet
Green Round Ripple Throw

With the weather cooling off a bit, I was inspired to crochet one of my favorite blanket patterns. Here is a round ripple throw that I crocheted for a local Veteran’s program. This pattern is the Round Ripple that Crochetville’s Aggie May created.

Here is a close-up on the edging. I did two rounds of single crochet (SC) to finish off the trim on the blanket throw. Final width is 44 inches wide.

The round ripple was crocheted using several different shades of green vintage yarn that was donated to me. A kind lady from Ravelry donated two big boxes of yarn to me for charity crafting. It has been put to good use for hats, Christmas stockings and blankets for Warmth for Warriors and other Veteran’s needs.

More Cabled Hats

August 8, 2021 1 comment
Striped Cabled Crochet Hat

I have been working on crocheting more cabled hats for charity. These hats use my free cabled hat pattern. They work up very fast and is an easy pattern if you are just beginning to crochet. Very simple cables that make into a crocheted adult hat in just a few hours.

You can add a few stripes like I did in this hat project. I crocheted the stripes at rows 6-7 and again at row 10. Just carry the yarn behind your work for the color changes.

Of course you can always just use one color of yarn as shown in this grey cabled hat.

And one more striped hat project to share. This striped hat was done in Washington State University colors.

Christmas Stockings in July

July 31, 2021 1 comment
Mini Christmas Stockings for W4W

Just wrapping up my Christmas in July stockings for Warmth for Warriors. Here is the group of stockings I have crocheted. These are all about 6 inches long and will be filled with little goodies for the troops for Christmas.

We will continue to make stockings for Warmth for Warriors until November. So if you’d like to help us out, come visit our Warmth for Warriors group here. We also make hats for our troops all year long and would love to have more help.

A special thank you to all the people who joined in our Christmas in July event at Good Things Together. We had a fun and successful event in support of our troops.

Congratulations to Lisi aka KnitnArnd who won


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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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