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Patriotic Christmas Stockings for the Troops

June 7, 2018 1 comment
Patriotic Christmas Stockings for the Troops

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some patriotic Christmas stockings that I crocheted for the Warmth for Warriors.

Each year we handcraft mini Christmas stockings for the troops and fill them with little items such as soaps, shampoos, chapsticks, candies and other little goodies. The mini stockings are then given out to the troops as little Christmas gifts during the holidays. These little stockings might not seem like much, but we are told they are well received. The mini stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

I played around with a few mini Christmas stocking patterns to come up with these patriotic themed socks. The stocking on the left is a cuffed Christmas stocking of mine and the other is a variation of this crochet pattern.

Below is one more cuffed mini stocking I crocheted in red, white, and blue yarns. […]

Round Ripple Blankets

May 23, 2018 1 comment
Round Ripple Blankets

I have been working hard to use up some of my old stash yarn. As many of us have, I have bags of small balls of yarn and partial skeins of leftover yarn. Some of the yarn doesn’t match up well together but I have really been trying to use it up while doing charity crafting.

Here is the first I completed which is a round ripple lapghan. The lapghan is 35 inches wide and will be going to out the Warmth for Warriors blanket drive.

Next are two different baby blankets I crocheted for Kathryn over at Crochetville. These are going to this year’s NICU blanket drive that she heads up each year.

I used several bits of old Lullaby variegated yarn and mint green yarn in both baby blankets. I did finally run out and finished with some white Red Heart SS to finish off the scalloped blanket.

I crocheted this baby blanket for 15 rounds in the Aggie May’s round ripple pattern. Then I did a new edging for the final 16th round. Here are the details on how I crocheted my scalloped edging.[…]

Crocheted Towel Toppers

May 10, 2018 1 comment
Crocheted Towel Toppers

I bought several holiday towels after Christmas last year. They were marked down 50% and more on some of these. I decided to start early and add towel toppers to them. I will use them for Christmas gifts and charity auction items for the upcoming holiday season.

All of these towels are what I call double-layered as I don’t cut the towels in half or sew the top edges. I simply fold the towel in half and crochet the towel toppers directly into both layers of the towel. This creates an extra heavy towel which I think is better than the single layer towel with towel toppers.

These two towel toppers were crocheted using my pointed handle towel topper pattern. I should also add that all of my crocheted towel topper patterns are free.

The next towel has the waffle towel topper added to it. I used a red jingle bell for the button closure.

The final towel features my original[…]

Brown Plarn Hobo Purse

May 1, 2018 2 comments
Brown Plarn Hobo Purse

The recycled plarn hobo purse is a pattern I adapted 10 years ago with permission from Dao over at ShortyLamCrochet Blogspot. I created the purse using recycled plastic bags or plarn for my pattern. You can find the crocheted plarn hobo pattern link here.

For this purse, I used a K (6.5 mm) crochet hook so it is a smaller size than the original pattern link. I started with chain 23 and did do one extra round of stitching before adding the final few rounds of decreasing at the top. Finished size of the purse is 9 inches wide by 7.5 inches long. For the strap, I braided 3 strands of plastic bag yarn together and then just attached the ends at the each side of the purse.

For a larger version of this same pattern, use […]

Earth Day 2018

April 22, 2018 1 comment
Earth Day 2018


Happy Earth Day!
It’s been over 10 years of blogging here at My Recycled Bags. I promote these important big R’s- reduce, reuse, recycle, replenish and restore. I freely share and encourage crafting with recycled materials as well as ways to reuse plastic and other trash in our landfills.

Someone asked me recently if I was still into crocheting with plastic bags otherwise know as plarn. The answer is yes. Right now I am working on a crocheted Hobo purse bag pattern that I wrote from 10 years ago. I’m still recycling and still crocheting and still sharing all my patterns free here.

So on this Earth Day 2018, let’s continue to love and protect this Earth in every way we can.
Not just today but every day. […]

10 Years Later

April 8, 2018 4 comments
Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon

Well it’s been 10 years. 10 years is a long time and I’m so happy to say that 10 years later, I am still cancer free. It has been a whole decade since cancer came a-knocking on my door. I was diagnosed triple-positive for breast cancer back then. I fought it hard with surgery, chemo, and radiation.

You can read all my cancer blog posts here if you are interested in my journey. Maybe you are just starting your journey down the cancer road and if so, I hope you find my blog posts helpful. I know I read lots of different blogs from people facing breast cancer and found them not only useful but inspiring. Reading about others’ battles helps us know that we aren’t alone. Reading how others dealt with certain symptoms, how they responded to treatments, how they overcame or even didn’t overcome certain things is important to read about and understand.

Anyway I wanted to share a 10 year cancer free post and celebrate the milestone. I am thankful to God, family and friends through it all. I have been so blessed and just want to encourage anyone out there who might need a positive thought or read a bit of support from someone who has been there. Hang in there you are not alone. Reach out to others, rely on your faith, your family and don’t be afraid to ask for help. […]

Mother Bear for March

March 30, 2018 No comments yet
Mother Bear for March

I just finished crocheting my first Mother Bear for the year. I haven’t had too much time lately to work on bears for the Mother Bear Project but did want to crochet one more bear to ship off to the organization.

Here is Mr. Bare Bear who was crocheted using a partial skein of Yarn Bee Fair Isle yarn in purple teal multi colorway. I tried to match a few areas as I crocheted the parts of the bear so there was some matching of colors. I added a simple scarf using the same skein of yarn.

This bear uses the crochet pattern from the Mother Bear Project but it has been adapted to be seamless and without joining. You can read more on my mods of the original crochet pattern here if you’d like more info.

For more information about the Mother Bear Project just click on this picture link below […]

Mini Christmas Stockings for the Troops

March 16, 2018 2 comments
Mini Christmas Stockings for the Troops

The Warmth for Warriors organization is once again requesting homemade mini Christmas stockings for the troops. For the last several years, I have been heading up the yearly drive for the group on Ravelry and promoting the stocking drive on other sites.
Each year we ask for handmade crocheted, knitted, sewn, or woven mini Christmas stockings be crafted to about 6 inches long. They are then filled with little goodies at the Warmth for Warriors headquarters before being sent off in early November to soldiers overseas.

In 2017, over 2800 stockings were stuffed with soaps, shampoo, candies and other little treats as a small gift for our troops for Christmas. The filled socks are just a little gift to brighten spirits for our troops during the holidays.

I have several different free crochet patterns available on my site to inspire people to make stockings for the Warmth for Warriors. I hope that others will be inspired and help us in this year’s campaign. Here is the top-down mini Christmas stocking pattern featured in the above photos. […]

Round Granny Blanket

March 4, 2018 No comments yet
Round Granny Blanket

I have wanted to try out a round granny blanket pattern for a while now. I used this round granny mandala pattern from Crochet from Raymond. It is an outstanding pattern with lots of pictures to help show how to create a beautiful round granny mandala blanket.

This pattern can be used to blend different colors and assembling color fades creates so stunning granny mandala. One only needs to check out the over 600+ different completed blankets on Ravelry to be inspired to grab some yarn and start your own beautiful round granny mandala.

Here is one more round granny blanket that I just finished today. […]


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