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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. […]

Front Post Crocheted Hat

February 25, 2018 1 comment
Front Post Crocheted Hat

I just finished up this front post crocheted hat using a skein of blue wool. Towards the end of the pattern, I ran short of yarn. This thick front post crocheted hat pattern is a real wool eater and I just didn’t have enough yarn in the solid blue to finish the hat. So I looked through my stash in search of a matching yarn to add to the hat.

I added 3 rounds of Big Twist yarn in royal blues before finishing with 3 single crochet rounds of trim in the solid blue yarn to complete the hat.

Here is a close up of the contrasting yarn I used.

The variegated yarn added a fun and different look to the hat. What at first appeared to be a problem with a shortage of yarn actually turned into a blessing in disguise as I wouldn’t have thought of adding such contrast otherwise.[…]

Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

February 14, 2018 No comments yet
Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

Here is a baby blanket I crocheted in a round ripple pattern. I used a Lion Brand Mandala yarn cake in colorway Unicorn to crochet this blanket. I did use a scrap of pink yarn at the center to get things started.

I finished the round ripple with the pink shade that I pulled out of the center of the cake. I wanted to end round ripple blanket with the blues all in one round. Then I pulled out the pink to finish the round ripple with a round of single crochet for trim.

Finished width is 35 inches and I do have a bit of the Mandala cake of yarn left to start another blanket. This blanket is going to a favorite NICU baby blanket drive over at Crochetville.[…]

Mulberry Plarn Gift Basket

February 4, 2018 1 comment
Mulberry Plarn Gift Basket

I crocheted a gift basket using recycled white plastic bags cut into plarn for an upcoming library fundraiser. I wanted to color match the basket with a few cloths in the gift basket. So I used the same mulberry cotton yarn for the stripe on the basket as I did when I crocheted the cloths.


Here is the free plarn basket pattern which I used to crochet the basket. I used double strands of regular cotton yarn to crochet the matching stripe.

My camera doesn’t really capture the matching colors but the items do look good together and I am hoping people will bid on this for auction for the library.

The cloths were crocheted using the same mulberry I love this yarn for the corded cloth and within the large mandala crocheted cloth. Here are the links for the crochet patterns for the cloths. […]

Kitchen Towel Toppers

January 24, 2018 No comments yet
Kitchen Towel Toppers

I crocheted several kitchen towel toppers last month for gifts. Now that Christmas is over, I can share them here on my blog. It seems that everyone enjoys receiving these handmade towels so every year I crochet a few of them for friends, co-workers, and family. I do try and not give them every year to the same people as I don’t want them to get tired of receiving them.

My towels are double layered as I fold the towels in half and then crochet through both layers to add the tops. The nice thing is that there is no cutting or sewing needed to begin crocheting the towel topper onto the towel.[…]


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