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Green Recycled Scrubbies

September 28, 2015 2 comments

Here are some 4 inch wide diagonal scrubbbies I crocheted using recycled green produce nets. These are soft plastic nets that I purchase lettuce in at my local grocery store. Here is the diagonal crocheted scrubbie pattern that I use to make the scrubbers. It only takes 3-4 plastic nets to crochet each scrubber along with about 1/2 ounce of cotton yarn.

The nice thing about these little scrubbers is that they are sturdy enough to scour your pans and soft enough not to scratch non-stick surface pans. Plus it is a wonderful way to recycle the netting and repurpose them into something useful.

I wanted to crochet a green dishcloth to match my little recycled scrubbers so I tried out a new crocheted square pattern […]

Orange Potholders for Halloween

September 5, 2015 7 comments

I had an old vintage skein of craft yarn in my stash. This chunky orange yarn is from the late 70s and I thought it would be perfect to use to crochet some potholders for Halloween.

The square potholder was crocheted using my corded cloth pattern with a J (6 mm) crochet hook. Because this was a chunky yarn, I chained 23 stitches to start the hotpad and then single crocheted (Sc) in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across. […]

Doll Wavy Ripple Blanket

August 28, 2015 3 comments

Here is a small ripple baby doll blanket I crocheted. I used my wavy ripple blanket pattern and just crocheted a shorter starting chain. This wavy ripple pattern is very adaptable as I have made dishcloths using the same pattern and baby afghans.

The blanket measures 20 inches wide by 11 inches long. I would have made the blanket longer but I only had about 2-3 ounces of the old vintage variegated yarn I was using. It still worked fine for this 11 inch tall baby doll as a blanket wrap.

Doll Wavy Ripple Blanket Pattern
Using a J ( 6mm) crochet hook, chain 60 to start doll blanket. […]

Peppermint Scrubbies

July 29, 2015 5 comments

I love doing some Christmas in July projects. Here are some quick and cute peppermint scrubbies you can crochet that make wonderful little Christmas gift ideas. Of course I had to make some using recycled plastic bags.

Here is a crocheted scrubbie with a green plarn center made from a thin cut plastic bag. I used one green plastic bag cut 1/4 inch wide to make the center and used cotton to finish it. Just follow the pattern directions but use the thin cut plarn for the center portion of the pot scrubber.

Here is one more group of peppermint scrubbies I crocheted using different bits of cotton scrap yarn.

This cute little peppermint scrubbie pattern was created by Claudia from over at Delights Gems. You can download the[…]

Child’s Ear Warmer Headband

July 19, 2015 No comments yet

I have several skeins of this pretty fun fur that I picked up for 99 cents at my local Dollar Store. If you have ever worked with fun fur you know it can be challenging to find your stitches and difficult to use. I decided I would try this novelty yarn to crocheted a child’s size ear warmer. After practicing with the yarn, I found I could easily work a single crochet stitch to make a simple headband.

I crocheted one ear warmer in a toddler size and also a larger one to fit a child 4-6 years old. Both headbands are 2-1/2 inches wide.

Head circumference for a toddler 1-3 years old is about 18-20 inches. Children 3-8 years old have a head circumference from 18-20-1/2 inches.

The toddler size headband was crocheted to 15-1/2 inches long before joining the ends together. This should comfortably fit a 2-3 year old as the fun fur yarn is stretchy. The larger child’s size was crocheted to 17 inches long before joining. This should fit a child 4-6 years old with the yarn stretching.

One nice thing about the fun fur is when you join the ends to create the headband and you can’t even see the seam.

Child’s Ear Warmer Headband Pattern

Hook: H (5 mm) crochet hook
Materials: 1/2 skein (25 grams) Novelty Fun Fur

Ch 8 with fun fur yarn. Turn and single crochet (Sc) into the 2nd chain from the hook and in each stitch across. (7 Sc = 2-1/2 inches wide)

Ch 1, turn and Sc in each stitch across. (7) […]

Grey and Pink Plarn Recycled Bag

July 9, 2015 5 comments

I shared in a recent post about weaving the strap handle for this recycled tote bag. I made the strap using a spool knitter and variegated the plastic bag strips with grey and pink loops to form the woven strap. Then I crocheted the body of the bag using an open netting type stitch for the project. Here is the completed recycled tote bag.

Here is a closeup of the strap and top edge of the bag.

Below you will find the complete pattern to crochet the recycled tote bag. I hope you enjoy the pattern and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions as you work this pattern or any of my other free patterns.

Grey and Pink Recycled Plastic Tote Bag Pattern

Plastic bags cut into 1” strips — approx. 30+ bags
Hook: Metal J (6 mm) crochet hook

Recycled Plastic Tote bag: 10″ by 12-1/2″ long with 25″ strap

All crochet directions are in US terms.

Round 1
With grey plarn, Ch 30, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st and then working around the backside of chain, Sc in ea st along the other side of original chain. […]

4th of July Parade of Projects

June 28, 2015 1 comment

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it was a good time for a red, white and blue parade of projects. These are taken from my prior shared patterns and feature a variety of fun items for the upcoming celebration of our country.

First a few projects honoring the US flag. Here is a crocheted dishcloth and matching potholder. Here is the pattern link for the crocheted flag dishcloth and the details for the flag potholder pattern.

Maybe you need to water bottle holder, if so check out this handy plarn water bottle holder made from recycled plastic newspaper bags. The free crochet pattern for the plarn water bottle holder is found here.

Should you need a tote bag to carry all your things, you might consider this all American plarn tote bag. You can find this plarn tote pattern here.

Need something a little smaller, […]

Double Layered Waffle Towel Topper Pattern

June 14, 2015 2 comments

I crocheted another double layered towel topper which is similar to my pointed handle towel topper. The main difference in this towel topper is that it’s a heavier, more basic pattern for the topper. It has a waffle looking texture to the pattern and so I named it the Waffle Towel Topper pattern.

This towel topper is crocheted using sugar n’cream weight cotton yarn with a G crochet hook. I used a kitchen towel folded in half that requires no cutting or sewing. For more details on how to fold and start a double layered towel topper, see this tutorial link with pictures on how to begin the towel topper.

Crocheted Waffle Kitchen Towel Topper Pattern

Materials needed:
1- Kitchen towel (17” wide x 26” long used but any size will work)
1-1/2 oz. white Sugar n’Cream cotton yarn
1- one inch button

#7 Steel hook
G (4 mm) hook

All directions are in USA terms.

Row 1
Fold the towel in half and use the steel crochet hook to poke holes and then Sc evenly along the top edge of towel making the stitches with the G hook. […]

In Between Dishcloth Pattern

May 10, 2015 No comments yet

Keeping with my red, white, and blue patriotic theme, I present the In Between Dishcloth. I gave it that name as you double crochet the stitches in between each other for the main body of the cloth. The result is a simple but cute dishcloth pattern that works up fast and is easy to crochet.

The free crochet pattern below is written for the blue dishcloth as the main color. For the red dishcloth, you just substitute your main yarn using red cotton to start the dishcloth. Then trim around the red cloth using white and finishing with the blue cotton.

In Between Dishcloth Pattern

“G” 4 mm Crochet Hook

1.25 ozs blue cotton yarn
1/4 oz each of red and white cotton yarn for tirm

9 inch square dishcloth

All crochet directions are in USA terms.

Row 1
Ch 27 with blue cotton, Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in ea st. […]


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About Me

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.

Here is a direct link to all my free patterns available here on My Recycled Bags.

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