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Recycling & Dishcloths

October 13, 2017 No comments yet


You may be wondering how recycling and dishcloths go together? Well I had received this pretty green glass jar with a flower arrangement in it recently. It is a lovely jar and I thought it would be a nice item to recycle and decorate for an upcoming charity fundraiser. So I rolled up a few crocheted dishcloths and placed them in the jar and I added an inspirational ribbon as an embellishment around the top. Here is the finished project which I call a recycled jar of cloths.

I also tried out a new dishcloth pattern called Ship’s Helm. This is a super easy and very fast pattern. Here are the three cloths I crocheted using the pattern.[…]

Dual Handled Recycled Plastic Tote

October 3, 2017 1 comment

I have a new resource for brown plastic bags! Local Safeway stores have gone back to the brown plastic retail bags and I just love recycling them into new reusable tote bags.

Here is the recycled plastic bag or plarn tote bag I crocheted with the brown retail sacks. I also used some red plastic newspaper bags that an on-line friend sent me that her Wall Street Journal was delivered in. The red bags were just right to compliment the brown bags with the red writing on them and made for a nice stripe on the tote bag.

But the special thing about this recycled tote bag is the dual handles. It has the normal hand grip handle in the middle and also a 30 inch long shoulder strap. So you can either grip the bag with your hands or throw the long strap over your shoulder.

I followed one of my basic crocheted plarn tote bag patterns found here but with a few modifications. My changes were for the first six rounds, I worked single crochet (SC) stitches[…]

Latest Mother Bears

September 6, 2017 No comments yet

Here are bears number 25 and 26 I crocheted for the Mother Bear Project. This is a charity that is near and dear to my heart. The first bear features a colorful shirt that I crocheted using this bear skirt pattern with a yarn bear kit that Delights sent me for winning a Bingo on Ravelry. The kit included the pretty scarf that matched the yarn so it all worked into a cute little outfit for my bear.

Next is my little Jammie bear that I crocheted with MillaMia Yarn that was donated by LoveCrochet.com for my Mother Bear #26. My Jammie bear is crocheted seamless changing yarn every 2 rows. This wool yarn is very soft and super nice to work with.

I added a ruffle collar to my Jammie bear by crocheting Sc, skip 1 st, 6 DC, skip 1 st, repeat around the neck. I then just crocheted a chain and SC down the chain […]

Purple Haze Flower Square

August 2, 2017 No comments yet

I crocheted this pretty flower square using the Golden Harvest pattern by AG Handmades. It is a lovely crochet square featuring raised flower petals in the center. I thought it would be a beautiful center square for a baby blanket in purple.

First here is my finished square I crocheted following the pattern with medium weight yarn and an I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I love the pattern but not sure when you are suppose to switch back to work on the front of square. I did at color change of row 8. At row 8, I worked on the front with the petals facing. Not sure if this is correct but my square turned out fine to me so I am satisfied with how I worked the pattern.

So to clarify I worked on the front side of square at row 8. On the final row, I worked sc’s around and did only sc, ch 2, sc in the corners with the Red Heart Purple Haze Shimmer yarn to complete the square. Square measures 6.5 inches wide at this point.

Once I had the pretty center square done, I added granny stitching around with lilac and white yarn finishing with the same shimmer yarn for the final trim row. Here is the a photo of the completed Purple Haze Baby Blanket.[…]

Crocheted Mandala Cloths

July 6, 2017 No comments yet

Crocheting Mandala cloths has been such a fun adventure. I love how you can mix and match colors to create beautiful patterns. Here is a roundup of all the different Mandalas I crocheted this week.

This pastel Mandala cloth was crocheted using the Magnolia Mandala pattern. I crocheted this cloth using sugar’n cream cotton scraps. My finished cloth is 11.5 inches wide. It is such a pretty cloth and would make a beautiful hotpad or just as a decorative centerpiece on a table.

Next I crocheted several more Mandalas using Lucienne’s Summer Mandala pattern. My dishcloths were all just crocheted to part 1 of the original pattern which has up to 4 parts for a very large Mandala.

Here are a few dishcloths I crocheted with a 4 mm and 5 mm crochet hooks.[…]

Sunshine Mother Bear

June 18, 2017 4 comments

I just took a break from my other crocheting to make a bear for the Mother Bear Project. Meet Sunshine bear crocheted seamless and in the round. He’s a bare bear crocheted in his jammies with sleepy eyes.

This is bear number 23 that I have crocheted for this worthy and rewarding charity. If you aren’t familiar with the Mother Bear Project, you can check them out at their official website here or join us over at Ravelry for all the bear making fun.

For more helpful tips, you can check out […]

Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

June 5, 2017 1 comment

As you might expect, I have a huge stash of white plastic bags. People give me bags all the time to recycle. They know I use them to make plarn and crochet them into new useful things. So this is my latest project, a large water bottle holder.

This water bottle holder is designed to hold a large Nalgene reusable bottle or a 32 ounce water bottle. I used this free crochet pattern to make the water bottle carrier but with a shorter strap. The original pattern calls for a long strap that can be worn across the body. This water bottle holder has a […]

Top-Down Christmas Stocking

May 27, 2017 No comments yet

Here is a new mini Christmas stocking crochet pattern. This 6 inch long stocking pattern features a ribbed cuff and is worked top-down. There is an option for a folded over cuff which was a later idea added to the original pattern. Directions for both styles are listed in the free crochet pattern below.

Top-Down Crocheted Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook ā€“ approx. 52-55 yards depending on yarn medium weight yarn
or 56-60 yards for longer fold-over cuff option.

With Caron Simply Soft yarn- length is 6 inch long from top cuff to toe. 2.75 inches wide across top cuff.

With Red Heart Super Saver yarn- length is 6-1/3 inches long. 3 inches wide across top cuff.

R 1: Leaving a long tail to start, chain 8 and Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)[…]

Recycled Mini Scrubber

May 19, 2017 1 comment

Here is an easy recycled bag project to make a mini kitchen scrubber. All you need is a small amount of yarn and about 3 plastic lettuce nets. I just save the green plastic nets that my lettuce comes in from the grocery store.

This simple scrubber is made by crocheting the recycled plastic diagonal scrubbie pattern.

I have a picture tutorial here on how to cut and assemble the plastic lettuce nets. You just need to assemble 3 nets to crochet a 4 inch scrubbie along with a small amount of […]


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Hello, Iā€™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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