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Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

April 4, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

I have had this baby dress in my queue for years. I finally found time this last week to crochet it for an upcoming baby shower gift. It’s an easy and quick pattern that is easily customized.

I did not add the longer sleeves and just worked the basic pattern and added picots around the capped sleeves and bottom hem.

My Details:
Using an H (5 mm) hook, I crocheted the dress with a 3 ounce skein of vintage Caron Dazzleaire worsted yarn in colorway banana until round 9. Then I added some white yarn for 2 rows for a stripe.

I crocheted the pattern to round 18 when I ran out of the yellow yarn. So at round 19, I crocheted 2 rounds of white and then added the picot stitching around the bottom edge.

My finished length is 11 inches long from neck center to hem. 9 inches wide from side to side under sleeves.

Overall this is a wonderful pattern and it is free over at

Cabled Plarn Purse

March 12, 2021 No comments yet
Pink Plarn Purse 2021

Back this month to share my new recycled bag project. Here is my pink cabled plarn purse crocheted with recycled newspaper sacks.

This project was crocheted using a plarn pattern that I created back in 2012. The original free pattern can be found here in which I used recycled plastic bags and some regular Red Heart yarn for the trim and strap. This new purse is crocheted entirely of recycled plastic bags. I have a picture tutorial on how to make plastic bag yarn from these newspaper plastic sleeves here.

Many people always ask me “How many bags does it take to make this?” Well, it all depends but my estimate is that you will need at least

Cabled Hat Pattern

February 27, 2021 No comments yet
Cabled Hat Pattern

A few weeks ago I introduced the cable scarf pattern and just love this stitch pattern. I decided that it would make a great hat pattern also. I have crocheted this hat pattern using several different hook sizes. The I hook makes a ladies sized hat and smaller men’s sized hat. The J hook creates a large men’s hat. I crochet fairly tight so use the hook you feel is appropriate for your gauge. My gauge with an I hook is 2 inches = 7 stitches and 5 rows. Gauge with a J hook is 2 inches = 6 stitches and 4.5 rows.

This blue hat was crocheted using an I (5.25 mm) crochet hook.

Here is the same hat crocheted using a J (6 mm) crochet hook.

My Cabled Hat Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook = Adult 21” cir by 9″ long
J (6 mm) crochet hook = Adult 22” cir by 9.5” long

Yarn – 3.5 ounces worsted weight (medium) 4-ply
Note: Ch 2 at beg of each round counts as DC.

Ch 71. Join to make a ring and making sure your chain is not twisted.
(You will be working in the round and not turning your work as you crochet this hat.)

Rnd 1
Ch 1, Sc into the 2nd bump loop in the back of the chain to create a smooth edge.

Cabled Scarf

February 6, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Cabled Scarf

Here is a new pattern to share that I have been working on. It is a basic cabled scarf that is worked with front post double crochet (FPDC) stitches and back post double crochet (BPDC) stitches.

My tester Suzanne who crochets much looser than I do used a H (5 mm) crochet hook to test the pattern. She used Mainstays 100% Acrylic yarn in gray and her scarf was 7″ wide x 60″ long and used 7 oz/397 yards of yarn. A big thank you to my tester Suzanne for all her help and advice to get this pattern completed and written up successfully.

Enjoy the free crochet pattern below and happy crocheting to all!

Basic Cabled Scarf Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook for 7 inch wide scarf
7 ounces Red Heart = 50 inch scarf; 8 ounces = 60” with I hook

Note: Ch 2 at beg of each row counts as DC. Each row has 5 cables and 18 DCs.

With I hook, Ch 29.

14 Years Ago

January 24, 2021 2 comments
MyRecycledBag_14-Year

Well it all started 14 years ago today here at My Recycled Bags. I posted my first post January 24, 2007. I kicked off this blog by writing about recycling plastic bags and how you could create useful homemade items from the bags.

Of course I branched out over the years and have written about recycling and crafting with all kinds of materials as well as about my personal battle with breast cancer. Thankfully so far, I have beaten cancer and kept this blog site going for 14 great years now.

I have crocheted, sewn, and woven all kinds of things here at My Recycled Bags. I have posted and shared 100’s of free patterns and ideas from tote bags, rugs, baby bibs, dishcloths, hats, scarves, to doll clothes and bears. There is probably something for everyone at my free pattern page.

Anyway on this 14-year anniversary of my blog, I just want to thank everyone who has supported me and the site all these years. While I don’t post as often as I used to, I am still here and check all emails and comments daily. So keep reading and visiting My Recycled Bags and I will keep this blog going hopefully for many more years.

Crocheted Baby Hats

January 12, 2021 No comments yet
Crocheted Scalloped Baby Hats

Time to crochet some baby hats for the local hospital nursery. These little hats are just so fun and cute. They take just a small amount of yarn and crochet up so quickly. Here are two crocheted newborn baby hats with a scalloped edging added. Here is the link for the free Scalloped Baby Hat Pattern.

You might be seeing more pom pom hats from me this year. I received a Clover pom pom maker for Christmas and have been using it a lot lately. The smallest pom pom maker in the kit is 1-3/8 inches and makes just the best little pom pom for baby hats. Here is my first one to share.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2020 No comments yet
Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

Well it’s that time again and just wanted to send out warm wishes for a very happy holiday to all.

This is one of my past recycled Christmas card ornaments. You can find the tutorial and details here should you want to recycle some of your Christmas cards this year.

Below is my final batch of mini Christmas stockings for 2020. These 6 inch Christmas stockings will go towards next year’s stocking drive for the Warmth for Warriors organization.

You can find the free crochet pattern for the cuffed mini Christmas stockings

Mini Plarn Shoulder Bag Purse

December 5, 2020 3 comments
Plarn Mini Shoulder Bag Purse

Got plastic bags? Want to make a cute little shoulder bag? Well grab your crochet hook and those bags and lets crochet a mini shoulder bag purse out of those plastic sacks.

This recycled crafting project used about 15 brown Safeway retail sacks, cut 1 inch wide and assembled using the looping method to create plarn. The finished purse measures 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a 36 inch long strap. The strap can be knotted as shown for a shorter strap or kept longer for wearing across the body.

Here is free mini shoulder bag pattern.

Snowflake Waffle Stitch Towel Topper

November 22, 2020 1 comment
Christmas Towel Topper

Need a quick and cute homemade Christmas gift idea? Here is a crocheted Christmas towel topper topped off with a jingle bell for the closure button. This is a double layered towel which requires no cutting or sewing and works up very fast.

Just fold your kitchen towel in half and use this picture tutorial to show you how to crochet single stitches along the top edge through both layers. I will admit that this one row of single crochet stitches is a bit tough but once you have the base row completed, your towel topper will fly to the finish.

The waffle stitch towel topper pattern is free and found here.

Year after year my homemade towel toppers are always popular with people and they make wonderful donations for charity craft fairs too. I have several other free towel topper patterns and you can check them


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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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