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Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie

Posted on July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July! I love handmade dishcloths and even better are ones that have center scrubbers. Just in time for the big Summer holiday, here is my latest “Sunshine” dishcloth I crocheted with a center scrubbie made from recycled plastic bags.
Sunshine Dishcloth

Here is another variation using scraps I had leftover and is one round less than the original pattern as I ran short of materials.

Sunshine Dishcloth 2 Click to view full-size

These dishcloths with center scrubbies are very durable and handy for cleaning your dishes. Here is a picture tutorial on how use plastic bags to create plastic bag yarn or plarn. This is a great way to use up scrap cotton yarn and also re-purpose those unique colored plastic bags as you only need a small amount of plarn for the centers. Here is the free pattern for everyone to enjoy this fun recycled green craft project.


Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie Pattern

Dishcloth measures: 9 inch Square
Hook: Metal H (5 mm) US sized hook

1-1/2 ozs. of Cotton yarn – variegated yellows
Small amount of white Cotton yarn
Small amount of plastic bag plarn for scrubber center –
white (1 bag) and yellow bags (2 bags needed)

Option: This pattern can be worked all in cotton if you’d rather.
Allow about 2 ozs. of cotton for project.

With center color (white plarn shown) Ch 4, Sl St to form ring.

Rnd 1
Using white plastic bag yarn, Ch 2, (counts as 1 Hdc) in ring work 2 Hdc,
Ch 1, 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, Ch1, 3 Hdc, Ch 1, Sl St to top of Ch 2.
(4 corners & 4 shells made)
Fasten off and weave ends under on back side of Motif.

Rnd 2
With next color (yellow plarn) attach in any Ch 1 corner space.
Ch 2, 2 Hdc, Ch1, 3 Hdc, all in the same ch 1 corner space.
*Sk next 3 Hdc (shell), 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the next Ch 1 corner space.*
Repeat between * 2 more times, Sl St to top of the beginning Ch 2.

Rnd 3
Sl St across remaining Hdc’s to corner.
Ch 2 (counts as 1 Hdc) 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the corner space.
*Sk 3 Hdc, make 3 Hdc in between shells, Sk next shell, make 3 Hdc, Ch 1,
3 Hdc in corner.* Repeat 2 more times then Sl St to top of first Hdc. FO.

Rnd 4
Attach cotton yarn, (variegated yellow cotton used) in any corner space. Ch 2, 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc all in the same corner space. *Sk next shell, 3 Hdc in ea sp between shells. At corners work 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc in corner space *. Repeat between * around and join with a Sl st to top of Ch 2.

Rnd 5 – 9
Continue in pattern with variegated yellow cotton yarn for each rnd. FO.

Rnd 10
Join white cotton yarn in corner space. Ch 2, 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc all in same corner space.
Continue is established pattern by working 3 Hdc in space between shells and in corner work 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc. Join with a Sl St to top of Ch 2.

Rnd 11
Continue with the white cotton Sl St to corner. Work 3 Sc in corner and then Sc in each st around, and at corners work 3 Sc to end of rnd. Join with Sl St to top of beginning Sc.

Rnd 12 (Scallop Edging)
Ch 3, Dc in sm st, skip next 2 sts, * Ch 3, Dc in sm st, skip 2 sts *. Repeat around between *. Sl St into base of beginning Ch 3. FO.

Reminder: Hand wash or machine wash gentle. DO NOT dry in a machine dryer. Only hang to dry as the plastic will melt in your dryer.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch
Sk – Skip

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2008

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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11 Responses to “Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie”

  1. meghnak
    Jul 04, 2008

    Hi Cindy,
    Sweett……I wanted to thank you a lot for the suggestion you sent me by mail….it helped a lot for the classes…….will finish it maybe in a week and then submit for grading…excited for the results and u’ll be the only one for me to thank 🙂

  2. Dr. Rob
    Jul 05, 2008

    Creative, useful, aesthetically pleasing. What more is there?

  3. Dagny
    Jul 06, 2008

    My Grandmother used to knit dishcloths. Can you put these in the washing machine with the plastic bags?


  4. Cindy
    Jul 06, 2008

    Yes you can wash these in the wash machine. Just don’t put them in the dryer as the plastic will melt.

  5. This is sooo lovely! I LOVE a good dishcloth, but OH I hafta have that pretty border too~LOL! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  6. Hi, You have a great site. We were looking at a discussion form on on crafts and someone mentions recycled crafts using plarn. Then we goggled plarn and found your site.
    We are columnist for our local paper writing about things we like to do. We share thoughts, ideas and activities that we enjoy just like neighbors sharing with neighbors.
    This week our column is going to be about finding your site and all the neat patterns and ideas you have. Our column comes out every Friday and we also post it on our blog site. We hope it brings you many more people interested in recycling and crafting.

    Craig and Charlene

  7. […] After all that cooking, there is bound to be some cleaning up to do. Don’t worry, My Recycled Bags has homemade dishcloths with scrubbie centers. […]

  8. Heather L.
    Jul 08, 2008

    HOW CUTE!!! These would make great gifts. I think I’ll make some for Christmas. I need to start now! :o) Thanks for the pattern and tutorial!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my “jam-boree” post. lol

  10. green blog
    Aug 16, 2008

    Hey I love your imaginative ideas. Worth trying to make one of my own 🙂

  11. Rose
    Feb 24, 2009

    oh, that looks kinda handy.
    never thought of that center-bit that you have there.
    thx for sharing the idea.

    Rose’s last blog post..Mosaic Mirror from Recycled Credit Cards (free tutorial)


  1. […] After all that cooking, there is bound to be some cleaning up to do. Don’t worry, My Recycled Bags has homemade dishcloths with scrubbie centers. […]

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