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Recycled Plastic Granny Square Tote Bag

Posted on January 8, 2010

Recycled Plastic Granny Square Tote Bag

Here is my newest recycled plastic bag tote. It is crocheted using 4 colorful bags for the center granny square motifs. If you have lots of white plastic bags, this is an excellent way to use them up and still make an attractive and stylish tote bag. You only need 4 solid colored bags to crochet this plarn project along with about 30 white plastic bags.

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This granny square tote features two longer straps so the bag can be carried over the shoulder. The 4 inch depth makes it handy for carrying books, your lunch, or anything else that you might like to use this cute tote for.

As always, please enjoy my free crochet pattern and happy green crafting to all!
Granny Square Motif Tote Pattern

Materials needed:
One large ball of White plastic bag yarn or Plarn approx. 30-35 bags
One plastic bag in each of the center colors: blue, yellow, orange and green

Hooks: N (9 mm) and H (5 mm) size metal crochet hooks

Size: Approx. 5-1/4″ Motif if using 1 inch strips of cut plastic bags
Finished Tote bag measurements: 11 inches wide, 11 inches, 4″ depth, 17″ handles

With center color Ch 4, Sl St to form ring.
Row 1
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.
Row 2
With next color 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, 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.
Row 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.
Row 4-5
Continue in the established pattern for one more row.
Fasten off and weave ends under on back side of motif.
Using the 4 different colors, make two motifs of each color for a total of 8 motifs.

Long side and bottom strip:
Row 1
Ch 12 using White plarn and N hook.
Row 2
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Ch 2, turn. (10 sts)
Repeat row 1 to create your strip by working even on 10 sts until your piece measures 32 inches long.
Don’t finish off but leave your yarn attached should you need to add another row to your strip. If your strip is too short when you put your bag together this allows you to add a row without a problem.

Assembly of pieces:
Using the H hook, assemble the 4 different colored motifs together with 4 to a panel. Each panel has two motifs across and two down. Make two panels.
With right sides facing take one motif panel together with your long strip and place them with edges together.
Starting in the corner, work a Sc through both layers to attached them together. Work down the sides, across the bottom, and back up the other side. FO. You will notice that using this method of attachment creates a raised edge seam around your entire bag.

Tip: If your strip is too short when you join the first main piece, just crochet another row of Hdc so the strip is long enough to match to the top of bag at both ends. FO the strip once you have the first main piece and strip attached.

Take the remaining motif panel and place it together at the top of your long strip. Starting in the top edge corner of the bag, work a SC through both layers to attach in the same manner as you did above. Don’t finish off. Leave yarn attached to work handles.

Rnd 1
Using N hook and white plarn still attached at top front edge of your bag, Sc evenly along the top edge of tote bag and finish at side edge where side panel is attached to motif. Ch 35 for handle attached to other side’s panel top edge with a Sc. Sc in each st of side panel and Ch 35 for the other handle. Attach to other side’s panel top edge. Your handles should just be attached at either side of bag edge.
Check your handles and make sure each side matches each other before moving on. Adjust your sts as needed to match.
Rnd 2
Sc in ea st of side panel and then Sc around the chain of handle evenly (approx 40 sts). When you reach end of handle chain, join back into side panel with a Sc and then Sc across side panel to other handle chain. Work Sc up the chain of the handle evenly. Join with a Sc into st next to handle to secure the handle into side of bag.
Rnd 3
Sc across side panel to handle. Sc in ea st of handle and Sc in ea st of side panel to other handle. Repeat for other side to match and Sl St into next two sts at side of bag to finish off edge smoothly. FO and weave in ends.

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

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Ea – Each
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch

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 of this pattern or photos are permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable and appreciated. ©2010

****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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14 Responses to “Recycled Plastic Granny Square Tote Bag”

  1. Verdant Green
    Jan 09, 2010

    Nice one. Would never guess what it’s made of.
    .-= Verdant Green´s last blog ..Five radical science fixes to global warming =-.

  2. Kristen
    Jan 11, 2010

    This tote bag is too cute! I also wanted to let you know that I linked to your Easter basket crochet pattern for a recent holiday round-up post at FaveCrafts Blog.

    See it here:


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  4. Snowcatcher
    Jan 11, 2010

    I love it! Perfect project, too! All my co-workers started bringing in all their white bags after I made my plarn snowman (NO! I did NOT ask them to!), and now I’ve got way too many white bags to use up again. This is perfect!
    .-= Snowcatcher´s last blog ..Snowflake Monday =-.

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  7. Cathy
    Jan 20, 2010

    I love these designs! I’d like to use these for our “Girl Scout Thinking Day” project this year. This is so similar to the plastic rugs that an elderly lady made in the small Midwest town where I grew up! Thanks

  8. Marcia
    Jan 31, 2010

    Have you every lined your bags? I’m eager to try this pattern it looks very nice.
    Thank you.

  9. Cindy
    Jan 31, 2010

    Yes I have lined some of my purses and totes. Here is my tutorial on how I do lining in recycled bags. Hope this helps.

  10. Kathy
    Feb 14, 2010

    Thank you so much first of all for your generosity in sharing your patterns. The TYarn is great and I until I saw the Granny Square Tote Bag I didn’t really go gaga over anything made with recycled bags…Awesome!!!

    My sisters will also enjoy your ingenuity ~;~


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  12. Mildred Smith
    Dec 14, 2015

    I have tried to copy one of your tote bags, and for some reason won’t let me, I have been making them for years and love them,please help me figure this out. thank you
    your patterns are super and enjoy crocheting them for me and my children/
    thank you
    Mildred Smith

  13. Cindy
    Dec 16, 2015

    Mildred- I am not sure why you could not copy the pattern. I sent you an email with the pattern. Let me know if you need anything further. Best wishes and thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

  14. rajiscrafthobby
    Aug 27, 2017

    love it


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