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Plarn Apron Pattern

Posted on February 25, 2010

I present my plarn apron which was crocheted from recycled plastic bags. Some time ago I had a request for an apron pattern and put it on my to-do list. I add project ideas to my list all the time in an effort to create a comprehensive library of free recycled craft patterns here at My Recycled Bags. So depending on what pattern you may be looking for, here is the link to all my free patterns. If you don’t find a pattern for something you would like to make, let me know and I will try and create a pattern for you.

Just a word a caution about this plarn apron, don’t use it around an open flame or bbq. It is plastic and would be best used to protect your clothing when washing the dog or maybe working around the house. If you’d like to waterproof it, consider fusing plastic bags to the back side as I did with my sit-upon project. Enjoy and happy crafting to all!


Free Pattern for Recycled Plastic Bag Apron
Materials needed:
One large ball of plastic bags or plarn cut into 1 inch wide strips
Approx. 60-70 bags

Hooks: N (9 mm) size metal hook & J (6 mm) hook for straps
Description: Recycled Plastic Apron
Apron measures 25-1/2 inches wide and 25-1/2 inches long
with 25 inches long top strap and 20 inches long straps on sides

Row 1
Ch 19, Hd in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end.

Row 2
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across.

Row 3 – 21
Ch 2, turn. Work 2 Hdc in first st, then Hdc in ea st down to last st. Work 2 Hdc in last st.

Row 22 – 26
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across.

Row 27 – 35
Ch 2, turn. Work 2 Hdc in first st and then Hdc in ea st down to last st. Work 2 Hdc in last st.

Row 36 -50
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across. Continue to work to 25 inches long or desired length for apron.

Leaving plarn attached, Sc around entire apron evenly and work 3 Sc in corners.

Top strap:
Using J hook, attach plarn at upper top corner with a Sc and Sc in next 4 sts.

Next row: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across. (4 sts counting ch 2) Repeat until 24 inches or desired length for top strap. Join with Sc into other top edge by working a Sc in ea of the next 4 sts to match the other side. FO.

Side Ties:
Attach plarn at side at waist. Chain to 22 inches long (or longer if desired) and then Sl St down chain back to apron body. Sl St into body of apron and weave ends under to secure straps. Repeat on other side to match.

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

Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
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 my patterns or photos are permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable and appreciated. ©2010

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13 Responses to “Plarn Apron Pattern”

  1. Kristy
    Feb 25, 2010

    Amazing! I love all of your kitchen plarn projects.

  2. Rachel
    Feb 27, 2010

    Oh Neat! I would have never thought to crochet an apron. I’ll have to save up some bags for this one.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Crochet Pattern: Absolutely Easy Baby Bib =-.

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    Mar 08, 2010

    […] presents Plarn Apron Pattern posted at My Recycled RecycleCindy says, “Sharing a free crochet pattern for a […]

  4. Aprons Rock
    Mar 09, 2010

    Very neat – I think I would forget though and accidentally set fire to it! hehe – how long did it take you to make this one?

  5. Cindy
    Mar 09, 2010

    Yes, don’t use around an open flame for sure. It’s great to wear when cleaning and washing stuff though. It took a long time as it was such a big project. I can’t tell you the number of hours but it was a lot.

  6. Carmen
    Mar 09, 2010

    Very neat idea Cindy! Love it!

  7. Lara
    Mar 14, 2010

    Hi! Nice apron!
    I was just wondering: what if you covered the back of the apron with paper and ironed it? It could melt, but only in the part that goes against your body. Maybe you could keep the nice view of the crochet, and have a waterproof surface…
    I can’t crochet so I can’t try this out, but perhaps you could try in a tiny surface to see if it works. Just a thought!

  8. Cindy
    Mar 16, 2010

    To completely waterproof this apron, I would add fused plastic on the back of the apron as I did in my sit-upon project here. I have tried heat on the back of a crochet piece before and it doesn’t work that well. But by adding flat layers of plastic and fusing it onto the back, you will find better results.

  9. Dimitria
    Aug 05, 2013

    Hi there,
    This is brilliant. I wanted to make one for my daughter who likes to work in her dads workshop. She is 6 years old. How much smaller do you think I should make this to have the right fit for her?

    Thanks for posting this wonderful pattern.

  10. Cindy
    Aug 10, 2013

    Dimitria – This apron isn’t terribly large so I think you could leave the top part the same but make it shorter. So just do less rows on the main body of the apron. Let me know as you work it if you have questions or if I can help you further. I’d love to see your finished apron.

  11. Cecilia
    Jan 18, 2021

    I know that this pattern is several years old, but I am just now getting into plarn crochet and thought this apron might be a good base for a garden apron. I like to add two or three pockets to the skirt to carry garden tools, seed packets, etc. in. How would I go about doing this? Just crochet a few rectangles and sew or crochet them into the apron? Has anybody tried this? Thanks!

  12. Cindy
    Jan 18, 2021

    @Cecilia – You could add pockets as you mentioned by just crocheting rectangles and then I would just slip stitch them to the apron. I would probably do single crochet stitches for the pockets so the holes are smaller too. Let me know if you have any other questions as I am always here to help.

  13. Cecilis
    Jan 18, 2021

    Thank you so much for your quick reply! I’m new to the world of plarn!


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    […] presents Plarn Apron Pattern posted at My Recycled RecycleCindy says, “Sharing a free crochet pattern for a […]

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