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Newspaper Bags Upcycled into a Water Bottle Holder

Posted on November 5, 2010

Time for a new recycled plastic bag project. Things have been a little hectic lately and I haven’t been able to craft and post new patterns as frequently as I would like. But this week I was able to get some plastic newspaper bags cut up into plastic bag yarn. I just love this beautiful shade of pink salmon that my local library gets their newspaper delivered in. For those people who may have not read my fat bottom bag post, these beautiful bags are being saved by my local library. I pick them up about twice a week and it’s a wonderful resource for me to be able to obtain unique and colorful bags for my recycled crafting projects.

I actually counted the number of bags I used in this crocheting project. It was 29 plastic bags. I cut them about 1 inch wide and interconnected them together using the loop method. Each newspaper plastic bag results in about 17-18 loops if anyone is interested. Anyway this water bottle holder holds a 32 oz Nalgene bottle or a store bought 1 liter bottle of water. Because these plastic bags are a bit thinner I used a K crochet hook rather than my standard N hook. The smaller hook provided a tighter stitch and a sturdier water bottle holder.

Please enjoy the free crochet pattern below and happy crafting to all!

Recycled Newspaper Bags Water Bottle Holder Pattern

Material Needed: 29 salmon pink newspaper plastic bags cut into 1 inch strips and connect into plarn.
Plastic newspaper sleeve bags were used in this project. Cut the strips and assemble
just as you do in this plarn making tutorial.

Metal K (6.5 mm) crochet hook

Water Bottle Holder Size:
Bag – 5-1/2″ wide, 7″ long, with 4″ round bottom
Strap 40″ long & 2″ wide
Fits water bottles that are 32 oz reusable bottles or 1 liter plastic bottles

With pink plarn, Ch 4, Sl St to join in first st of chain to form ring.

Rnd 1
Ch 2 (counts as first Hdc), work 9 Hdc in ring (10 Hdc), join with Sl St at top of Ch 2.

Rnd 2
Ch 2, work Hdc in same stitch, then work 2 Hdc in each st, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 3
Ch 2, Hdc in same st, *Hdc in next st, 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (30)

Rnd 4
Ch 2, work Hdc in same st, work 1 Hdc in next 2 sts, *2 Hdc in next st, Hdc in next 2 sts*. Repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (40)

Rnd 5
Ch 4, *Sk next st, Tr in next st*, repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 4.

Rnd 6
Ch 4, work a Tr around the complete st between ea Tr of last rnd. (Insert hook from front to back around complete chain in sp between Tr’s). Join with Sl St at top of Ch 4.

Rnd 7 -11
Ch 4, Tr in ea sp between Tr’s. Join with a Sl St to top of ch 4.

Row 12 – Strap
Ch 2, Hdc in same st. Hdc in sp, Hdc in Tr st, Hdc in next space, and then Hdc in Tr st. Turn.

Row 13 – 84
Ch 2 (counts as 1st Hdc), Hdc in ea st, turn. (6 sts in strap)
Repeat to 84 rows or to desired length of strap.

Attach to opposite side with a Sl St to match other side. Work Sc from backside across sts to attach strap to holder matching opposite side. FO and weave in end to secure strap to bag.

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

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
FO – Fasten Off
Inc – Increase
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at 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. ©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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4 Responses to “Newspaper Bags Upcycled into a Water Bottle Holder”

  1. Sara
    Nov 05, 2010

    Wow! I am amazed at all of your projects!
    I can’t wait to try out this water bottle holder, I only wish that I could get my hands on some bags of that beautiful color!

  2. Plarn (yarn from recycled plastic bags) | Reviving Remnants
    Nov 07, 2010

    […] Water Bottle Holder made from newspaper bags. […]

  3. great to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday! Love this plarn project because it’s a perfect starter project for someone who might be intimidated by the larger ones…thanks so much and all the best!

  4. Violet
    Nov 16, 2010

    Wow that’s a fantastic idea!


  1. Plarn (yarn from recycled plastic bags) | Reviving Remnants says:

    […] Water Bottle Holder made from newspaper bags. […]

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