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Plarn Laundry Basket In Progress

Posted on April 2, 2012

I don’t normally share a project in progress but this crocheted laundry basket is just such an enormous project that I have to post about it even though it’s not completed yet. I’m guessing its about half finished and I believe I’ve used already over a hundred recycled plastic bags.

I have had a recycled plastic bag or plarn laundry basket on my to-do list for a long time. I eventually get around to creating most of the things on my list but it does take time. Speaking of which, this recycled bag may end up being the largest one I have ever crocheted and it’s taking a lot of time.

Here is a picture I took of the base which is about 15 inches wide. It was done in single crochet stitch so it would be tighter and stronger for the bottom of the laundry basket. I am crocheting the sides in half-double crochet stitches.

I am continuing to crochet on this project and hope to have it finished soon. Once done, I will post the free crochet pattern and more pictures here at My Recycled Bags.

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13 Responses to “Plarn Laundry Basket In Progress”

  1. Judy
    Apr 05, 2012

    Laundry basket is very nice.Thanks for all the patterns you have posted

  2. Sandi Blue
    Apr 07, 2012

    I absolutely love this. I saw a lady who had crocheted flip flops from plarn. I am desperatly seeking that pattern, if you have any suggestions they would be happily welcomed. Thanks for the new project idea with laundry basket, cant wait to see finished.

  3. You are so talented. I would have never thought of something like that.

  4. Cindy
    Apr 07, 2012

    Here is a tutorial I found for crocheting plastic bag sandals. Here is one for flip flops also. I hope this helps and thanks for stopping by.

  5. Tami
    Apr 21, 2012

    That is totally awesome!

  6. Irena
    Apr 22, 2012

    Hello! I am from Zagreb (Croatia). I am crocheting since I was 11 or 12 but not constantly. Just recently I discovered plarn and I like it very much. I like Your blog and perhaps I will following, looking forward pattern of this lovely plarn laundry basket and all other lovely patterns.
    See you soon on blog,

  7. Judy
    Apr 12, 2013

    When does the basket start to turn? I have a HUGE circle that is still flat

  8. Cindy
    Apr 12, 2013

    @Judy — It does take a while before it turns up. It will begin to curl up at about 17 inches wide and then as you continue to work the pattern you will see that it’s more of a bowl. Once its finished and you gather the handles together, it works well for carry clothes because of the wide base.

  9. Judy
    Apr 12, 2013

    Thanks for the info. I am at 23″ now, but will keep going. If doesn’t turn, will try modifying by a row of dbc chain 1 and making a drawstring bag. Then put the carry handle above that. I just became aware of this last month and I’m hooked. Made several smaller bags using your idea and they came out great. THANKS

  10. Marge P.
    May 03, 2013

    Just found your site today. So many good ideas. So little time.
    I too am a big C survivor. My last bout was seven years ago so doing good. Had to comment on your plarn laundry basket. I’m so cheap I’ve been using old cardboard boxes. Now I can have pretty ones. Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas. Marge

  11. Louise
    May 30, 2013

    Good morning … love the whole plarn crocheting … how do you get the bottom to stay flat? … mine always have “ripples” … am leaving for work but will check in later this evening … love all the ideas … smile … Louise

  12. Cindy
    May 31, 2013

    @Lousie – For this project the bottom may ripple but it doesn’t really matter as you are using it for a tote bag. On some of my rugs, I know rippling can be an issue. I have used gentle heat from a blow dryer to flatten a rug. Hope this project works out for you.

  13. Louise
    Jun 05, 2013

    Cindy … what a great idea! … never thought of using a blow dryer … thanks for the tip! … smiles

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