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Recycled Pink Plastic Purse

Posted on May 29, 2012

I have been saving these pink plastic grocery bags for a special project. I finally decided to crochet a pink purse and donate it to this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser. In case you are wondering about these beautiful pink bags, they are special and very hard to find. A dear on-line friend sent them to me and I am so happy to be able to recycle them into a cool new purse.

Here is a closeup of the cable stitching at the top and the strap. Just click to super-size.

I have named this purse Pink Passion Plarn Purse and lined it as shown. Please enjoy the free crochet pattern below.

Pink Passion Plarn Purse Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bag yarn or plarn cut 1 inch wide – Approx. 25 pink plastic grocery bags
Here is my picture tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags
1 oz worst yarn for trim and strap – Red Heart light raspberry used

Hook: J (6 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Recycled Pink Plastic Plarn Purse
Bag measures 10-1/2 inches wide and 8-1/2 inches long with 28 inch strap

With plastic bag yarn (plarn) Ch 26.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Work 2 Hdc in last st at the end, then continue around the back side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st down to other end then work 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 2
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in ea of the two end sts, then Hdc in ea st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in ea of the two end sts. Do not join at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 3-4
Hdc in ea st down to the three end sts, work 2 Hdc in ea of the three end sts. Hdc in ea st down to other end’s three sts and work 2 Hdc in ea of the three end sts.

Rnd 5-18
Hdc in ea st around the bag. End last st at side of bag.

Rnd 19
Starting at side of bag, Hdc in 1st st, *FPDC in next st, Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * around.

Rnd 20
Hdc in ea Hdc and work FPDC in ea FPDC of rnd 19. This creates the cable look for the bag by working FPDC over each other. FO plastic yarn and weave under ends.

Rnd 21
Join ww yarn at side of bag, Sc around in ea st and end with Sl St into beginning Sc st.

Using two strands of the ww yarn, (I just pulled the opposite loose end of the skein and held it together with the original strand to crochet the strap in double strand), Sc into the base of 1st St at side of the bag to secure the handle. Chain 28 inches long or the desired length for the strap. Sc into the other side’s edge and Sc into the next st to secure the strap.

Now Sc back up the chain by Sc’g completely around the chain evenly. Sc into the side of bag when you reach the other side. I was careful not to twist the chain so it has a uniform look to the stitching of the strap. FO and weave in yarn ends so the strap is securely attached.

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
FLO – Front Loop Only
FO – Finish Off
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St(s) – Stitch(es)

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. Ā©2012

****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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3 Responses to “Recycled Pink Plastic Purse”

  1. Ann
    May 31, 2012

    Wow, that is amazing šŸ™‚

  2. Val
    Jun 08, 2012

    This is really amazing! I am going to try making a purse. thanks for sharing.

  3. SP Recycling
    Aug 03, 2012

    You can also make welcome mats and rugs from the plastic grocery bags. You can keep them clean with just a spray of water.

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