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Grey and Pink Plarn Recycled Bag

Posted on July 9, 2015

I shared in a recent post about weaving the strap handle for this recycled tote bag. I made the strap using a spool knitter and variegated the plastic bag strips with grey and pink loops to form the woven strap. Then I crocheted the body of the bag using an open netting type stitch for the project. Here is the completed recycled tote bag.

Here is a closeup of the strap and top edge of the bag.

Below you will find the complete pattern to crochet the recycled tote bag. I hope you enjoy the pattern and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions as you work this pattern or any of my other free patterns.

Grey and Pink Recycled Plastic Tote Bag Pattern

Plastic bags cut into 1 inch strips – approx. 30+ bags
Hook: Metal J (6 mm) crochet hook

Recycled Plastic Tote bag: 10 inches by 12-1/2 inches long with 25 inches strap

All crochet directions are in US terms.

Round 1
With grey plarn, Ch 30, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st and then working around the backside of chain, Sc in ea st along the other side of original chain.

The bottom of this project is worked in the round without joining until advised to do so.

Round 2
Work 2 Sc in end st, then work 1 Sc in ea st down to the other end, work 2 Sc in end st, and 1 Sc in ea remaining st of rnd.

Round 3
Work 3 Sc in end st, then work 1 Sc in ea st down to the other end, work 3 Sc in end st, and 1 Sc in ea remaining st of rnd.

Round 4-6
Work Sc in ea st around. End round at center stitch at side of the bag bottom.

Round 7 (Tr round)
Ch 4, Tr in next st, *Ch 1, Sk next st, Tr in next st*, Repeat between * around and join with Sl St to top of Ch 4.

Round 8 (Sc round)
Ch 1, Sc in each st and each Ch-1 space around. Join with Sl St to Ch 1 beginning.

Line up the Tr (triple crochet stitches) over each other creating a box as you work the rounds.
Repeat rounds 7 and 8 eight times. (There should be a total of 9 rounds of Tr boxes). FO main color at side of bag.

Using pink or contrasting plastic bags, attach pink plarn at side of bag where you finished off. Ch 1 and Sc in each stitch around. Work a total of 2 rounds of Sc (single crochet) stitches around top edge of bag. FO at side of bag with a slip stitch.

Strap was woven to a length of 25 inches long using a spool knitter. You can also braid or crochet a strap to attach to the tote at the sides as shown. Weave ends of strap securely into each side of bag.

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

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch
Tr – Triple 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. ©2015

****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.

Here is a photo of the body of the bag before I attached the woven strap.

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7 Responses to “Grey and Pink Plarn Recycled Bag”

  1. mikhail
    Jul 09, 2015

    excellent bag, you are perfectly made, beautifully turned out

  2. lebenslauf vorlagen
    Jul 31, 2015

    Good post. The bags are nice looking. I am trying to make it in my free time.

  3. Endra90
    Sep 20, 2015

    Nice post & bag, it’s creative. Thanks for sharing

  4. Cheryl Blake
    Sep 28, 2015

    Great idea! My girl needs an idea for her recycling project at school and this bag is a good one. I taught her crocheting recently and we could spend some more time together creating and recycling. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Cindy
    Sep 28, 2015

    @Cheryl — Thanks for the comment and I hope your and your daughter enjoy crocheting this project together.

  6. Lil
    Apr 20, 2016

    Using a spool knitter for a strap sounds like a great idea! My mom made them for me from wooden thread spools and nails and my Barbie had several hand made rugs for her cardboard Barbie House. I have a plastic one from JoAnn’s. I’m 65 and can’t wait to get my granddaughter started when she is ready.

  7. Cindy
    Apr 20, 2016

    Hi Lil! I have loved using my spool knitter and have seen homemade ones like you said your Mom made from wooden spools. So cool that you have wonderful memories like those from your childhood. I remember using an old treadle sewing machine and making some doll clothes when I was young. Memories like those are just so precious and I hope we can pass them and our skills along to our grandchildren.

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