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Cabled Scarf

February 6, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Cabled Scarf

Here is a new pattern to share that I have been working on. It is a basic cabled scarf that is worked with front post double crochet (FPDC) stitches and back post double crochet (BPDC) stitches.

My tester Suzanne who crochets much looser than I do used a H (5 mm) crochet hook to test the pattern. She used Mainstays 100% Acrylic yarn in gray and her scarf was 7″ wide x 60″ long and used 7 oz/397 yards of yarn. A big thank you to my tester Suzanne for all her help and advice to get this pattern completed and written up successfully.

Enjoy the free crochet pattern below and happy crocheting to all!

Basic Cabled Scarf Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook for 7 inch wide scarf
7 ounces Red Heart = 50 inch scarf; 8 ounces = 60ā€ with I hook

Note: Ch 2 at beg of each row counts as DC. Each row has 5 cables and 18 DCs.

With I hook, Ch 29.

14 Years Ago

January 24, 2021 2 comments
MyRecycledBag_14-Year

Well it all started 14 years ago today here at My Recycled Bags. I posted my first post January 24, 2007. I kicked off this blog by writing about recycling plastic bags and how you could create useful homemade items from the bags.

Of course I branched out over the years and have written about recycling and crafting with all kinds of materials as well as about my personal battle with breast cancer. Thankfully so far, I have beaten cancer and kept this blog site going for 14 great years now.

I have crocheted, sewn, and woven all kinds of things here at My Recycled Bags. I have posted and shared 100’s of free patterns and ideas from tote bags, rugs, baby bibs, dishcloths, hats, scarves, to doll clothes and bears. There is probably something for everyone at my free pattern page.

Anyway on this 14-year anniversary of my blog, I just want to thank everyone who has supported me and the site all these years. While I don’t post as often as I used to, I am still here and check all emails and comments daily. So keep reading and visiting My Recycled Bags and I will keep this blog going hopefully for many more years.

Crocheted Baby Hats

January 12, 2021 No comments yet
Crocheted Scalloped Baby Hats

Time to crochet some baby hats for the local hospital nursery. These little hats are just so fun and cute. They take just a small amount of yarn and crochet up so quickly. Here are two crocheted newborn baby hats with a scalloped edging added. Here is the link for the free Scalloped Baby Hat Pattern.

You might be seeing more pom pom hats from me this year. I received a Clover pom pom maker for Christmas and have been using it a lot lately. The smallest pom pom maker in the kit is 1-3/8 inches and makes just the best little pom pom for baby hats. Here is my first one to share.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2020 No comments yet
Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

Well it’s that time again and just wanted to send out warm wishes for a very happy holiday to all.

This is one of my past recycled Christmas card ornaments. You can find the tutorial and details here should you want to recycle some of your Christmas cards this year.

Below is my final batch of mini Christmas stockings for 2020. These 6 inch Christmas stockings will go towards next year’s stocking drive for the Warmth for Warriors organization.

You can find the free crochet pattern for the cuffed mini Christmas stockings

Mini Plarn Shoulder Bag Purse

December 5, 2020 3 comments
Plarn Mini Shoulder Bag Purse

Got plastic bags? Want to make a cute little shoulder bag? Well grab your crochet hook and those bags and lets crochet a mini shoulder bag purse out of those plastic sacks.

This recycled crafting project used about 15 brown Safeway retail sacks, cut 1 inch wide and assembled using the looping method to create plarn. The finished purse measures 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a 36 inch long strap. The strap can be knotted as shown for a shorter strap or kept longer for wearing across the body.

Here is free mini shoulder bag pattern.

Snowflake Waffle Stitch Towel Topper

November 22, 2020 2 comments
Christmas Towel Topper

Need a quick and cute homemade Christmas gift idea? Here is a crocheted Christmas towel topper topped off with a jingle bell for the closure button. This is a double layered towel which requires no cutting or sewing and works up very fast.

Just fold your kitchen towel in half and use this picture tutorial to show you how to crochet single stitches along the top edge through both layers. I will admit that this one row of single crochet stitches is a bit tough but once you have the base row completed, your towel topper will fly to the finish.

The waffle stitch towel topper pattern is free and found here.

Year after year my homemade towel toppers are always popular with people and they make wonderful donations for charity craft fairs too. I have several other free towel topper patterns and you can check them

Candy Cane Mini Christmas Stockings

November 10, 2020 1 comment
Candy Cane Mini Stockings

Just finishing up this year’s mini Christmas stocking drive for Warmth for Warriors. Here are a few of the final ones I crocheted. I call these my candy cane stockings. I used this pattern for the 6 inch stockings but did work in both loops. I crocheted 2 rounds in each color and just carried the yarn colors inside the stocking to hide my color changes. Works out well and you can’t notice the color changes too much.

We had a very successful year of making mini Christmas stockings for the troops through Warmth for Warriors. In case you aren’t familiar with the organization, you can read more about them here. Last year over 3100 stockings were handcrafted and filled with little goodies for our troops. They were shipped to military troops as a small token of our appreciation to bring a bit of holiday cheer to them for Christmas. We haven’t gotten the final tally for the stockings made this year but I do know it was another great year.

Now we are busy handcrafting

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2020 No comments yet
Recycled Halloween Treat Cup

Happy Halloween from My Recycled Bags! Just wanted to send out a greeting wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween during these usual times. I know this isn’t a typical year by any means but hoping you can enjoy the day with your family.

Here is an recycled Halloween treat cup that you and your kids might enjoy making. It uses a yogurt container, some yarn and construction paper to decorate. Full details including some other recycled crafting ideas can be found here.

Happy Halloween!

Christmas Tree Dishcloth

October 10, 2020 2 comments
Christmas Tree Dishcloth

I started working on some Christmas gifts and recently came across this pretty Christmas tree dishcloth pattern. The pattern features crocheted bobbles for the tree design and edging on the dishcloth.

One thing I found after I crocheted the first dishcloth was that the side edging had different stitch counts on either side of the cloth. One side had 2 stitches and the other had 3 (see photo below). I thought I made an error in the pattern but after frogging the pattern a few times and checking other crafters’ pictures, I found that all the dishcloths had this discrepancy.

So I set out to see if I couldn’t make both sides even and came up with some changes to the original dishcloth pattern.

Details on my version of the original crochet pattern:
Chain 34 and work 32 stitches across.


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About Me

Hello, Iā€™m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.


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