Category Archives: PLARN – plastic bags yarn

Metal cans and plastic bags don’t have to end up in trash

I’ve been working on this one project for sometime now. I would’ve done it weeks ago but I lost my interest in crocheting for a while and in addition my scissors are so dull it’s really hard to use them so, many times I just would lose my patience and stop working. I need to get a new pair but there is always something more important to get… .

So,

my first idea was to “dress” nice my metal cans. I wish I had more ideas to use them for because I throw away so many it makes me sad :/

The ones that I keep I like them to look nice, at least.

Few days ago using my old yarn scraps I made a can cover:

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The next day I made different basket. I planned it to be a cover for my second can but when I got to a certain height I’ve noticed that it will work without the can inside :)

 

I named this yarn “Charmin ultra Strong“. Not very creative considering that it was made from Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper plastic packaging (now you know what kind of toilet paper we use.lol). Here is a great tutorial of how to make plarn – yarn made from plastic bags.

Now I need to  finish my different plarn. This one will be called “The rest of it” as it’s made from all kinds of plastic small bags like the store-bought bread bag. When I started it we were still buying breads from the store. These days we don’t so to finish this plarn ball I’ve started using all kinds of bags.

old picture from my archives

I do not use the regular plastic bags that you get in the store to pack your groceries in (those I keep for a different plarn ball). I use every plastic package of already pre-packed in plastic produce that we buy at the store, like tortillas or diapers. My husband buys many things online for his office so every single thing that comes to us is packed in plastic bag. I keep those, as well. It’s fun and great for the environment and thanks to all of it I received a nick name: “miss recycling girl”.

For those who are interested this is the pattern I used for both of my projects:

free crochet basket pattern pdf file

Of course I modified it a little and if you’re interested in details just leave me a comment asking about it.

Mondays @ All Things Fee!

Crocheting with plastic bags

Yep, it’s exactly what you see! Yarn made from plastic bags.

How I made it?! Easy!

It’s funny because every time we went shopping we would take paper bags. Now I don’t bother to ask them for papers because I don’t mind (and I actually want) plastic bags. They are so cool for crochet projects. Strong and kinda shiny after all.

I used it together with my old yarn to add a little more color since all of my plastic bags were white.

That pattern is very easy!

1) Start with magic ring

2) 10 sc inside the ring

3) Tide it up

4) Join with sl sc

5) *4 ch, skip one sc, sl in next sc *, repeat * 4x.

6) *2 ch, 4 dc in the loop made from the 4 ch below it, sl in next sc (sc between those two 4 ch loops)*, repeat *4x.

7) (how many ch. you want) – this is the length of the chain between flowers

8) sl in 3rd (or fourth) ch from the hook – it will make a loop

9) 10 sc in the loop

10) repeat from no 4) for as long as you want

Off I go to make some more yarn :)

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