Thursday, July 24, 2014

Turn Trash Into Treasure with Plarn!

Guess what this bag is made of!


I bet you didn't guess DISNEY SHOPPING BAGS!

That's right, you can turn your shopping bags into a sturdy, stretchy, long-lasting bag with PLARN. Plastic Yarn = PLARN! It's super easy if you know how to crochet. All you have to do is cut up the yarn into 1" strips.

Depending on how heavy-duty the bags are, I adjust the thickness a little bit. Super heavy, maybe a little less than 1". Thin bags, maybe a little bit wider than 1" for extra strength.

Once you have your loops, connect them the way you would connect two rubber bands. (Need step by step instructions for that? There's an ehow for everything.)

Some people like to make a big ball of plarn all at once. Personally, I like to cut up a few bags at a time, and then add loops as I go. Crocheting with plarn is pretty tough on the hands, so switching it up is an opportunity to take a break. Note: Disney bags will turn your hands blue, but it washes off pretty easily (especially with Jewelscent sugar scrub).

Here's another bag I made with Target bags! My pattern is very simple: I just do a few rows of double crochet for the bottom (both of these are 4 rows of 20dc with a size N hook), and then crochet in the round until the bag is the size I want it to be. It's all one piece, including the strap, which is just 4dc across until it's as long as I want it to be, and then attached with a single crochet on the other side. These bags are the perfect size for a waterproof pool bag to hold your book, keys, wallet and sunblock!

This project requires A LOT of bags - you get about 3 dc per loop, just to give you an idea. The Disney bags were collected from our regular souvenir shopping in 2 trips to Walt Disney World and one trip to Disneyland. As you might have noticed, I ran a little short on the strap, so that is my excuse to plan another trip to WDW.

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