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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Making Plarn

I've been wanting to come up with a way to use the plastic bags that I have acquired (shame, shame, shame) when I have forgotten to bring my own shopping bags or forgotten to say "paper, please." I saw an article online with instructions for making 'plarn' a plastic yarn made from cut up loops of plastic grocery bags. Well, I just had to try it out. Here's my first attempt:

Flatten and smooth bags with your hands. Fold in half, lengthwise, twice.

Snip off the bottom of the bag and start cutting 3/4 to 1 inch loops, stopping at the handles. Set aside the bottoms and handles to be recycled.

Pick up two loops and pull one through the other to create a knot. Continue adding loops one after another until you have used up all of your bags.

Wind into a ball and start crocheting!


Janet said...

That's pretty cool....so what items will you make with "plarn?"

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing. Now I can try to knit a bag!

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MaidenAlaska said...

Wow, very cool!!!

Keeperz said...

I've made a tote bag and I'm working on a purse today. It makes surprisingly soft and strong material once it's crocheted. I'll post pics in my next blog! I have a new method too that makes a thinner plarn.

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