Reusing plastic bags to make lengths of plarn is so easy. Here's what you do:
- Flatten out your bag
- Cut the handles and the bottom seam off
- Fold your bag into a ruler shape…and then cut it into squid rings (if your rings break, no worries, just tie them together)
- Join ring to ring using a figure 8 join
- Roll the plarn into a ball
- Knit or crochet your plarn
Picture tutorial follows:
Cut the handles and the bottom seam off (below 2 pictures)
Pictures below: Fold your bag, lengthwise, into a ruler shape…and then cut it into squid rings (if your rings break, no worries, just tie them together).
Pictures below: Join ring to ring using a figure 8 join
Picture below: Roll the plarn into a ball
Picture below: Knit or crochet your plarn
I made the crocheted shopping bag pictured from blue, white and grey plastic bags. The bag is strong, pliable, take anywhere and, best of all; I can throw it into the washing machine. I’m taking it up the Cape with me in January as a Smart Art demonstration. They're lacking in traditional craft materials up there, so I figure that, if interested, the women and teens in the communities can make use of the many plastic bags suffocating our environment.
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