Plastic Bag Bag

by eleighb

Saving the world one grocery bag at a time!

There’s a trend in crafting that involves up-cycling reusable materials into fashionable and functional items. In the spirit of recycling, I’ve crocheted a beach bag out of plastic grocery bags!  Thanks to my parents and Joe and Haidee for the bag donations! 🙂

Most of the pictures can be clicked on for a larger view.

I’m often overrun with plastic bags.  Sometimes they get re-used, sometimes they don’t.

To start, flatten out a plastic bag as neat as you can.

Fold it in half over and over (hot dog) until it is approximately an inch to an inch and a half wide.

Cut it into 1 inch strips.

When unrolled, the strips should be circles of plastic.

Loop the strips together and pull tight.

Continue looping the strips together to make a long chain.  This makes up the plastic bag “yarn” (Plarn).

A big ball of PLARN!!!

The bottom of the beach bag.

Progress!  Incorporating different color bags.


Complete beach bag!  If it gets sandy, I can just rinse it out! 🙂

Click here for the bag pattern.