Plastic Bag Crochet
Crocheting with plastic bags is relatively easy.
Eventually I’d like to make a “How To” video illustrating all the steps, but for now here are some notes and various resources to get you started.
Making “Plarn” From Plastic Bags
Here are some pictures showing how to prepare plastic bags for crocheting.
*My Kickstarter page has a more simplified, animated version of the instructions below (put to the music of Ratatat).
First, take a bag and flatten it out.
Fold it in half.
Fold it a few more times.
Cut off the handles and bottom of the bag (these pieces can be used for other projects).
Cut the bag into evenly sized chunks.
Tip: I prefer mine to be about 2 inches thick, but you can experiment with various thicknesses. The thinner the strips, the more delicate looking they will be. The thicker the strips, the more chunky looking they will be.
You’ll end up with about 10 pieces per bag.
Unfold the plastic bag pieces and loop them together one at a time (like linking rubber bands together).
Tip: Be sure to hold the knot each time you loop the next one on.
After cutting and looping together several plastic bags, you’ll end up with a plastic bag chain.
Now you have your own plastic bag yarn, or “plarn” (which you can crochet just like you would with regular yarn).
Tip: The size of the hook doesn’t really matter. You can experiment with various sized hooks until you find one that works for your particular project.
OK. So now you have amassed many large balls of plarn. Where to start? What to make? Well, the world is your oyster, but you can find ideas below (and sprinkled throughout this site).
Crocheting With Plastic Bags
If you need some inspiration on what to crochet with your plastic bags, check out these links below:
Here is a great Etsy tutorial that shows how to crochet a plastic bag tote bag from start to finish.
Here is a collection of pages dedicated to plastic bag crochet (a how to video and instructions for various projects).
Here is an instructional video I made at the MakerFaire for Craft Magazine
And here’s a pattern I created for a plastic bag crochet shoulder bag.
Don’t know how to crochet? No worries. YouTube is an excellent resource!
Tip: Working with yarn might be easier until you get the hang of it. Then you can move on to crocheting with plastic bags and other materials.
Once you learn a few basic stitches, you’ll be able to create all kinds of amazing things.
Here are some crochet basics.