There is more to recycling plastic than dumping them in the bins outside the superstores. You can make plarn! “Plarn” is plastic yarn made from crinkly plastic grocery sacks. When crocheted up it makes a durable material that is strong, colorful, and easy to clean.
In the next weeks I will be posting patterns so you can make plarn bags of your own. They are cute for handbags but are strong enough to carry groceries and books as well. My little sister uses hers as a gym bag and my older sister uses hers to lug all of her heavy textbooks. In the meantime you need to be collecting all of the plastic sacks that you can as it takes more than 30 to make a purse big enough to carry groceries. If you’re already on the resusable grocery bag bandwagon, there are probably a ton of bags that friends and family would be happy to give away.
The lightweight grocery bags that you get from Walmart, HyVee, Walgreens, etc, are the best to use for this project. Thick plastic like Gap bags won’t work. Target bags are a little tricky but are worth using for the red color that they contribute to the finished product. I’ve put together a mini-tutorial for preparing your plastic bags:
Start by folding in the sides and smoothing the bag out flat, as shown.
Fold a few times, as my lovely mother demonstrates here.
Cut the handles off of the bag,
and then cut the remainder of the bag into 1″ “tubes.”
Link the tubes together lark’s head knot style.
Mom and I had a little plarn party of our own… here’s me buried in plastic. I’m getting plarn ready so I can design new purse patterns to share with you. Come back in the next few weeks for your free plarn bag patterns. Stockpile all of the plarn you can, and a size “J” crochet hook.