Thursday, February 21, 2008

Plastic Bag tote - completed!!!

Saturday, Feb 9, 2008

I went to join Marybeth and Gail at the Prayer Shawl Knitting ministry, and completed my very first plastic bag bag!!!


It originally was going to be taller and with handles in the same material, but I bought some gorgeous plastic handles at Knit-a-Bit's Superbowl Weekend sale, and wanted to use them on a shorter height, instead.

I'm so pleased with it. I had to crazy-glue the screws of the handles into place, and I'd like to try some future bags with completely recycled material, but this is nice:



Here is the recipe:
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Plastic Bag Tote

This is my very first tote bag made with plastic bags as the yarn. I used four bags of Krogers, imported from Garland, Texas, and I don’t know how many Pathmark bags from Jersey City and the Bronx.


With four Krogers’ bags (a nice brown), chain at least 25 stitches. Then single crochet (sc) around both sides. When you get to about the third row, single crochet 3 scs in each of the “corners”. You’ll need to eyeball this as it is not an exact science. I ran out of brown after using four Krogers’ bags. Then I switched to the Pathmark bags, stopped increasing in the corners, and worked “up”. When it get high enough to cover my Bible plus an inch, I stopped. Then I made the handle connectors, which are three rows of 14 scs, with a tail to sew them onto the bags and handles.

Note: I thought the handle “connecters” would make an attractive design element, but upon sewing plastic bag thread to plastic bag crochet, it kind of melted visually into each other like modeling clay. Next time I’ll try a contrasting color.

See also the start and how to and what else you can do with plastic bags...

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8 comments:

trailbee said...

This is so incredibly good looking! Amazing. I'm saving mine in plastic bags, no less, to use as packing material when I finally sell our house and move! We all recycle in our own way, only yours looks better.
Did you get a reply to your helmet hats?

Anonymous said...

Kristen, your bag tote looks great!!
Congrats. Clarena.

Anonymous said...

Your plastic bag tote is very attractive! Great job.

123 123 said...

Interesting article you got here. I'd like to read a bit more about this theme.
BTW check the design I've made myself Russian escorts

Cotton Bags said...

Yummy blog! Thanks for giving out your creative mind’s eye.I'm saving mine in plastic bags, no less, to use as packing material when I finally sell our house and move.

Cotton Bags said...

Great information thanks for sharing this with us.In fact in all posts of this blog their is something to learn . your work is very good and i appreciate your work and hopping for some more informative posts . Again thanks

Snowcatcher said...

That did turn out really nice. Thanks for sharing the link with me!

Kansas City Weight Loss said...

Nice Cotton Bag, should get this soon, color combination is good. i like this Bag.. :D