A fiber-crafts fanatic who lives to create. Lately I've been knitting and sewing to clothe resin ball jointed dolls. I'm also "Wovenflame" on Ravelry, Flickr, ETSY, DoA and yahoogroups.

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Location: British Columbia, Canada

Capricorn, Married with grown children.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Crocheted, Recycled Shopping Bags

The was some interest at KR in the possiblity of knitting using recycled shopping bags cut into strips. I crocheted this bag, but the same principles could be used for knittng.

I used my rotary cutter and quilter's ruler and the method presented here to cut my bags in preparation for crocheting. The actual design of the bag is totally free-form. I first crocheted an oval the size I wanted the bottom of the bag to be, then I continued straight up the sides without further increases. The handles were made during a regular round by simply crocheting a chain, skipping an appropriate # of stitches and then continuing on in rounds again. It made a nice, comfortable and strong handle.


Blogger Margie said...

Here via KR. What a great project! I think it looks good, and I can imagine the possibilities with different colored bags!

October 04, 2004 11:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minnie from KR as well. i'd seen the picture earlier when i read that thread, and i do believe i will try it myself. funny, i've been looking at my bags, and my local grocery store started carrying light orange bags in preparation for halloween. between that and the white and blue walmart bags, i do believe i have some interesting color choices coming up! your bag looks cool, and it sounds very simple. i also crochet, and will have to try this. :)

October 09, 2004 8:53 pm  
Anonymous Pansee said...

This is sooooo cool. My mother makes these bags also...
Very small world. They are the best. Great for the beach and damp clothes... Really super bags.


July 14, 2005 9:07 pm  
Anonymous Barbara said...

My mom bought a cute water bottle holder made out of crocheting recycled grocery bags. Does anyone know where I can find a pattern to make something like this. Barbara

July 17, 2005 6:14 pm  

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