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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pop Tab Ring of Elegance ... made with plarn (plastic yarn) on: November 14, 2011 04:38:51 PM


Sharing my newest pop/pull tab plarn jewelry design.  It's very easy to make and can be made with or without the pop/pull tabs.  All you need is 8 pop/pull tabs, 1 plastic bag and a button or pendant of choice to compliment the tabs.  In less than 30 minutes you can have something elegant or fun and flirty... 








Thanks for letting me show it off.

Teresa





2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plarn & Pantyhose = One heck of a durable & thick scrubby on: January 19, 2011 09:34:47 AM


Every Christmas I hand out to members of my family my unique scrubbies.  

I combine pantyhose and plastic yarn together and crochet these in the round.  3 rounds of sc make the perfect size of approx 3" to 3 1/4".

I cut the plastic yarn into approx 1-1/4" width strips, cut the pantyhose into 3/4" width strips and a J hook usually works.  But depending on the plastic bags I use, sometimes a K hook works better.  It's a judgment call.


Meijer plastic bags and red pantyhose


Dollar General plastic bags and black pantyhose


Publix plastic bags and green tights
 
These are machine washable or dishwasher safe.

Here are tutorial links to make the plastic bag yarn and hosiery yarn:
http://plastiqrecreation.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-make-hosiery-pantyhose-yarn-aka.html
http://plastiqrecreation.blogspot.com/2009/04/double-strand-cutting-and-connecting.html

Thanks for letting me share.

3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Pop Tab Plarn Bracelet C-PAL / 2 of 2 instruct posted - ENJOY on: December 03, 2010 09:42:57 AM


This is another one of my original pattern designs that I thought would make an excellent crochet-plarn along (c-pal for short) to finish off Dec.  It's the perfect 'last minute' gift idea or have someone on your list that is hard to buy for.

I will share the pattern in 2 sets beginning Tues, 12/7 and last posting on Sun, 12/12.

This pattern is so super simple that even the newest of new crocheter can do - all you need is:

*Size F crochet hook
*approximately 14 pull/pop tabs consistent in size
*2 standard size plastic grocery bags if making the same color or
  1 standard size plastic grocery bag of each color

and in less than 30 minutes you'll have an adorable bracelet just like this.




is this something you'd like to do??

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Pop Tab Bracelets are the newest fashion trend!!!


This Crochet-Plarn Along is for anyone seeking a 'last minute gift idea' or have a 'hard to buy for person' on their gift list.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy

MATERIALS:
Crochet Hook – Size F
Plastic Yarn: Approximately 2 standard size plastic grocery bags
                  If using 2 different colors , 1 plastic bag for each color
14 pop tabs (consistent in size)


Important Note: Not all plastic is made the same. When using plarn, achieving the desired size or gauge is dependent on the texture, thickness and strip width of the plastic yarn.

SIZE: Diameter – 10.25” around, 3” across

CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Hand wash, air dry

ABBREVIATIONS

ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet
hdcfp = half double crochet front post
sc = single crochet
sl = slip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over

Helpful Tips:

Read through pattern instructions before beginning.

When using plarn, stretching your work after every couple of rows is important. This will give you a more realistic view of what you have completed up to that point.   
 
Plastic in general is susceptible to ripping/tearing due to its very nature.   When 'weaving in ends' - it is best to maneuver your craft needle in between stitches and not through a stitch to avoid splitting the plastic yarn.


Part 1 / Linking Pop Tabs

Pattern Instructions:

Round 1: Join with a sl st in a hole of the pop tab, 2 sc in same hole.



*Grab another pop tab and 3 sc in hole.  (Important Note:  2 sc sts in each hole will work just as well if your plarn is too thick.  You be the judge.)



*Repeat for a total of 14 pop tabs or desired length to fit wrist. (Tip: If you’re making the bracelet for yourself, this is a good stopping point to measure around your wrist.)




To finish Round 1, bring the ends together to form a circle making one more sc in the beginning pop tab.  Join with sl st to 1st sc in same hole. 


 


This completes Round 1.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about Part 1 pattern instructions.   

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Pattern Instructions

Posted below are the final set of pattern instructions for the Pop Tab Front Post Plarn Bracelet Crochet-Plarn Along. 

In Part 2, you will be using a unique stitch - it's what I call the Pop Tab HdcFP st (Half Double Crochet Front Post Stitch): Yo, insert hook through the front of the pop tab back around and through the back of the next pop tab, yo, pull back through front of 1st pop tab, yo and pull through all 3 sts on hook to complete hdc st.

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Round 2:  Sc in same st and in next st, *hdcfp around same pop tab & in next pop tab (pop tab hdcfp: Yo, insert hook through the front of hole  of same pop tab back around to front of next pop tab, yo, pull back through 1st pop tab, yo and pull through all 3 sts on hook to complete hdc st.).  






*Sc in last 2 sts of next pop tab, pop tab hdcfp.  *Repeat around to last pop tab.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off, weave in ends.



Repeat Round 1 and 2 pattern on the opposite side of the pop tab.



(Optional) Last Stretch - With hands on opposite side of bracelet band, gently pull in opposite direction. Repeat this around. This will align the pop tabs more uniformly giving the bracelet a tailored-neat appearance.



ENJOY YOUR NEW FASHION ACCESSORY or GIFT IT PROUDLY!!!
More information can be found on my blog...
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Part 3: The Final (w/pattern) on: November 17, 2010 09:45:10 AM


Would anyone be interested in joining me as I host a crochet-plarn along (C-PAL for short)?

For those unfamiliar with what plarn is?  It is a creative way to reuse plastic bags by turning it into yarn.  [Plastic (pla) + Yarn (arn) = Plarn]

This C-PAL is being offered to give any yarncrafter who has always wanted to crochet with plastic yarn, but didn't know where to start, the opportunity.

The project is one of my original designs - Wrap & Go Plarn Wallet/Checkbook Organizer.  Here are few pics using different plarn:

Taco Bell plastic bags (inside view)


Home Depot plastic bags

If there is enough interest, I will post the pattern in 3 installments.  I chose 3 installments because there are multiple components to making the organizer.  And, it'll be fun to see the pics of everyone's progress for each installment.  We will still get done in time for you to make these for Christmas presents.  This pattern is pretty addicting. 

Here are some pattern details:
Important thing to remember about using plastic yarn: Not all plastic is made the same.  When using plarn, achieving the desired size or gauge is dependent on the texture, thickness and strip width of the plastic yarn. 

Materials Needed:
Plastic Yarn - 20 standard size plastic bags for both main and contrasting color.  This really is more than enough.  Everyone crochets differently (i.e. tight, loose) so this is to ensure you don't run short.   However, feel free to make the entire organizer in one color or better yet, mix and match.

Crochet Hook:  size F & H
Craft Needle

Other Details:
FINISHED SIZE: Width-7 1/2"; Height-5" Gauge Info:  Typically, I don't worry much about the gauge.  However, I do recommend it for this project if you want to ensure the Organizer is a specific width/height that you want it to be. 

GAUGE: 5 hdc = 1”; 3 rows = 1 ¼”

There is no 'official' end date to this so novice crocheters who want to participate can crochet at their leisure and not feel rushed.  The pattern will continue to be accessible here on Craftster as well as on my blog and in Ravelry.     Feel free to read more about the C-PAL on my blog.


We've been spreading the word ...  the time has finally arrived for us to get crazy.

The pattern instructions for the Wrap & Go Checkbook/Wallet Organizer will be offered in the following 3 increments:
Part 1 Instructions:  Pouch
Part 2 Instructions:  Flap
Part 3/Finale:  Wraparoundband & Flower

Here are hints/tips I offer on all my patterns:
Read through the pattern instructions before beginning.
• When using plarn, it’s a good idea to stretch your work after every couple of rows. This will give you a more realistic view of what you have completed up to that point.
• Ch 1 at beginning of each row is not counted as the 1st stitch.
• Plastic in general is susceptible to ripping/tearing due to its very nature.
   o Weaving in ends - it is best to maneuver your craft needle in between the stitch or stitches to avoid splitting the plastic yarn.

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Practice Swatch:
I typically don’t suggest making a practice swatch because achieving a certain height/width is an individual preference. However, it is suggested to ensure the Organizer is the wide enough for what you propose to put in it.

Ch 22, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across. Row 2-4: Hdc in each st across. Lay piece on flat surface and place the widest item that you will put in the Organizer once it is completed on top. The piece should be slightly (not much) wider than the item. If more width is needed, try again with additional # of ch sts until desired width is achieved.
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ABBREVIATIONS
blo = back loop only
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
flo – front loop only
hdc = half double crochet
rev sc = reverse single crochet
sc = single crochet
sl = slip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
tr (treble or triple)

MATERIALS:• Crochet Hook – Size F & H
• Plastic Yarn (NOTE: 12 – 1” strips per standard size plastic bag = 6 yards):
   o Main Color – Approximately 20 plastic bags
   o Contrasting Color – Approximately 10 plastic bags
• Craft needle

Pattern Instructions:

With H hook and Main Color, ch 22 or # determined with practice swatch.
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Ch1, turn.
Row 2 – 22 (or desired height): Hdc in each st across.  Finish with right side.

 (Tip: Depth determines Height. To ensure an accurate height is achieved, fold the piece in half and place whatever you will be using the Organizer (e.g. checkbook, calculator, cell phone, etc.) for inside. This gives a more accurate way of determining if additional rows will need to be added for height. 

 
Photo 1
 

Photo 2
 
Ch 1, sc in end st (1st corner) and in end st of each row to corner, 3 sc in corner, across edge to corner, 3 sc in corner, sc in end st of each row matching up with opposite side (Important:  evenly match up sts on both sides or the rows will not have a straight line appearance when stitching up the sides, refer to photo 6), 3 sc in corner, across edge back to corner, 2 sc in corner (back at 1st corner), join with a sl st in beginning sc.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

 
Photo 3
 
Sides (repeat on both sides):
With contrasting color and wrong side facing you, join with a sl st at the corner and sc in each st across, ch 1 turn. Sc in each st across. Fasten off leaving about 6” tail for sewing sides together.

 
Photo 4
 
Fold piece in half lengthwise with right sides together (wrong side out), st sides together with tail. (Stitch Suggestion whip st the blo of one side and flo of other side [the 2 sts back to back]).  Fasten off; weave in all loose plarn ends.

 
Photo 5
 
Turn pouch inside out and push out bottom corners. Just give the pouch a good stretch, tug and pull on both the front and sides.   a sl st in 1st sc st.

 
Photo 6
 

Photo 7
 
Please feel free to post your comments, questions and progress pictures because I am really excited to see the different colors everyone is using ....

Above all, just have fun with this and ..................

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Part 2: Making the fold over flap with inside I.D. Pocket and Pen Holder


We will be using the rev sc (aka Crab St) in Part 2.  If you are familiar with how to make the rev sc, feel free to skip this part and jump down to 'Pattern Instructions'. 

Here's how to make a rev sc stitch (aka crab st):  It may feel a little odd because you’re make a sc just going in the opposite direction (i.e. left to right).  Insert hook, plarn over and pull through  (2 loops on hook), plarn over and draw through both loops.  Continue in each st. 

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Pattern Instructions:

Fold over Flap -
Decide which side of pouch will be the back, with back side facing you still using the H hook, attach contrasting color with a sl st in corner st.

Row 1 & 2: Sc in same st and in each st across, ch 1, turn. (Fast Forward moment:  the 2nd row will be placement of the pen holder.)
Row 3: In blo, hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn.
Row 4 -7: Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn. 


Photo 8 

Row 8: (This row will be the width of your I.D. or other card that will be used.) Hdc in each st across only for the desired width of the card, ch2 , turn.


Photo 9

Row 9 – 15: Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Photo 10 / Outisde Back View


Photo 11 / Inside View

ID Pocket:
(Note:  The Pocket is made separately then attached to the inside flap with a rev sc through both layers of the pocket & flap when edging around the flap.)

Row 1: Ch the same # of sts to match Row 8 plus 2.  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2: Hdc in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Hdc in next 2 sts. Turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 3. Turn. Remove st off hook (DO NOT FASTEN OFF, you'll be coming back to it.


With wrong side of pocket facing you, join sl st in 1st st on opposite side of Row 3, hdc in same st and in next st. Turn, Repeat row 3 & 4.  Fasten off, weave in ends.


 
Photo 12

Row 5: Place hook back on st, hdc in next 2 sts, ch 9 or the the # of skipped stitches on Row 3,  hdc in the last 2 sts.  Turn.
Row 6 – 8 (or desired height of I.D. card): Hdc in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Photo 13


Lay pocket on inside flap to determine what row to rev sc through both layers of the pocket and flap.  (Tip:  I found it works best to have the ID opening lined up with the 2nd row from the top of the flap, see Photo 16.  This avoids any hang-over) 


With contrasting color and back of pouch facing you, join with a sl st in lower left corner. Rev sc up the side attaching I.D. pocket along the way, 


Photo 14



Photo 15


2 rev sc in corner, rev sc across top (in flap only), 2 rev sc in corner, back down opposite side (including I.D. pocket) of flap (if you want a dab more height to pouch opening, continue around to 1st rev sc made). Fasten off, weave in ends.  The remainder of I.D. pocket will be attached with craft needle.

 Smiley :)FYI - RecycleCindy raised a valid concern so I wanted to share this with you.  She didn't like the way her rev sc was turning out so she chose to do a regular sc st around.  If this is your choice, then here are the directions for doing a sc st edging:

assuming your right handed, (referring to photo 10) join with a sl st at the bottom right corner of the flap, up the side to the corner, now going left across the edge of skipped sts, to the corner that would start the first joining of the I.D. pocket to the flap, up the side to the top right corner, the sc’s from the corner to the corner is a single layer in just the flap. You’re now at the opposite corner, sc thru both layers now attaching the other side of I.D. pocket, going back down the left side then arriving at the bottom corner parallel from where you started. Fasten off




Photo 16


Pen Holder:

Determine the width and placement of the holder.  (Tip: I prefer 8 sts evenly centered on the flap.  There is no right or wrong, it's a personal preference.) With inside flap facing you, join with a sl st in the 1st st of the pen holder, sc in same st and in each desire # across.  Turn,

 

Photo 17


Sc in each st across for 4 total rows or # of rows needed for pen.  (Tip: Plarn has some stretch to it.   You want it to fit snug.) 

Attaching - sl st in each st across to attach holder to flap.  Finish off, weave in ends. 


Photo 18

 
Wooo Hooo - You now have a Checkbook/Wallet Organizer ...  but we're not done yet...
Just 1 more set of instructions left.  Please continue to provide the fantastic feedback.   



*Part 3 - The Finale !!!** Wraparound Band:
Row 1: Working on top of flap in the middle, with F hook attach contrasting color with a sl st in on top of a st, sc in same st and in next st, ch 1, turn. (Note: the flower will be placed over this spot hiding the area.)



Row 2 – 16 (or desired length of band): Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. Before fastening off, test the length making sure it is long enough by wrapping band around pouch and position end at beginning of band. Even though plarn does stretch, you want the band a little loose so it isn’t so tight when you fill the pouch. Fasten off leaving long enough tail to st end of band to top of flap. Stitch end of band to front of flap.

 
Flower:
Round 1: With Contrasting color and H hook, using the adjustable ring method, make 7 sc in ring, join with a sl st in 1st sc.
Adjustable Ring method: Make a loop as if to form a knot giving yourself about 4” to 6” of tail. Insert hook through middle of loop (front to back), plarn over, and pull hook back through (back to front). You now should have 1 loop on your hook. Ch 1 as this will count as your first sc. (The standard is ch 1=sc; ch 2=hdc; ch 3=dc). Make the # of sts in the loop making sure to crochet around both the plastic yarn and tail. I suggest making the stitches a little loose so it will be easier to pull the plarn tail. If you start running out of tail, pull the tail to give you more slack, however, you will notice that the loop will get smaller. Now for the fun part – grab the tail and gently pull the stitches together. As you do this, the inner circle gets smaller.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. Fasten off.
Round 3: With Main Color, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next 2 sts.Repeat around. Do not fasten off but pull out a big enough loop so the stitch doesn’t come out as you will be coming back to it.
Round 4a: With F hook and contrasting color, join with sl st in front loop of a st from Round 3 and following petal pattern: in same st-sc, hdc, sc, sl st in next petal.Repeat around. After completion of last petal, sl st behind a st of 1st petal made. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Round 4b: Insert hook back into loop of round 3, follow petal pattern around: in same st - hdc, dc, 2tr, dc, hdc, sl st in next petal. Repeat around. After completion of last petal, sl st behind a st of 1st petal made. Fasten off, weave in ends.



- OR -
Pop Tab Flower:
Round 1:  With contrasting color and F  hook, join with sl st in pop tab and make 18 sc around pop tab.  Fasten off, weave in ends.
Round 2:  With main color and H hook, join with a sl st and sc in same st, *ch 4, sk 2 sts, sc in next st.  *Repeat around. 
Round 3:  In each ch 4 sp, follow petal pattern:  sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, dc, hdc, sc.  After completion of last petal, sl st behind a st of 1st petal made.
Round 4:  Still working behind petal, sl st to 1st tr, *ch 4, sl st in tr of next petal.  *Repeat around.  Fasten off, weave in ends.
Round 5:  With contrasting color, follow petal pattern in each ch 4 sp:  *sc, hdc, dc, 3tr, dc, hdc, sc, sl st in sl st of Round 4.  *Repeat around.  Sl st in 1st sl made of Round 4.  Fasten off, weave in ends.
Join main color in front loop of a st in Round 5, sl st in each st around.  Fasten off, weave in ends.



Assembly:
Position middle of flower over band ends on top of flap, sew flower to flap.
Final touch, with matching plarn and craft needle, sew remainder of I.D. pocket to flap.*

Let me know if you have any questions ....

It was pleasure to offer this pattern to you and I hope you enjoyed participating in my first of many to come Crochet-Plarn Alongs. 

If you're ready for more fun, I start another quickie C-PAL which we will make a pop tab plarn bracelet.  Here is the link thread for it:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366337.0

Thanks,  Teresa
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My new wallet/checkbook organizer w/built in pocket for driver's license & pen on: July 10, 2010 02:47:31 PM


I designed this wallet/checkbook organizer because there are days that my teen age son has obsconded my debit card and I wouldn't know I don't have it until I get to the checkout counter.  That's when I have to rummage through my purse to find plan b - the checkbook (because I hardly use it).  The search isn't over because now I have to find my pen and of course, they want to see my driver's license.    Even using my debit card, they from time to time ask for my driver's license.

Because my sisters and friends loved this design so much I also made a few extras:

This was made with Taco Bell and purple newspaper sleeve plastic yarn:


This was made with Home Depot and S&S Food Stores plastic yarn:


This was made with Dollar General and Lowe's plastic yarn


I also use this as a clutch for the quick trip into the store.  I designed the side seam to let me stuff it full with my comb, cell phone, checkbook, business cards, debit/credit cards, etc.  And because I don't want to have to worry about popping a button, snap or zipper, I designed it with a wraparound band so I can close it without worry about anything falling out.  I put a flower on the front flap because flowers are in right now.

Thanks for letting me share.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycling a Zip Lock Bag with plarn (plastic yarn) on: July 06, 2010 04:26:35 AM


There are very few things that I actually throw away and I have a drawer full of zip lock bags.  The zip is still good but the bag isn't so I just cut off the bottom part and put the top part in a drawer.   This is one of the plarn purse accessories that I make whenever I make me a new tote.

I made this by crocheting from the top down and just sewing up the bottom seam.  Because it is made with plarn, it is so durable.    The belt gives it a fashionable look.




7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Zip Plarn Pouch with pop tab flower on: June 30, 2010 09:39:00 AM


I created this Pouch because the bag busted but the zip lock was still good.  But mostly because I am zipper challenged, it's my innovative approach to having 'my cake and it eat to'.   I also fashioned it with a pop tab flower.  I've made several of these over the years to carry my crochet hooks, my make up, etc.  When I make myself a new tote/bag, I always make one of these to match it for carrying my money in ...  because I make everything with plastic yarn, it is so durable.





thanks for letting me share my design with you
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / And also, who says you can't get your money's worth from McDonalds on: May 03, 2010 05:21:05 AM


Here's one I made with a McDonald's plastic cup and fashioned it with 2 red pop tabs I placed just on the front of each side.







Thanks for letting me share another one with you... 
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Who says you can't get your money's worth from Taco Bell on: May 03, 2010 05:15:52 AM


I'm always trying to come up with creative ways to use plastic to keep them out of our landfill.
Especially, plastic cups because no one really thinks about what could be done with these and believe it or not, they are as fabulous to work with as a plastic bag.    For one thing, plastic cups  make fabulous notebooks, in my opinion more durable, longer lasting and won't rip or tear: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341764.0

Then the creative juices started flowing even more and I came up with something else to do with them.  The awesome part of the Taco Bell hat is I crocheted this with taco bell plastic bag yarn.  That even made this more authentic:


and of course, gotta throw in a flower:


Thanks for letting me share this with you... 
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Getting my money's worth out of plastic containers on: March 19, 2010 11:16:23 AM


Here's how I decided to reuse the large plastic cups you get from fast food restaurants and also other plastic containers that I typically would put in a recycle box.

It started off like this:

and ended up to be this:








I cut, clean, heat and spiral them into plastic notebooks. 

Thanks for letting me share.
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