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« on: July 18, 2006 08:48:40 AM »

I know it's been done before, but I crocheted this basket out of Target (plastic) bags and sent it to my Sis O' Bliss.  She added a candle and put it in her bathroom.  If I had known it was going to be used for such a pretty purpose, I would have done a better job on my technique!!!







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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 08:50:57 AM »

won't it melt?

Cool look

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006 08:54:56 AM »

Thanks.  And nah...not with such a large glass...and it's only a tea light candle.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006 01:08:39 PM »

How'd you crochet with the bags?  Just cut them into strips?
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2006 01:25:51 PM »

Yes.  I searched for a tut on here, but couldn't find one.

I cut off the handles at the top straight across the width of the bag and the bottom just above where they are sealed.  I lay the bag (now a cylindar shape) and smooth it out flat on a table.  Starting a one open end, cut on an angle around and around and around the bag until you get to the top.  You can make the strip as skinny or as fat as you'd like.  I make them pretty thin cuz you get more 'yarn' out of each bag.

I'll post a picture of my tatted bookmark later.  For this type of 'plastic twine' I CAREFULLY cut the bag, keeping it as free of little scissor knicks as possible, stretch (pulling slowly) the strip about six inches at a time until it stops stretching without breaking...then 'perfection knot' all the stretched strips together (because no matter how hard you try it WILL break at some point)...then using my handy-dandy hair twister from Conair, I make plastic twine!  I have used an electric mixer for this purpose as well.  Just twist-tie the strands to the ends of the egg beaters, turn it on, have someone hold the middle of the twisted cord and let it twist up on itself.  Don't over twist it or it will get crazy on ya!  It is very strong when you make it like this...like if I make a 6 ply-strand, it would hold 100 ibs!  Seriously!


I'll post pics if you don't understand!  I'm feeling sick today  Cry...so maybe later if you need it.

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2006 02:29:56 PM »

Thank so much.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2006 09:12:20 PM »

Such a great idea for the bags! Great work.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006 03:33:11 PM »

This is really recycling at it's best.  I had to keep the thread alive, cause you totally ROCK on this one!

Did you see what I did with my milk/coke caps?  It's in the melted bead craft-a-long:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110217.0

Want to do a 'recycled' item swap later this month?  I thought it would be mainly to find inventive uses and re-cons for things most people throw out everyday. The altoid tins are ruling in this area, but I thought about using: formula cans, fortunes (from cookies), old keys, plastic bags (like you did), credit cards, pop tabs, dryer lint, mags/newspaper, etc.....  As soon as I get approved to host my own swap, that is!  If you want to play along, write down any odd things you think to add to my 'idea list' for people and let me know!  Thanks!

Again, rockin' baggy basket!  Wish I could do anything with a needle, cause I have a TON of bags!
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2006 04:04:29 PM »

That is totally amazing, I'm really in love with that.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2006 04:42:16 PM »

Thanks!  I really can do much better...I'll prove it some day with some pics!!!

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