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« on: April 11, 2007 07:31:19 PM »

Boy howdy, I sure do love to crochet with grocery bags.  Yeah, it's a drag cutting the bags, having to add new "yarn" every two rows, and trying to explain to explain to my mother why we must ONLY shop at Vons instead of Ralph's for the next few days to keep the same "dye lot," but overall, I'm always happy with the result.  I feel good helping the environment...like I'm saving the dolphins or something...I don't know.

So without further ado, here is my recycled grocery bag "Fat Bottom Bag," lined with two of my brother's old T-shirts and using square handles, 'cause it's hip to be square.

Here's the bag, modeled by my sister (and a few of my dogs in the background):


Here's the lining in extreme brightness because I don't know how to turn off the flash:


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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007 07:39:06 PM »

oh, i love it in plastic! how many bags do you think it took?
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007 07:52:38 PM »

Cute!
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007 01:33:10 AM »

That's lovely! It looks like its got little roses in middle which is really cool.  How do you cut up the bags to crochet with them? How thin do they have to be?

I'm doing my own fbb at the moment but its just cotton yarn! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007 05:17:58 AM »

Very beautiful! I never really cared for those type of handles, but for this it really works. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007 05:22:21 AM »

what a great bag!  I made a bag out of grocery bags too - it was soo time consuming but I loved it. I just didnt love how dry my hands got from the 'yarn'.. did you have this problem?  anyways.. i love love love your bag - great job recycling!
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2007 06:30:55 AM »

usually, i'm not crazy about recycled grocery bag purses... this one I LIKE!!

great job making it look "fashionable"
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2007 08:09:40 AM »

Wow!  Supercute.  Do you have any advice if we want to try one?  I started cutting up bags (I did a spiral to get the longest possible piece from one bag), but didn't get very far before my hands were killing me!  Plus, the strips kept ripping - maybe I used poor quality bags?  Any tips would be much appreciated!

Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2007 08:39:08 AM »

Very Downtown  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007 06:44:51 PM »

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

crafty__dame: I'm not entirely sure how many bags it took.  I'd say at least 25, but I didn't keep track.

little.mrs.sunshine: I started by cutting the handles off the bags, then going in a downward spiral.  I found that gave me the longest strands.  I'd say each strand averaged about 3/4" wide, sometimes thicker, sometimes thinner.

bubilina: My best advice would be to cut all the bags ahead of time to be sure you have the same "dye lot."  I also found I lost motivation to finish the project each time I had to cut new bags.  The strands ripped every once in a while, but it usually happened when the strands were thinner or stretched a bit.  I'd aim for cutting  each strip about one inch wide to leave some wiggle room for sloppy cutting...

One of these days maybe I'll try to do a tutorial. Smiley

Thanks again for your comments, and feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2007 08:36:31 PM »

So cool~!
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2007 08:55:57 PM »

what a great idea
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2007 07:22:51 AM »

I really love your bag.  I attempted to crochet using black plastic garbage bags.  (I was thinking "patent leather")  I was going to make a purse of some sort, but I got tired of cutting the bags, so I never finished.  I never thought to cut in a spiral.  That would've eliminated a lot of cutting.  Your bag has inspired me to try again.   Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2007 08:01:43 PM »

very cool. did you use a different hook size from the book?
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2007 09:50:13 PM »

wow! Beautiful recycled back! I need to make one of these someday.

*cough*thehandlesarerectanglesnotsquares*cough* hehe.
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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2007 10:11:58 PM »

*cough*thehandlesarerectanglesnotsquares*cough* hehe.

This is true.  I need to brush up on my quadrilaterals.
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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2007 04:01:11 AM »

That's an awesome bag. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2007 07:28:04 AM »

thats awesome! how nice of your brother to "donate" the lining!
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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2007 09:26:13 AM »

Purty! I agree, the first picture: I thought it had a sprinkling of rose petals!  Cheesy

lol, the part about "same dye lot" - so true...
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« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2007 09:12:37 PM »

I love this bag! I even have "yarn" all cut up that I was going to use to make a different bag, but now I think I'm going to have to try this one instead! One question, and sorry, 'cuz it's kind of a silly one, but how do you (and everyone else!) put the lining in? How to you measure how much fabric you need and then do you just hem it and then sew it in by hand somehow keeping it all neat and pretty looking? Sorry, I just learned how to crochet over New Year's from this book and my sewing experience is still in single digits of completed object!

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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2007 09:19:02 PM »

usually, i'm not crazy about recycled grocery bag purses... this one I LIKE!!

great job making it look "fashionable"


i completely agree, i always think thats a neat idea but im never thrilled about the outcomes of them, this one is soooo cute, and i love the lining too!
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2007 07:14:14 AM »

how do you (and everyone else!) put the lining in? How to you measure how much fabric you need and then do you just hem it and then sew it in by hand somehow keeping it all neat and pretty looking?

For me, it was trial and error, LOL.  For this bag, what I did was use T-shirts, but I have also used fabric remnants from JoAnn's.  I fold it in half (right sides together) and lay it flat.  Then I take the crocheted bag (before adding the handle flaps/decreases) and I cut the fabric in the shape of the bag, leaving extra space toward the top to tuck under.  Next, I sew the bottom part of the fabric (the rounded part), then I put that part into the bag and sew that in across the top.  I usually fold the rough edges under and pin the fabric down, and just sew using a sewing machine.  I've done it by hand, but the sewing machine has even worked for the plastic bag.

The main thing I learned is to pin everything!  I tend to get lazy, and sometimes my work shows for it...so don't get lazy!

I hope this isn't too confusing...I'll be making another FBB for a friend soon, so maybe then I can post a tutorial on lining. Smiley

Thanks again for everyone's comments.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Wink
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2007 12:52:05 PM »

Wow!  Supercute.  Do you have any advice if we want to try one?  I started cutting up bags (I did a spiral to get the longest possible piece from one bag), but didn't get very far before my hands were killing me!  Plus, the strips kept ripping - maybe I used poor quality bags?  Any tips would be much appreciated!

I cut mine in circular strips. Here is the link to my tutorial http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/17/instructions-for-cutting-plastic-bags-creating-recycled-plastic-yarn/on how to cut the bags. Also I just found a cool techinque where I use the paper cutter at work to cut the strips. It's wonderful!! Try it out, it cuts your project prep time way down. As for the bags that tear, just pull them gently to tie, also it's okay to tie a knot if they do tear. You might read this too http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/03/tips-for-crocheting-and-crafting-with-recycled-plastic-bags/ It has some good tips. PM me if you need anything else.
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2007 05:54:20 PM »

love it!  it looks even better than the candy wrapper bag i bought from ecoist!
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2007 05:57:20 PM »

That's so stylish!  I love it!
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2007 11:02:41 PM »

LOVE IT!! I have to make a recycled bag!
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« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2008 06:06:50 PM »

love it. i was looking at your rav-4 record, which led me to this. you are a pretty incredible crafty lady. i too have a rav-4 and crochet.
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Great job!!
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2008 08:29:21 PM »

amazing! i am so jealous! Cheesy
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i am impressed. very creative...and resourceful! 
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« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2008 02:33:27 PM »

I want to testify, Ms GoesToEleven's bags are TOUGH. I aquired a designer orignal and it's still going strong and pretty after a year of constant wear.
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« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2008 06:58:13 AM »

I want to testify, Ms GoesToEleven's bags are TOUGH. I aquired a designer orignal and it's still going strong and pretty after a year of constant wear.

OH MY GOSH! That is so good to hear. I wonder about your bag every once in a while... :] Glad to hear it's still going strong!
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« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2008 11:01:00 AM »

Great!  I started a recycled plastic bag bag, but not in this cute pattern.  One online tutorial I found has you cutting the bags horizontally, so you get several loops, then attaching them together (with a slip knot?).  You use a lot more bags, I imagine, and the "yarn" is crazy thick so you need a large hook; but the pieces tearing is less of a problem.  Also the bag I'm making is supposed to be a reusable grocery bag, so it will be extra sturdy. 
Oh, here's the link for the original I used.
http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/Plastic%20Bag%20tote.html
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« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2008 07:48:48 AM »

Super-awesomely-nerdy-sustainably fantastic Cheesy and super hot too Wink
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« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2008 07:14:35 PM »

its extremely cute...
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« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2008 02:37:38 PM »

You deserve a cookie for helping those dolphins. Smiley  That bag is totally hot.  LOVE it.
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« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2008 02:26:53 PM »



i absolutely LOVE this! i wasn't going to make this bag, but now i'm going to put it on my to-crochet-list. thanks!
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« Reply #37 on: November 02, 2008 02:28:40 PM »

i LOVE it! it's so going onto my to-crochet-list. thanks!
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