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Topic: How to make plastic yarn, for those that don't know.  (Read 17511 times)
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bella_domanie
« on: March 05, 2008 09:22:37 PM »

What you need:

-Two containers
-Scissors
-Ziploc bag
-Plastic grocery bags

1. Lay the bag flat, put one finger in the fold that's in the bottom and pull the handle on the same side to flatten out that side.


2. Repeat on the other side so the whole thing's flat.


3. Fold it in half.


4. In half again.


5. One more time.


6. Hold it in the hand that you don't write with and hold it over one container.  cut the end off (doesn't matter which one).


7. Now, hold it over your second container and start cutting your strips.  Make sure you stop just a little bit before you get to the handles (or start a little after if you're starting on that end) because your strip will have a tear or cut in it if you don't.


8. You'll end up with your stuff like this.  Then, put them all in a ziploc bag so they don't go all over the place.


Now, to make the 'yarn' it's self.

9. Take two pieces.


10. Pull them both out straight.


11. Hold one end in your hand and open the loop.


12. Next, take one end of the second piece and push it through the loop in your hand.


13.  (this might be a little confusing) Hold the first loop tight now.  Put the long end of the second loop, through the small end that you put through the first loop.


14.Pull the long end of the second piece to tighten it.  But, be careful, you might have to pull one side at a time and don't pull too hard because you'll stretch the plastic and that's not good.


15. This is what your knot should look like.


I hope all that made sense and the pictures help.  This was made to go with the plastic bag beach bag that I just finished. That is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231876.0
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008 09:27:55 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008 09:43:46 PM »

thanks for the tutorial.  I never thought of doing it that way before.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008 10:40:08 PM »

Awesome!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I saw your beach bag post and immediately wanted to make one. Thanks for posting  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2008 07:25:49 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2008 05:22:33 PM »

I like to use a similar process, but I braid three strands together for a stronger yarn, how sturdy is your yarn? have you made anything? pics please!! clear tutorial BTW.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2008 05:46:16 PM »

That seems like it'd work well but... isn't it a lot more work??  And, thank you.  I was kind of worried about it not making sense.  If you click on the link  at the end, it'll take you to the beach bag that I just finished.  Seems pretty sturdy so far.  And it's supprisingly soft.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2008 11:20:35 AM »

Thanks so much for this tutorial!  It's all clear to me now, and I can't wait to get started on a bag of my own.  We have a small army of plastic bags in my house spilling out of the cupboard trying to smother my kitchen, so this should sufficiently stall their takeover.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2008 06:43:22 PM »

A very clear guide, thanks! I can't wait to give this a go!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008 06:11:32 PM »

Whoa! I love the bag you made! Cheesy
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