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« on: February 02, 2010 11:50:01 AM »



What else is there but to make a shopping tote using the lids as my bottom .....


I call this the American Crock Lid Bottom Plarn Tote ....  (I think the pic shows why)




My theme this year is - 'Recycle By Recreating To Reuse'

I don't know about you, but my totes/purses/bags go through a beating both inside and out.  I'm always laying it on the ground so of course it gets dirty and something is always spilling out on the inside.  



The lid on the bottom keeps my plarn tote lasting longer.... And because it is made with plastic yarn, it is very durable and strong.    I was able to fit 7 of these in my shopping cart the other day....







Punch holes in each lid about every around the lid ensuring youre making the same # of holes on each.  

Blanket stitch twice around each lid.  

With an F or G hook, join with a sl st in any space and 2 to 3 sc in each space around.   Join with a sl st to the first sc then fasten off.  

Repeat the same for the 2nd lid, (do not fasten off this is where you will be joining the 2 lids in the middle) join with a sl st to the first sc and also through a st on other lid, yo and pull through to complete sl st.  (see pic below)


Continue until you cant go any further.   Once youve complete the middle seam, you will now begin making the sides of the bag.  Sc in the back of each sc of the previous row.   I discovered that this puts more of the weight on the plarn then on the lid.

Work your way around the outer of the lid back to the middle, sctog the last st on the lid and a stitch in the middle, sctog next st in the middle and 1st st on next lid, sc around the outer of next lid back around, join w/sl st to first sc.  

For this grocery tote, I switched to the H hook and did tr st in each st around.  Repeated the same for each row except every 3rd row worked blo to create a rim for edging with a contrasting color.  

Row 12, (with contrasting color) hdc in each st around.  
Row 13, (with contrasting color) determine how big and how far apart you want placement of handles... hdc in each st up to where you want to make handle, make 20 ch, join w/hdc to complete first handle and in each st around up to where you want other handle, make 20 ch, join w/hdc to complete 2nd handle and in each st arnd, join w/sl st in 1st hdc made.
Row 14 (with primary color) -15 (with contrasting color), hdc in each st around.  Fasten off.

With contrasting color, rev sc in each st around lid.  Fasten off, weave in all ends.

My apologies for not doing a better job with providing the how to details initially.  Let me know if you have any questions about each step.

Here's a tote I created with an oval lid:


Thank you for hosting this challenge ... I hope you enjoy!!


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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010 11:56:20 AM »

I just love the ingenuity you showed on this project!!!  That's really cool  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010 12:13:13 PM »

I imagine that the lids would also help keep the tote upright. That's really clever, and great-looking as well.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010 12:28:32 PM »

That is one awesome tote! I love the idea of using the lids for the bottom!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010 01:02:31 PM »

wow this rocks
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2010 01:11:30 PM »

Im doing the same exact thing with soda cans! you rule
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010 01:34:03 PM »

Very cool! The one I am making for the challenge is a crocheted one, but I never thought to use something like that for the bottom!
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010 02:02:53 PM »

Wow, I'm going to save my lids up now!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010 02:22:04 PM »

OH MY ! Shocked this is so GREAT!! I just have to make myself one!!!  Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010 02:34:57 PM »

This is truly amazing! Awesome job!
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2010 07:17:38 PM »

So clever!
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2010 07:38:29 PM »

Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2010 06:55:32 AM »

This is really awesome!  I have a lot of orphan lids....no plarn, though.  Have to figure something else out.  =)
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2010 07:01:23 AM »

thank you for all the nice compliments ...

the awesome thing about a project like this is it's not only great with plarn but it is fiber friendly, tarn (t-shirt) friendly, harn (hosiery) friendly, jarn (jean yarn) friendly.... 

for that matter, have any old pillow cases laying around?  Rip out the bottom seam and do a hand stitch to attach lid and VIOLA!! you have your very own lid bottom shopping tote ...




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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2010 08:11:13 AM »

Clever AND good looking!
I like how you used contrasting Plarn to make stripes and edge the bag....
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2010 08:23:35 AM »

perfect for holding my kale!
nice work!
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2010 10:46:20 PM »

I love this! It takes plarn to a whole new level, you really used those lids quite well! Very ingenius! <33

I gotta say, it kinda reminds me of pants rofl
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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2010 08:00:19 AM »

I wish I could crochet !! Embarrassed  I love your idea !!
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2010 10:46:24 AM »

I wish I could crochet !! Embarrassed  I love your idea !!

I THINK you use this idea for knitting, too. Maybe crochet 1 round around the holes--anything to create loops-- then pick up stitches from there.
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2010 09:25:23 AM »

I THINK you use this idea for knitting, too. Maybe crochet 1 round around the holes--anything to create loops-- then pick up stitches from there.
Or, you can puch holes, do a blanket stitch all around and sew the 2 lids together then pick up stitches etc.  Sometimes you can have some rectangular lids lying around that some of the Chines take-out places use.  That would be even better to use by connecting 2 rectangles together, especially for knitting. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2010 10:40:21 AM »

Nice job!  Those stray lids ARE good for something!
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2010 01:45:19 PM »

Great idea for using those lids! Thanks for sharing the pattern  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2010 04:05:46 AM »

you know you got a skill, me i really want to learn how to do that , i  know but cant make a style ... anymore  very nice ...
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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2010 08:17:43 AM »

This is really nice to see Smiley  It's been a while since I've seen something this innovative.  Great work!
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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2010 08:37:23 AM »

Had the link to this thread in favorites, noticed I hadnt even commented on it!!!  ooops  Sorry!  I love working with plarn and  using the lids is a fantastic idea!!   You mentioned "harn" (hosiery),  I have lots saved to use for something, I would cut in loops in loop together.  Anyway, my question is,  it doesnt  "run" when cut ?
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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2010 09:25:11 AM »

To make hosiery yarn, I would cut them in one strand using a spiral pattern.  Your loops would be too small even when stretched.  Re the runs, they wouldn't show when crocheted.  I never thought of using harn and I seldom wear pantyhose anymore, but it seems like a good idea to use up your pantyhose with rips in them. 
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