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« on: March 28, 2010 11:42:01 AM »

I crocheted this rug using plastic trash and thus the name Trashy Rug. I used recycled bags from bread, hotdog buns, bagels, toilet paper, frozen foods, hashbrowns, paper towel packaging, hamburger buns, taco shells, hoagie buns, and other pieces of plastic from numerous products having plastic packaging. This plastic is the heavier gauge stuff and its much harder to crochet and does make your hands and joints sore so take lots of breaks when you crochet this.

I used an N (9) crochet hook and single crochet throughout. One thing about all the plastic trash -- it's colorful and makes for an unique looking rug.

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010 11:48:49 AM »

this is a brilliant idea! i could use one for my front porch lol, things are starting to thaw outside and people are beginning to track in the wet and mud.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010 11:59:14 AM »

That's a pretty unique idea.  How do you crochet the plastic?  Do you tear/cut it into strips?  I keep thinking it must rip apart easily during the process.  I don't know much about crocheting with experimental materials so that's why I'm asking.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010 12:18:24 PM »

That's a pretty unique idea.  How do you crochet the plastic?  Do you tear/cut it into strips?  I keep thinking it must rip apart easily during the process.  I don't know much about crocheting with experimental materials so that's why I'm asking.   Smiley

I cut my plastic for this project only about 1/2 inch wide and use the looping method shown here http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/17/instructions-for-cutting-plastic-bags-creating-recycled-plastic-yarn/ I use a sharp pair of scissors and cut the plastic into loops.

Because this plastic is the heavy gauge its even more durable than plastic grocery bags. When I cut the thin plastic grocery bags, I cut them about 1 inch wide and use the same looping method. Either way, the plastic is very strong and you can make lots of things from the recycled materials. If you check out my blog, listed in my signature, you can find lots of free patterns and ideas for recycled crafts.
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2010 12:58:58 PM »

What a good idea! Are you planning on using this inside or out? (I was wondering how this feels under your feet & does it slip around?) I like lady_s's idea of using it on the porch, I might make one and do the same!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010 01:32:28 PM »

Oh I love that idea!  All that plastic packaging that I can't avoid has been driving me mad! Now I know what to do with it! Thanks for the idea! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010 02:39:10 PM »

what a great idea!  I have 3 full bags of plastic bags ready to bring to the recycle spot and now I may save them to try this.  I have just the perfect spot for something like this...great inspiration! Thanx!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010 04:52:44 PM »

Your rug turned out beautiful!

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2010 05:19:10 PM »

I keep wanting to do something like that but I never actually sit down and finish it! Props to you! It's awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2010 06:33:30 AM »

I really like this. Such a nice rug made from 'trash'.

I so want to make something like this, but I just never seem to end up with very many plastic bags, and the ones I do usually are used to clean cat litter into.

Thanks for the link to the tute. I was totally wondering how you actually make the plarn.

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