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« on: April 29, 2012 11:30:58 AM »

I have always despised the hard plastic laundry baskets that are so cheap and easy to come by. They crack and break, they are hard to carry and you have to have someplace to store them when not in actual use. However, I'm not too keen on the solid fabric laundry bags either as anything even slightly damp doesn't get any circulation and everything begins to smell yicky before laundry day. Then the bag seems to hold that smell forEVER, despite multiple washings.

So, I created a solution. "Necessity is the mother of invention", right? Of course, it wasn't really necessary exactly, but HIGHLY wished for, so it works! So anyway, I made me a new laundry basket/bag that doesn't crack or break AND allows for circulation without absorbing odors AND is easy to carry, even with one hand when it's full AND can be folded and stored away anywhere you wish. It can also be tossed in the washing machine as long as you remember to take it out and hang it up before everything gets tossed in the dryer, otherwise, it WILL melt! It was also free (time to make aside) because I used the plastic grocery bags that I collect because I always forget to put my reusable ones in the car! It's made of plarn (you can find resources on how to make it on numerous sites around the web) and I simply crocheted it without a pattern into the semblance of a round laundry basket perfect for a full load of laundry! I hope you enjoy as much as I am!





Apologies for the sadness of the pix...dark laundry rooms and camera phones don't seem to make very artistic photographs!  Undecided

Thanks for sharing in my insanity! Comments and critiques appreciated! Have a great one!
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012 11:45:23 AM »

Genius! It looks fantastic and is such a great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012 11:53:43 AM »

 Love it!  makes me want to learn to crochet to make one of these..  you can use these, on a smaller scale, for carrying groceries too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012 12:13:48 PM »

Thanks so much HolaKitty and SunflowerSmiles! I have to admit I was rather proud of this invention as well! Works great!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012 12:31:58 PM »

What a neat idea! As hard as I try, I always seem to build up a supply of plastic bags, and this is the most likely thing I'd crochet with them (I just don't think I'd carry around a crocheted plarn purse). My two favorite things about it is that A) it's washable and B) It stores in a small amount of space.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012 12:47:18 PM »

Thanks craftADDchick! Yeah, my best intentions still seem to get waylaid by my short memory!! Although I am proud to admit it took a little while of saving to get enough bags for this! And I have to say I'm not much in the way of plarn purse carrying either though to make more sturdy, reusable (but still forgotten) grocery bags is a good plan! And yeah, the washability and storage were two concerns in the "planning" of this project!  Cheesy  Just don't forget that you can't put it in the dryer! And if you decide to make anything with plarn, I would suggest not doing your stitches tight because it's a real strain on the hands!! Also, just fyi, I used a size P/11.5mm hook on this.

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012 02:01:15 PM »

what a wonderful idea!  and it looks great.  i like how the brown bags make it look almost like it could be wicker or something.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012 02:09:18 PM »

Such a good idea! It seems like one of the best uses for plarn I can think of, and the best version of a laundry basket too!
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012 03:23:41 PM »

I agree.  Its a great use of plarn.  I have make a plarn bag/purse in the past but did not use it as it was very bulky to hold.  Well done!
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2012 04:48:14 PM »

Thanks for the added insight and tips, Dee! I'll have to start picking through my bags to find the ones that would make the nicest looking basket Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2012 06:02:24 PM »

WOW! Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments! My husband made a joke about me being a crazy lady weaving baskets! Guess now I'm justified in my madness! LOL
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012 12:02:35 AM »

Practical and pretty! Great solution for laundry, and nice colors.
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012 04:48:31 AM »

That is brilliant.  I love that it can also be thrown in the washing machine too.
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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2012 07:09:06 AM »

I love this idea, and you made it look so stylish!
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Awesome idea!
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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2012 03:16:27 PM »

Did you spin the plarn before you started crocheting it? Or started right in? Your bag is AWESOME! Would make good X-Mas prezzies i think!  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2012 11:17:09 PM »

Sorry I'm just getting back to you madame marigold. I'm afraid I'm slightly confused on your question. When you say "spin" are you asking if I rolled it into a ball first? The answer to that would be yes. Although it can get a little tough on the hands after a bit, I do roll it into a ball because it's easier to work with (and if not it would be quite a sizable pile of plarn to have to deal with).

If that doesn't answer your question, please ask again with more explanation (I can be a little daft sometimes and especially with my 2:00 a.m. brain right now!), and I will be more than happy to answer again when I've had some sleep! LOL

Thanks a bundle for the C&C! I hadn't even thought about them as X-mas presents, my mom and sis would probably LOVE them!

Have a great one!
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2012 07:09:33 AM »

 Grin actually I'm glad you did'nt get what I meant! That woulda meant so much more work! giggles....I have 2 black trash bags of ...well bags! to cut up and roll up....

 but what I meant I did see wow, dont remember where? Some take and drop spindle? (prob not right wording) but basicly they "Spin" it like they would wool and make it more like they do skiens of yarn you buy in store.....supposedly lt is a lot stronger etc, etc but the thought of after cutting then rolling up a couple of years of saved bags then to spin and re-roll etc? It hurts just thinking of it!    Shocked Grin

I actually love the thought of bags and all sorts of stuff made this way but I can see my in-laws and DD's eyes when they get "plarn bags" for their prezzies!  Wink Kiss (snickers)

I cant wait to get a copy of your bag going! Where did you find that beautiful brown at by chance? I can get yellow and of course the reg. wally world bags but not seen browns one yet!
(Will make hubby go to diff stores if need be!)   Wink

Hope to have something to show sooner rather than later!  Kim
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012 09:00:07 AM »

Hi again Kim! I've had some sleep now so I can at least think a little better today! Honestly, I have never seen where they spin the bags like that, but it would be a TON more work than I would even consider! It already seems to take forever to make the plarn anyway (I'm impatient that way) and yeah, my hands are whining just thinking about it! I just throw it together in the chains, wind into a ball and go!

It's funny that you mention the brown bags because I was actually thinking that it would be really nice to get my hands on some other colors. I only infrequently get anything other than white or the brown. I actually get mine at the grocery store, both of my local ones (Marsh & Kroger) use the brown. It does work out kinda nice since it looks somewhat like wicker or reed baskets, but I'd love to make my daughter one for her dorm room next year out of some brighter colors! Guess I'll have to find someplace new to shop too! LOL

If you have any other questions or anything, I'm happy to help where I can, though I'm certainly no expert! I can't wait to see yours when it's done! Please be sure to post a pic! And may the force (of the hands) be with you!  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2012 01:11:15 PM »

What a excellent idea! I want one too, but I tried to crochet with plarn and find it very hard to do.
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That is really cool!  I always thought crochet might be good for baskets.  That's another thing on my list of stuff to make.
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2012 10:14:28 AM »

@karindanielle...yeah, it can be difficult and it is definitely not easy on the hands, but the biggest key I found was making sure my stitches stayed loose. It doesn't make it easy, but certainly less impossible! Wink

@Cayora...crocheted baskets are great and really strong too! They can hold up to an awful lot of abuse!
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2012 03:50:56 AM »

oh my goodness, this is brilliant! but WHY did i have to find i a week after i recycled all my plastic bags at the supermarket? Grrrr!
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2012 09:00:23 AM »

Sorry pops  Sad sounds like your luck runs along the same vein as mine! Day late or dollar short kinda thing!  Cheesy  But now you know what to do next time you save them up! For the record, it does save your sanity and hands a little in the long run if you go ahead and cut up the bags and chain them together into plarn as you get them instead of trying to do them all at once. Then you can just save up the balls in a project bag until you have enough to make the basket. Works great that way! AND...you can still recycle the parts and pieces you cut off!
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love it   your colors your pattern  is great   
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« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2012 01:15:59 PM »

LOL luckily plastic grocery bags accumulate quickly! have a very shallow basket already! Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2012 08:35:33 PM »

They do add up quickly, don't they?! And it really doesn't take as many as you might think to make a basket this size! I would love to see a picture when you're done!!!  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2012 04:32:08 AM »

mine are a mix of tesco (mainly white with blue stripes) and sainsburys (bright orange!) so not as subtle and basket-y as yours Cheesy but very happy way to spend time sitting with my kids while they xbox - actually they are pretty fascinated, especially with the special way of cutting the bags into plarn, like i'm going to let them have my rotary cutter, yeah right Tongue
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2012 10:12:49 AM »

My kids just think I'm crazy when I do things like this (they're 17 and 20)! They think IT'S cool...just that I'M crazy! LOL  Wish I had access to bright orange bags, I would love to make a fun colored basket for my son since he's responsible for his own laundry!
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