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« on: November 26, 2005 09:03:54 AM »

I'm thinking about making a purse (flower bag from a past issue of crochetme) out of plastic bags.  I was wondering if anyone knew how many plastic bags would equal a yard.  Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2005 09:05:53 PM »

I think usually the bags are cut into 1" strips, and you can cut each bag in a continuous strip.  If you're using a regular grocery bag, or like the ones you get at Wal-mart, etc, I'm guessing they're about two feet total around including the side parts.  They might be a foot tall.  So, then, you'll get 2 feet x 12 or 24 running feet of "yarn" from each bag, which is 8 yards.  It might be less, though, because I don't have a bag in front of me to measure.  I would say, get a bag (they're cheap Wink ) and cut it up and measure it, then you can plan the appropriate number of bags.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2005 09:11:02 PM »

Usually a bag makes a lot.  I could post a quick tutorial of how to cut the bags. It's pretty easy and makes a lot of "yarn"
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2005 09:46:33 PM »

Ok, let me try to explain.
First you lay the bag flat on a hard surface. Cut off the bottom (where the "seam" is) and the handles. Then fold it like this:
                     ________________
                     
                      _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
                                   
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                      _______________

       the solid lines are where the "seams" are, the dotted lines are where you fold,      and the sides where there is no line is where you cut off the bottom and handles

  Then after you fold it it should look like this:     ______________
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 next you cut it into strips like this:   
   ________________
   __l__l__l__l__l__l_ _   when you open them all up they will be in long loops
    (cut on the lines)        hook them all together by overlapping the loops and then
                                    pullng the end of one loop through the other

Make sense? Hope so. I know it sounds really complicated, but I promise it really isn't! Let me know if you don't get it and I'll try to explain better!
                         

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2005 06:22:17 AM »

You can check out this page http://home.inreach.com/marthac/plastic.html for instructions on how to make plastic bag yarn, as well as a few ideas on what you can do with it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2005 08:11:58 AM »

Thanks for the help!  I'm sure if I don't have enough bags that getting more won't be a problem.

Can I pretty much use whatever size hook I want or is there a specific size that will work best?
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2005 08:29:00 AM »

Can I pretty much use whatever size hook I want or is there a specific size that will work best?

If your strips are about 1" wide, I'd go no smaller than an N hook. You can scrunch up the strip and guesstimate the size of hook you will need for it. I made a rug once using various colours of shopping bags, and I used a Q hook with 1" strips.
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