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« on: February 06, 2006 01:16:25 PM »

I had a ton of those plastic bags from the grocery store and other places that were destined to be pitched....

So I chopped em up and turned them into a tote bag for the gym!



Inside, I had a side compartment to hold things like reading material and other stuff I wanted to keep separate



Not terribly glamorous, and a little bit oversized, but it seems to work well enough!
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2006 01:18:16 PM »

Oh my good god, how did you do that?!!  That is the coolest thing ever!  I would really like to learn how you made your bag, because I have about a bazillion of those plastic bags cluttering my pantry.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2006 01:24:16 PM »

That is way awesome. How long did it take you, and wherever did you get the idea to do that?!
It's seriously mindblowing.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2006 01:31:33 PM »

i am continually amazed by these bags. what i wanna know is how long does it take to chop up all the bags, and do you have to connect all the strips together? my mind cant comprehend it! its a fantastic looking bag, great compartment idea.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2006 01:37:30 PM »

I love it!  I would love to make one myself!  I don't crochet very well--was it complicated?  I suppose it could be knitted.  Great idea, woodlandsprite!
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2006 01:41:10 PM »

I love love love these!  I have a good softball sized ball of recycled Walmart bags rolled up.  It's a chore just the prep work!  I love the color of yours and the side compartment is unique.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2006 02:00:25 PM »

Man, you guys sure know how to make a girl smile Cheesy  Thanks so much for all the praise!

How long did it take you, and wherever did you get the idea to do that?!

Timewise, it didn't seem to take very long - I was using a huge hook (size P I think) and I'd just work on it while watching TV each night - I think I had the thing done over a the course of a week of evening TV viewing.

what i wanna know is how long does it take to chop up all the bags, and do you have to connect all the strips together?

Honestly, I think the making of the "yarn" out of the bags took about the same amount of time as actually crocheting the thing together - I did that in front of the TV too.  I basically stacked a bunch of plastic bags together (something like 4 or 5 at a time), folded them a couple times to make the chopping go faster (handle to handle, and bottom corner to bottom corner).  Then I chopped off the handles and the bottom, and then cut loops about an inch wide.  To join them, I girth hitched each loop to the previous one.  See girth hitch here
obviously the post that is used in that photo would be replaced with the previous loop of plastic.  If I get a chance I'll see if I can take some photos.  Unforunately I won't have time til later this week.

Oh my good god, how did you do that?!!  That is the coolest thing ever!  I would really like to learn how you made your bag, because I have about a bazillion of those plastic bags cluttering my pantry.

Plain and simple instructions with no photos:

The thing is made out of a bunch of SCs (for the most part).
First I made a rectangle the size of which I wanted the bottom of the bag to be...
Then I started Crocheting in the round going around the edge of the rectangle - as you carry on going around and around, you start forming the sides of the bag.

When you get to the finished height (and you should know that there is a little bit of stretch due to the open nature of the "fabric"), SC around, to where you want your handle to begin, then chain for the length you want your handle to be, locate where you want the handle to reattach, and SC back to the body of the bag - - repeat for the other handle...then SC around another oh, 3-5 times to get the handle to be the right thickness Smiley

The Side compartment was added last as an afterthought - by picking up stitches in the bottom and sides of the bag as I went along - I picked up the stitches on the bottom of the bag, then turned and SC back, picked up a stitch on the side, turned and SC back, picked up a stitch on the side....you see where I'm going?
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2006 06:35:35 PM »

Oh my good god, how did you do that?!!  That is the coolest thing ever!  I would really like to learn how you made your bag, because I have about a bazillion of those plastic bags cluttering my pantry.

 Smiley

here is a link to some instructions on how to make the "yarn" out of them
http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/bag%20cutting%20instructions.html
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2006 07:26:09 PM »

That is so cool!  Too bad I just threw a bunch of bags out.  I'll have to start saving up again.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2006 10:45:29 AM »

That is lovely, one of these days I'm going to try my hand at knitting one up.
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