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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Trashy Rug 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.

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plastic Bag Apron on: March 01, 2010 06:37:47 PM
I have been working on this apron since Christmas. I finally got it done and wanted to post a picture of my apron crocheted from plarn (plastic bag yarn.) Someone asked for a pattern for an apron and I've had it one my to-do list for awhile. Happy to mark it off now.

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Half Circle Bathmat Rug on: February 14, 2010 02:09:33 PM
Just sharing my crocheted bathmat rug. It's crocheted from recycled t-shirts cut into 1/4 inch wide strips to create t-yarn or tarn. This took about three whole t-shirts without side seams cut and stretched to curl the tarn. I wanted a half circle and had to frog this several times to get the shape right and for it to lay down flat. Here is the final photo. Now I can start using it today.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / T-Shirt Recon into Baby Bib on: January 28, 2010 04:52:55 PM
I love crocheting and crafting with recycled t-shirts. Here is my latest recon which was a pink t-shirt I got free at my thrift store because it had a stain. I cut it into a 1/4 inch wide continuous strip and then gently stretched it which causes the t-yarn to curl in on itself. I then crocheted this diagonal baby bib that was inspired by the diagonal dishcloth pattern. I used the hem for the two tie straps.

My camera makes this look red but it's really pink. Here is a picture of my t-yarn ball before I started.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bread Bag Coaster on: January 25, 2010 07:43:12 PM
Just wanted to share my bread bag coasters. I crocheted this from recycled bread bags. The thing I like most about using bread bags to craft is how colorful the finished projects are. It's trash to treasures!

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Granny Square Tote Bag on: January 10, 2010 10:59:18 AM
I crocheted this granny square tote bag using plastic bags (plarn) for an upcoming charity auction. I always can get white bags but solid colors are hard to come by but this project only needs 4 unique colored bags to make the center motifs. I added a 4 inch wide center strip so the bag had some depth. Now I just hope that it goes over well at the auction.

17  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Upcycling T-Shirts into a Kitchen Set on: December 27, 2009 05:06:18 PM
Here is a way to upcycle your old t-shirts into useful products such as this kitchen set. I cut old t-shirts into thin strips and then gently stretch the strand creating a curled tarn (t-shirt yarn.)

I have free patterns and picture tutorials at my blog if you want more info on how to make your own curled tarn.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Merry Eco Christmas Stocking on: December 06, 2009 12:21:10 PM
Just had to share my eco Christmas stocking that I have been working on. I added a bit of red yarn for trim, the heel and toe but otherwise it's crocheted using recycled plastic bags.

Wishing everyone a very Merry "Eco" Christmas!

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plastic Bag Keeper on: November 03, 2009 08:26:52 PM
I had a request for a turquoise plastic bag keeper. I wanted to make it from plastic bags but finding turquoise bags is nearly impossible so I checked my stash and found some turquoise colored fingering yarn. So what I did was put together plastic bags or plarn and the fingering yarn. Here is my result.

It's as close as I could come to turquoise and still make this handy bag holder from mostly recycled materials. I also used the fingering yarn for trim and the ties for my bag. It's 18 inches long and not only used up lots of plastic bags to crochet this but also can hold them for reuse in your kitchen.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / T-Yarn Baby Bib on: September 07, 2009 01:51:16 PM
I just wanted to share my latest t-yarn (tee-shirt yarn) project. I cut an old white tee-shirt into one long continuous strip about 1/4" wide. I then gently pulled on the strip to create what I call curled t-yarn. It works well to crochet this little baby bib. I added some pink cotton yarn as trim around the outside.

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