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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shell Purse from Plastic Bags on: August 15, 2009 10:18:20 AM
Here is my shell purse I crocheted from recycled plastic bags or plarn. I changed colors each round to make this a colorful purse. I added some store purchased purse handles that I got on clearance. I added the lining and made little holders for the purse handles to attach to the inside of the lining as shown in the 2nd picture.

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crocheted Plarn Backpack on: July 18, 2009 01:27:39 PM
I'm excited to share my finally completed plarn (plastic bag yarn) backpack. This was crocheted from plastic bags and then I added some scrap cotton yarn to make the drawstring on the knapsack part, trim around the flap, back hook, and for the latch strap. I did purchase the hardware latch for $2.50 but if you didn't want to use that it would be a basically free backpack for a kid for back to school. It took about 60-70 bags and about 1 oz of cotton yarn. It's mainly done in HDC crochet stitch. It measures about 13" by 13".

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flower Power and Plarn on: June 20, 2009 07:34:48 PM
Here is my flower power plarn tote bag. I have mainly white plastic bags to create into plarn (plastic bag yarn) and wanted to spice up these otherwise plain-looking tote bags so I add several flowers. The flowers can be made from only a bag or two of a colorful plastic which really helps give a pop to your project.

The main bag is crocheted using a big Q hook and then I used a J crochet hook to make the flowers.  Add more flowers as you want to create a colorful addition to your tote bag.  I have the free pattern at my blog if you are interested in doing this crochet project.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled T-Yarn Trivet on: June 07, 2009 01:20:36 PM
I recently posted about crocheting with tee-shirts cut into strips but I found a new method that is really cool that I want to share where you have curled T-yarn (tee-shirt yarn). First find yourself an old tee-shirt, the ones without side seams work the best for this curled method. Also plain tee-shirts are better too as any print ends up curled on the inside of your finished T-yarn.

Next take the tee-shirt and cut off the hem at the bottom. Then starting at the bottom of the shirt, you cut it into one long continuous strip, round and around the body of the shirt. I cut my strip about 1/2" wide. You end your strip when you reach the armholes for the best curling of your T-yarn. Then gently in about 1 foot sections, you pull to stretch the strand. The stretching causes the strip to curl in on itself creating a circular type yarn. **Warning ** Don't pull too hard as the strip will break. Just pull on it gently until it doesn't stretch or give anymore. Then move onto the next section and continue stretching your strip until its all done.

Here is a closeup of the T-yarn after it's curled.

Here is my first completed curled T-yarn trivet hotpad I crocheted using this method.

Anyway I hope I have inspired some of you Craftsters to try this. If you have any questions, please just ask. It's a great way to recycle old tee-shirts and create some cool new stuff!

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirts Crocheted into a Purse on: May 24, 2009 08:30:40 PM
Here is my latest recycled bag project. I took several old t-shirts and upcycled them into yarn by cutting them in about 3/4 inch wide strips. I then crocheted with the yarn I created to make this handbag purse. This is basically done using SC stitch and I added the flower as embellishment. Handbag measures 10 inches wide and 9 long with 8 handles. As always if you need more info or want the crochet tute, I have it free at my blog.

26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink Baby Kimono on: May 12, 2009 12:49:34 PM
I just had to share my crocheted pink baby kimono. We just found out that my first grandchild is going to be a girl so I had to rush out and make a pink sweater. Having all boys myself, this is going to be so fun to make all these fun girlie things for my granddaughter.

I used the free baby kimono pattern found at Crochet Me found here http://crochetme.com/patterns/baby-kimono-wrap.  I used RH Baby Econo yarn in light pink and trimmed with white. This is a fun project as it's worked all in one piece.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I Crocheted a Recycled Plastic Bracelet on: May 10, 2009 10:28:54 AM
This is my first attempt at a piece of jewelry from recycled materials. I have seen several others crochet with plarn (plastic bag yarn) to create bracelets but I wanted something a bit different. So this is crocheted from plastic bread bags and a large piece of plastic packaging that some toilet paper came in. Here is my first picture with a blue button.

Then I found this cool pink button and had to try it on the bracelet. Which one do you like better? I really like them both and am going to have to crochet another one of these so I have both.

28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Plastic & Denim Sit-Upon on: May 02, 2009 12:45:20 PM
For any Girl Scouts who need a sit-upon, here is a recycled plastic bag (plarn) sit-upon that is crocheted. I then added four sheets of fused plastic to the back to make it waterproof. It even has a handle for easy carrying. You could just stop there and have your completed sit-upon or add a piece of recycled denim from an old pair of jeans. I cut open the upper leg and used it as a cover for the sit-upon. Here are a few pictures of the different embellishments used to complete the sit-upon. This is also a great thing for any crafter who wants to sit on the ground and keep your clothes clean and dry.

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Here is just the plain plarn situpon.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Plarn Water Bottle Holder on: April 25, 2009 10:25:37 AM
Here is my crocheted recycled plastic bag (plarn) water bottle holder. This is a quick project that took only about 20-25 plastic bags and makes a great bottle holder. This is designed for the smaller water bottles or reusable beverage containers. I made it with a long sling strap so you can wear it over your shoulder and across your chest.

My only regret was that I didn't have enough pretty blue bags to crochet the strap in blue too. So I had to finish the strap in white bags.

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Felted Flower Tote Bag on: April 13, 2009 08:36:47 PM
I crocheted this bag from 100% wool and add some stripes along with a flower to cover the magnetic closure I added under the flap. It was originally 17″ wide x 18″ long before felting and the finished size of 11″ wide x 12″ long.  I used one of those knitter spools to make the shoulder strap. If you want more info or the crochet pattern, I do have it free at my blog. Here is the final tote bag photo.

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