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« on: April 11, 2007 07:31:19 PM »

Boy howdy, I sure do love to crochet with grocery bags.  Yeah, it's a drag cutting the bags, having to add new "yarn" every two rows, and trying to explain to explain to my mother why we must ONLY shop at Vons instead of Ralph's for the next few days to keep the same "dye lot," but overall, I'm always happy with the result.  I feel good helping the environment...like I'm saving the dolphins or something...I don't know.

So without further ado, here is my recycled grocery bag "Fat Bottom Bag," lined with two of my brother's old T-shirts and using square handles, 'cause it's hip to be square.

Here's the bag, modeled by my sister (and a few of my dogs in the background):

Here's the lining in extreme brightness because I don't know how to turn off the flash:

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007 07:39:06 PM »

oh, i love it in plastic! how many bags do you think it took?

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007 01:33:10 AM »

That's lovely! It looks like its got little roses in middle which is really cool.  How do you cut up the bags to crochet with them? How thin do they have to be?

I'm doing my own fbb at the moment but its just cotton yarn! Smiley
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007 05:17:58 AM »

Very beautiful! I never really cared for those type of handles, but for this it really works. Great job!

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007 05:22:21 AM »

what a great bag!  I made a bag out of grocery bags too - it was soo time consuming but I loved it. I just didnt love how dry my hands got from the 'yarn'.. did you have this problem?  anyways.. i love love love your bag - great job recycling!

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2007 06:30:55 AM »

usually, i'm not crazy about recycled grocery bag purses... this one I LIKE!!

great job making it look "fashionable"

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2007 08:09:40 AM »

Wow!  Supercute.  Do you have any advice if we want to try one?  I started cutting up bags (I did a spiral to get the longest possible piece from one bag), but didn't get very far before my hands were killing me!  Plus, the strips kept ripping - maybe I used poor quality bags?  Any tips would be much appreciated!

Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007 06:44:51 PM »

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

crafty__dame: I'm not entirely sure how many bags it took.  I'd say at least 25, but I didn't keep track.

little.mrs.sunshine: I started by cutting the handles off the bags, then going in a downward spiral.  I found that gave me the longest strands.  I'd say each strand averaged about 3/4" wide, sometimes thicker, sometimes thinner.

bubilina: My best advice would be to cut all the bags ahead of time to be sure you have the same "dye lot."  I also found I lost motivation to finish the project each time I had to cut new bags.  The strands ripped every once in a while, but it usually happened when the strands were thinner or stretched a bit.  I'd aim for cutting  each strip about one inch wide to leave some wiggle room for sloppy cutting...

One of these days maybe I'll try to do a tutorial. Smiley

Thanks again for your comments, and feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!

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