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« on: June 20, 2007 11:17:08 AM »

I had started on this bag awhile back, but I hated how it was turning out and kept avoiding it.  I finally frogged it last night and remade it, and I'm so happy with the results.  It's made from many, many grocery bags.  I used a Q hook, crocheting in the round for the most part.  The inspiration came from an issue of BUST magazine, but the pattern is my own. 

So, here's my plastic bag tote

perfect for a trip to the library

Or the grocery store

Save the planet in style and finally do something with all those plastic bags accumulating in your kitchen!

Here's a tute (tute pics coming soon!)

First, get a bunch of plastic bags.  I mean a bunch, it takes a lot.  Harass your friends and neighbors for them, they'll be glad to give them away
Take the bag, lay it out flat.  Now roll it up like a sushi, keeping the handles on the same side.  Cut off the handles, and then cut off the bottom.  You now have a plastic sushi roll.  Cut about every two inches, and you now have a few plastic loops.  Repeat this a billion times.
Now take two loops, and pull one loop through the other and back through itself.  Pull them taught, and they should secure in the middle.  This will make more sense with pics, but keep experimenting, it's easy once you do it the first time.  Keep attaching loops, then roll them up in a plastic yarn ball.
Congrats, that's the part that takes the longest.

ch 35 sts, the join.  single crochet in the round until bag is as long as you want it (note: it will stretch when you put stuff in it)
Then, work back and forth on 14 sts for 4 or 5 rows.  this flap will be the bottom of the bag.  Single crochet this flap to the bag to make the bottom.  Cut "yarn" and pull through last loop.  Weave in ends, or just pull it to inside of bag
Body of bag is done.

Now, you could add fabric for straps, or buy some knifty ready made purse handles.
to crochet some, just start at the side of the bag where you want the handle, sc through 4 sts, then work these back and forth until the strap is desired length (again, it will stretch).  sc  the strap onto the other side of bag, being careful not to twist.

I wove a ribbon into the body of the bag to make it a little more feminine looking.

You could also finish the bottom of the bag like a hat, giving you a round bag, but I like square-ish bags.  It's a lot of fun to get different colored bags and add stripes too.
Good luck!

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007 11:18:25 AM »

That is one of the cutest plastic bag totes I've ever seen! I love the ribbon touch!

Thanks for the tute! Maybe I'll modify it to crochet with chunky yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007 12:32:50 PM »

i think this is really adorable.
i didn't even realize it was from plastic bags at first.
you did an amazing job!

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007 01:19:08 PM »

I like that it's done with brown bags.  It looks more natural.

« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007 03:10:54 PM »

that came out great! i've seen several bags made from plastic grocery bags, and i never really liked them all that much, but i love the way yours came out.

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007 07:27:18 AM »

Beautiful bag and I love the big stitches you made with the Q hook. I just love seeing other people's creations using plastic bags. Thanks so much for sharing your cool bag!!   Grin

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007 06:51:46 AM »

That's a great bag - and I love the shot with all the SnB & sewing books - it's like, craft porn.

« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2008 08:11:41 AM »

This is fantastic.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2008 04:57:55 PM »

this is AMAZING!! i love it!

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 07:59:45 AM »

great design! Thanks for sharing!

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