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« on: May 06, 2012 05:18:27 AM »

Posting is new to me so please be patient. I am not sure what topic to post this under but I am excited to share.

I have been working with plarn (plastic bags + yarn) for a few weeks now. I would crochet with it when I was a kid and could not afford regular yarn. I recently picked this back up because our town was having a "green festival" and I wanted to make something for it. I was not able to have anything ready for it because I had only learned of the festival a week before and had to work.

When I started making the plarn I got a huge amount of interest in it. People in my small town had never seen anything like it or even thought of it as a possibility. Over the last few weeks several of my friends have been gathering up there old plastic bags they had been storing up and giving them to me to see what I could make.

 I would prefer it if we could all use the reusable totes but sometimes we forget or we get more groceries than we have bags or we just don't think about it. It really opens up your eyes to the amount of bags out there... How much trash and waste we have. This is my chance to share with you a creative alternative. I have done quite a bit of research on the Internet about plastic bags, how much energy is used to recycle them (if they are recycled at all) and how many end up in landfills.

This is a pair of shoes I have made from Kroger plastic bags and crochet.

This is a pair of sandals and a matching bag from wal-mart plarn

Edit: Thank you all for your interest Smiley They are surprisingly comfortable and durable. I wore my very first pair to work (12 hour shift) with tons of walking around. I took a pair of regular shoes with me incase they did break or get uncomfy but i did not use them. As a matter of fact the thought that I might need to change into them never occurred.

I have been wearing both pair everyday since I made them a couple weeks ago. (change color according to clothes I'm wearing) I have gotten many compliments on them before people were even aware they were plastic bags! When I told them I made them out of bags of course they all want to touch them or the purse. Every single time they are surprised at how strong they are. A few people have compared the feeling to straw hats or baskets but are impressed with how soft they turn out. I wear them outside through grass, over rocks, and even in the rain. The temps got up to 97 the other day and they held up through the heat over blacktop as well.

I am however working on some ideas to add to the bottom of the soles so that they will last longer. After lots of wearing and walking the bottoms of my white sandals (single layer) have gotten kind of fuzzy like. A few of my ideas were to cut soles out of table place mats (I actually already sewed on some last night), use rubber from old mountain bike tires, old car mats, rubber shelf lining, or soles from old flip flops that had broken. I don't think this is really necessary but I would like to prolong the life of my creations. With adding a sole it should have them last as long as any regular shoe would.

I watched YouTube videos to see what method I wanted to stick with while making plarn. I chose to use the loop method. (there are 3 methods that i am aware of) I cut smaller than one inch strips but I also use a smaller needle. It can be hard on the hands to crochet with it. Once I got use to it though it's not hard because you kind of learn to just keep loose tension and that's way easier on your joints. I actually enjoy the whole process. It's kind of relaxing to watch tv and cut or loop your bags. I have a boyfriend and room mate that watch tv as well and it does not disturb them at all. I've actually gotten a lot of friends involved and they not only supply old bags they also help me make the plarn Smiley and enjoy it too!

« Last Edit: May 10, 2012 12:04:32 PM by fantasticmio - Reason: edited to add the pics again » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012 07:29:52 AM »

Very nice,  very green. I have thought of making totes outta plarn for a long time - just haven't gotten around to it.

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012 07:59:06 AM »

Very cute idea with the shoes! I just recently posted a plarn laundry basket! It is so much fun to try new things out of the free material and know that you're keeping it out of the landfill! I think it's going to be funny when my laundry basket starts falling apart and I put it in the bag recycle bin at the grocery! I would LOVE to see the face of the person who comes across it at the recycle plant! LOL

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012 06:19:53 PM »

Thank you both very much for the comments, they mean a lot.

Subee: the totes are really very strong. Once you start making them you will be addicted and challenged to come up with more

ToadallyDee: the laundry basket is a great idea too! Thanks for sharing! It is indeed a lot of fun working with plarn and coming up with new ideas. Lol, it will probably be quite awhile before your laundry basket breaks down. This stuff is tuff! Lol I would LOVE to see someone's face too going through random recycled bags and come across something awesome like that.
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012 05:39:40 AM »

These are wonderful! Are the shoes comfortable to wear?

« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012 11:20:21 PM »

Yes Lizzy, they are actually more comfy than you would think. I LOVE wearing the brown anklets with socks. I have been wearing them everywhere lol. It's like wearing house slippers but way more durable, just as comfy. I added an edit for more clarification.
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012 05:45:52 PM »

these shoes are great!  would you mind sharing your pattern?  id love to try this....
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012 04:26:28 AM »

so lovely.

word of warning to any Brits thinking of doing this though, a lot of our supermarket bags are biodegradable and break down into little bitty bits in 12-18 months so make sure you're not mixing them in with your plarn!
Sainsbury's, Tesco, Co-Op and many independant stores use them now.
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