Making a Rug from Plastic Bags

There are a few different ways to make a plarn hooked or braided rug reusing hundreds of plastic bags. This is a guide about making a rug from plastic bags.

March 20, 2007 Flag
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We get plastic bags from all of our stores when we shop so I decided to put them to use. I found my hook rug canvas and cut my bags in 4 inch by 1 inch strips to make a plastic bag rug.

Multicolored hooked rug made with shopping bags.

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October 12, 2010 Flag
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This is a rug we use for muddy shoes. It is easily rinsed clean and drip dried.


Crocheted Plarn Rug

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March 30, 2005 Flag

This rug is pretty is easy, really cool and costs next to nothing to make.



1. The cardboard will be used to make a loom. The rug will end being about three inches smaller than the piece of cardboard you use. Cut notches along the top and bottom of the cardboard. To create the notches draw a line 1 1/2 inches below the top and bottom edge. Make a mark every 1 1/2 inches along each of the lines you just drew. Cut a notch as wide as your thumb at every mark.

2. Cut large garbage bags in long strips about six inches wide. Tie all the strips together into a long piece. I ended up using three garbage bags. You can also use large, sturdy ribbon.

3. Wrap the garbage bag (or ribbon) around the front and back of the cardboard using the notches you cut into the cardboard to hold the bag in place. Then tie the ends together on the back diagonally. Your loom is now ready for weaving.

4. Cut the handles and down the side of shopping bags to flatten them out. The bigger the rug you make the more shopping bags you will need so make sure you have a lot handy in each color that you want to use on your rug. Different stores may have different colored shopping bags. For example, the blue bags in my rug are from Wal-Mart.

5. To get started, tie 3 bags together.

6. To start weaving, tie one end of the shopping bags to the top corner of the loom (don't tie it to the cardboard, tie it to the garbage bag or ribbon), then weave the rest of the shopping bag over and under the garbage bags (or ribbon) strips. Weave each row in an opposite pattern as the previous row. Attach more shopping bags as you go.

7. When you have finished weaving and have filled up the loom, tie of the end in the corner. Your rug should look something like the picture below.

8. To remove the rug from the loom, cut the garbage bag (or ribbon) across the top edge of the loom. It is best to cut them two at a time, then tie them together before cutting anymore.

When you are finished, your rug should look something like this!

You can reuse the loom for your next rug.

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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

I am excited to try this tonight. I did want to share though that I found a site that suggests making plastic yarn by cutting bags across the middle, thereby keeping the loop preserved; then intertwining the loops to make long yarn. It creates a much smoother thread then tying the ends together. Here is the page: ... bags-creating-recycled-plastic-yarn/

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January 20, 20140 found this helpful

This is great! I'd love to use your project idea within my class. I'd like to request your permission to post your pics/tutorial on my blog. I would reference you within my blog and research. Thanks!

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June 25, 2008 Flag

There were plenty of reusable shirt bags behind a clothier here and a handy video to make short work of making the plarn necessary to create handmade items.

The pink areas are made from 30 bags for a dollar plastic kitchen bags providing much needed color for interest! The fringe took nearly all of 3 whole pink bags.

My problem is that I am not in a zone that I can sell retail from which I had hoped. So, on Sundays across from me at a park, it is busier than any other day. Taking advantage of that, I backed my truck up to near the end of my driveway, leaving enough room for 1 other vehicle to get off the street.

I have an over-the-door towel rack that I don't use for towels that fit nicely over the top of my tailgate and I fastened my crocheted rug to it with with my price tag clearly visible! No one bought my rug, but I know I can at least TRY, which is 1/2 the success!

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

<b> Amy </b> (Guest Post) if you are allowed to go to Youtube you can find out how to crochet there.They have lots of HOW TO videos !

<b> Peggy </b> (Guest Post)

RE:Am I missing something? How could you use safely use a plastic rug without someone slipping on it?

And where would you use it for any value since it is not absorbent?

I like using them sometimes on the deck or back patio - they are handy to wipe my feet on when I get a little muddy out in the yard. Also, most of my home is carpeted so they don't slip. And sometimes to just have something because it's "pretty" is nice,so if it has no real function (such as : nicknacks or brickabrack) that's ok.

Thanks everyone!

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

It's cute, but I would be concerned it would be slick on the floor. Apart from that, if you are marketing it as a green product, then don't buy bags for it, using new bags isn't green.

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September 7, 2011 Flag
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I have several free patterns for crocheting rugs using plastic bags or plarn at my blog. I have attached one oval rug pattern link.

Multicolored crocheted oval rug.


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February 4, 2012 Flag
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March 15, 2011 Flag
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With regards to the plastic bag hooked rug craft project (Plastic Bag Hooked Rug); what do you put on the back of the rug so it doesn't slip?

By Mary Beth

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

You can buy backing to hold rugs in place on the floor. Just about anywhere I imagine that sells pre-made rugs or a fabric/craft store.

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February 16, 20120 found this helpful

I'm looking for recycled type ideas, but will welcome any other ideas too.

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April 23, 2012 Flag
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How do I make a rug from plastic grocery bags?

By debit

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

Try youtube and type in crochet plastic bag rug, you need to use plarn which plastic bag yarn roll. you can also see that on youtube.

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August 27, 2011 Flag
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I would like to make a rug using plastic grocery bags. I need a crochet pattern. Thank you.

By Terri

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

This site has patterns for all sorts of things recycled:

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