Making Market Bags from Plastic Bags

I make market bags from plastic store bags and colored trash bags. Here is a photo of a pink one I made. With most stores going with reusable bags now, I think people will enjoy these. I bought these bags at a dollar store for $1.00, 30 bags in a package, it used about 27 bags.

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By Genevieve Johnson

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June 13, 20090 found this helpful
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I am so sorry to you all, I had no idea there were responses to my bag until my friend came across it by accident and sent me the link to your comments! I used a pattern that was actually for a market bag made from cotton yarn. To make the strips I cut the handles off the plastic bags, then folded the bags up to about the size of a ruler and cut in about 1 to 1-1/2 inch strips, then looped the strips together and rolled up like a ball of yarn.

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I think I used an H hook, or an I hook. I made one with a much bigger hook, but it was bulky looking and did not like it as much.

Again, I am so sorry for not replying to ya'll.

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March 31, 20120 found this helpful
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I did something like this about 8 years ago, although my pattern was different. My bags have two side handles and were made from store bags, plastic bags that carrots, celery, etc, came in.

It made me laugh each time I used my grocery bags that were made from recycled grocery bags. Isn't it amazing how strong they are and how well they hold up? Yours almost looks too nice - like it could be used as a purse. Maybe you should try a smaller version. I really like the pink.

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August 15, 20080 found this helpful

I love making these bags too, my fav is a brown one made from Home Depot and Safeway bags keep up the good work:)

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August 15, 20080 found this helpful

What a beautiful bag you've made! If I had the talent that you apparently have, I'd make them in assorted colors and use them as purses, beach bags and general all purpose totes.

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I'd be proud to own one of them! You did a beautiful job, and thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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August 16, 20080 found this helpful

Love this idea,,,could you give directions??

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By Didough (Guest Post)
August 16, 20080 found this helpful

Could you please give pattern details for your lovely pink bag?
dianken at bruin dot eclipse dot co dot uk

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By ms (Guest Post)
August 17, 20080 found this helpful

I found a free pattern on this site:
www.myrecycledbags.com/.../

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By Tina (Guest Post)
August 17, 20080 found this helpful

I loved that. I get how to do it. I would like to do it for people for Christmas.

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

---> HERE'S THE PATTERN FOR HER TOTE:

Go to Lionbrand.com then search "Golightly Tote" (or just the word "tote"). It's a free pattern but you have to first join LionBrand (but they don't sell your info). The pattern is made to be crocheted from yarn, but the pink purse was instead made from plastic bags.

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FINALLY I FOUND IT!
Here's step-by-step photos of a way to make one long continuous spiral of plastic-bag-yarn without all the spiral cutting. It's done by first cutting off the handles, then folding the bag, then cutting the bag into strips but you leave about 2 inches at the end that's not cut all the way through. Lastly, you cut the last 2 inches at an angle to form a spiral.
www.flickr.com/.../

HERE'S THE LOOP WAY TO MAKE PLASTIC BAG YARN: (It's stronger, but thicker & takes longer to make up a ball of yarn)
www.myrecycledbags.com/.../

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

This is adorable! How long did it take you?

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
August 18, 20080 found this helpful

Does the author of this have a pattern she is willing to share?

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By Dee (Guest Post)
August 18, 20080 found this helpful

Hi -- new here, love the site. This is a link to a pattern for plastic bag totes that a friend had just told me about.

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I hope you find it helpful. www.canadianliving.com/.../plastic_bag_craft_two_crocheted_tote_bags...

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

www.myrecycledbags.com/.../

This is the best technique for making the strips I have found.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Here is a link for making a continuous length of plarn (plastic yarn) which will of course be single rather than double thickness:

laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com/.../no-join-method-of-cutting-fabric...

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August 20, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,
I also love the pattern with the wide straps. Everyone would like to know what pattern you used, Geni.

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I also didn't know you could get pink plastic bags at the dollar stores. I will have to go and get some:) Thanks, Harriet

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August 20, 20080 found this helpful

Hi people,
Lions brand has a few patterns and a few look like they would work well for plastic tote bags for the market.

www.lionbrand.com/.../patternFinder.fcgi?search=Search...

Enjoy and post them if you make them:)
Harriet

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August 21, 20080 found this helpful

PLEASE, PLEASE send us the instructions for this pink bag, It is soooo cute and I have got to make one! Thanks so much, lisa

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By Hollie (Guest Post)
August 21, 20080 found this helpful

I love this bag. Pink is a great color for it too. Hope you post the instructions for it soon. Thanks for sharing it. I have been crocheting for over 30 years and always love new ideas.

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August 28, 20080 found this helpful

Dear Geni from OH Do you sell your bags? How much for one in Lavender? I garden but can not do handwork. LOL I love the look of your 'go to market bag." Great Granny Vi

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By mary (Guest Post)
September 8, 20080 found this helpful

Would love your pattern as I could do this in our craft club and would like to make a blue one.

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By popet (Guest Post)
September 14, 20080 found this helpful

Geni, please we all want the pattern!

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Anonymous
September 14, 20080 found this helpful

I love it. Please hurry with the directions.

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September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Please hurry with instructions, it is a great bag, also what method did you use to make your strips.

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September 26, 20080 found this helpful

Geni,
Love the bags! Would like pattern to give to my sister or do you sell them yourself?
If the instructions were posted, I missed them. Thanks!

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September 30, 20080 found this helpful

A pattern may be ordered from www.knittingdaily.com

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By Karen (Guest Post)
November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Do you have exact instructions or a pattern for this bag? Thanks!

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

I guess you don't have to buy new bags?

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

If you want to be green, recycle your grocery store bags. It looks nice though.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

Wow, if I didn't have fibromyalgia, I would love to learn to knit and/or crochet, to be able to make beautiful things like this!

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

That is absolutely a one of a kind and I love it! Is it possible to get the instructions on how to make it? I would love to have those for my reusable bags versus the ones the grocery store offers!

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

How do you make these? I would like to try this.

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

There is a video on youtube that shows how to make this bag. Check it out!

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

How are they made ? Do you sell them ?
Thank you.

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August 25, 20180 found this helpful

How can i get the pattern for this bag???

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August 25, 20180 found this helpful

How can i get the pattern for this bag???

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August 27, 20180 found this helpful

Here is a pattern that is supposed to be similar to the bag.

www.myrecycledbags.com/.../

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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September 25, 20180 found this helpful

How do I get pattern

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October 24, 20180 found this helpful

Where do i find the pattern for pink purse

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January 21, 20200 found this helpful

Where are the instructions for the pink bag? I love it for cancer bag.

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January 21, 20200 found this helpful

I'm sorry but we don't have step by step instructions on that craft. The member who submitted it gave some general directions but no pattern.

I checked our site and we don't have a basic crochet bag that has been submitted. This is a link that was suggested in the comments of a different page. It's similar but not exactly the same.

www.myrecycledbags.com/.../

Good luck! If you make one, please share it with us. You can even show us step by step instructions to help the next person.

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