Making a Plarn Bag

May 9, 2011

Crocheted Green Plarn BagI keep our plastic grocery bags and re-use them, but sometimes we get way too many to keep around. I fold them flat and cut strips of plastic circle (cutting the bag from side to side after cutting the handles off) and intertwine them by looping one through the other and pulling the opposite end through the loop. As I do this, I roll the strips into a ball because I use it as a crochet material.


I make tote bags for the beach and increase the size of them as much as needed to get the size I need to carry the wet things back from the beach. They are loosely crocheted enough to be sprayed outside with the items in the bag and get the sand off. Then just hang them and they will drip dry.

Make the handles on the tote bag long enough to carry it across the body, or at least over the shoulder, so your hands are free to do other things. You can even make rugs of these to put your wet boots on during the rainy season. Keep it outside though!

Follow any crochet pattern that you have for either of these and experiment on your own as well.

By diane szlucha from Owego, NY



Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

March 10, 2017

I am making a large bag with plarn and the edges are ruffling. Will it turn into a bag or not. How can I keep it flat?


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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

if you are crocheting in the round, you have to increase by 1 stitch every 16th round.

Here is the article which explains it all in detail:


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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

add stitches and keep it loose.

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February 10, 2014

A recycled market bag made from plastic grocery bags.Would it be possible to get your pattern or a similar one for the pink plarn tote posted here?

Craft: Making Market Bags from Plastic Bags

Thank you!

By jfost515


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February 19, 20140 found this helpful

According to the feedback, here is a link to the pattern. It doesn't look exactly right but it is close.

There are also some other links to patterns, in the other post's feedback and in this guide.


Let us know how it works out. Hope to see a photo of your market bag soon.

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Check out these photos.

March 15, 2011

This handy tote is made from plarn (recycled plastic bag yarn), acrylic yarn, and a 3 lb. margarine tub. I found combining yarn with the plarn affords wider selection of colors and extra strength.


January 31, 2017

Use strips of plastic grocery bags to make this sturdy crochet tote. This is a page about making a tote bag from recycled plastic bags.

photo of an ecofriendly tote

January 30, 2017

Reusable market bags made with plarn are cute and sturdy. This pageis about making market bags from plastic bags.

A recycled market bag made from plastic grocery bags.

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