Making a Rug from Plastic Bags

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plastic bag rug finishedThis 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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October 12, 2010

This is a rug we use for muddy shoes. It is easily rinsed clean and drip dried.

Crocheted Plarn Rug

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June 25, 2008

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.

Recycled Bag Rug

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September 1, 2019

I have been saving my grocery bags to make rugs or pads to sit on aluminum bleachers. They work great for insulating the bottom. I got my idea from a you tube video by Mom Eberhard. You I cut the tops and bottoms off the bags and loop them together. I did a 4 string braid. I made one for a friend and she uses to sit on aluminum bleachers and said it works great.

Recycled Plastic Bag Rugs and Bleacher Pads - oval rug

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January 29, 2017

Could you use the non skid rubber mats instead of latch hook canvas for this project? Would it help keep the mat in place better?


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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

I think it would work out very well. Why don't you try to cut a small piece and complete that? That way you won't waste time if it doesn't work out the way you want.

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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

i have used that rubber shelf liner and works great but i also have seen things o in the craft store that said for backing of rungs etc..

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May 5, 20170 found this helpful

I put my mat on a carpet floor and then secured it down with ducktape

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

I have designed and hooked several rugs and I went to the dollar store and bought rubber jar openers and stitched them to the 4 corners to keep the rubs from slipping. Sometimes I could find packages of 4 for $1.


Even when I had to buy 2 packs at $1 each, it was still less expensive than a craft store. They some times come in colors, but I was happy to use white since no one would see it!

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August 27, 2011

I would like to make a rug using plastic grocery bags. I need a crochet pattern. Thank you.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

This site has patterns for all sorts of things recycled:

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March 2, 20180 found this helpful

you don't really need a pattern just start crocheing in a chain and go back and fourth or in a circle its really easy my grandmother used to make these rugs all the time out of bread wrappers and even panty hose there great for the outside at the door,

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April 23, 2012

How do I make a rug from plastic grocery bags?

By debit


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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September 7, 2011

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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December 26, 2012

This page is about making a hooked rug using plastic bags. A great way to recycle loads of plastic bags is to make a rug.

Hooked Rug Using Plastic Bags

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