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Plastic Bag Rug

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


  • Plastic shopping bags (like the ones you get at the grocery store)

  • Large garbage bags or sturdy ribbon
  • Rectangular piece of cardboard a little larger than the size rug you wish to make.
  • Yard or meter stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


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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By Maureen (Guest Post)
July 18, 20040 found this helpful

THIS LOOKS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) I would love to try this.great idea!!!! dont waste anything!!!

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By Maggie (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

I found this very interesting.

I once saw a pattern for a shopping bag using plastic shopping bags that were cut into strips and crocheted together.

Would anyone have this pattern? Or instructions on how to do this?



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By Dee (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

http://communit  lasticBagCrafts/

Your gonna love this site :)

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By mary ann (Guest Post)
July 28, 20040 found this helpful

For maggie....I have the instructions for the crocheted plastic bag rug. Ialso have one for tote bags. Just contact me at maboroz (at) yahoo (dot) com

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November 17, 20040 found this helpful

A smaller version of this could be used to make placemats.

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March 30, 20050 found this helpful

Don't throw away all those plastic bags, you can make a throw rug out of them by twisting them flat and weaving them on a loom or crocheting.


By iliana blair

Editor's Note: This is true, click the link below for instructions on how to make a rug out of plastic bags.

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July 19, 20060 found this helpful

I love this idea.


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By Nadine (Guest Post)
March 29, 20070 found this helpful

I would like to know how to plait a shopping bags.

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By Tammy. (Guest Post)
May 13, 20070 found this helpful

I had a family get together this week-end. I went into my aunts home and she had one of these! I flipped out begging her for it. Of course she wouldn't give it to me, but did tell me of this site. I was so thankful. So here I am on this site adding this page to my favorites. This is a very good idea. I am now gonna start saving more of these bags. I have been throwing them away. I wish I had more bags to start this! I am going to start this project just as soon as I can find the cardboard. I thank you so much for this site. This is such a great idea to do with my children (who are teens) so we can spend some quality time together! Great idea!

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By Betty. (Guest Post)
September 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have been looking for a project for the girls at my church to raise money. I think this is great.

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By omg lol (Guest Post)
November 3, 20070 found this helpful

this was awsome so cool to see how it was made lol!

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November 8, 20070 found this helpful

I'm a brand new member of ThirtyFun and so thrilled to be. I absolutely loved this craft idea. Looking forward to your newsletters and I'll be visiting your site everyday. Thanks and keep up the great work. Colleen

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By Rebecca (Guest Post)
November 23, 20070 found this helpful

Very cool! I don't have any plastic bags because I use them for trash bags (I'm too cheap to buy trash bags). I am going to try the loom using cloth. I have lots of stained tablecloths and sheets. I hate to throw things away and need rugs anyways. Thanks

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By odis (Guest Post)
April 21, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks! Long ago i saw a page on how to make blankets for the homeless out of plastic bags like this. (the air was trapped inside to provide insulation) and if you have seen it I sure would appreciate you telling me where to look.
Thanks, ogm333 AT yahoo.com

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By Sarah (Guest Post)
May 9, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks I really needed a plastic bag craft for my 5th grade project on global warming. This is great!!1

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By Matt W. (Guest Post)
November 5, 20080 found this helpful

i love this rug.

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January 3, 20090 found this helpful

i've been trying to find a way to make a rug for my son out of all his old baby blankets. found it!

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By ..... (Guest Post)
January 19, 20090 found this helpful

It's very nice. You help me a lot with my project!

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By Ryam (Guest Post)
February 2, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea, I have something to do for my science project now.

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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:
http://www.myre  ed-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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