Isn’t it wonderful when you can reuse items that aid in saving our environment? Recently, I found a free crocheting pattern on RecycleCindy’s website that allows me to reuse plastic grocery bags. And so, as one of my projects, during my summer vacation, I crocheted a reusable grocery bag using “The Ultimate Grocery Bag” pattern and plarn. As an avid knitter, I taught myself to crochet in order to complete the occasional edging on a vest/sweater or to join knitted squares together…however, never attempting to follow a crochet pattern prior to this one, I was quite pleased with the resulting product and, unlike the pattern, my completed bag (after the recommended 30 rounds) measured 14″ wide and 17 1/2″ long. The color of my bag was created by using plarn which alternated white and brown plastic bag strips.
A note about creating and using plarn:
When creating your plarn, make sure you use plastic bags that are similar in texture and weight.
Once you have completed your plarn, you will have an excess of plastic bag remnants. These can be recycled. In our area, a couple of our local grocery stores purposely have recycling bins for these bags and their remnants. Hopefully your community does too!
*These photos were taken along the Maumee River.*