Plastic Bag Bags

by Ashley Weeks Cart

You’ve got reusable totes tucked in your purse, stashed in the trunk of your car, and lined up by your front door. Despite your best efforts, however, those ubiquitous plastic bags seem to make their way into your home, taking refuge under the sink. Time to unclog! Pull out those bad boys and create a fashionable solution- The Plastic Bag Bag!

Materials:
80-100 plastic bags
1 pair of scissors
1 large crochet hook, size S

Directions for Plastic Bag Yarn (refer to image):
1. Fold each bag in half lengthwise.
2. Fold lengthwise once more, to create a long, narrow strip.
3. Cut off the handles and the very bottom of the bag along the seam.
4. Cut the bag into pieces about 2 inches thick.
5. Unfold the pieces into strips of round plastic and connect them to each other, two at a time, by placing one ring over the other and pulling a loop through.
6. Pull gently so as not to break the plastic, and continue cutting and connecting the bags until you have generated a large ball of plastic-bag yarn.

Crochet Bag Pattern:

BAG


Round 1: Chain 3. Slip-stitch to join in a ring.

Round 2: 2 single crochet (sc) stitches in each stitch to end of round (6 sts).

Round 3: 2 sc in each st to end of round (12 sts).

Round 4: 2 sc in each st to end of round (24 sts).

Round 5: *1 sc in next st. 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end of round (36 sts).

Round 6: 1 sc in reach st to end of round.

Continue last round 15 more times or until bag is desired height, then begin handles.

HANDLES


Round 1: 1 sc in next 3 sts, chain 25 (or desired length of handle), skip 12 sts, 1 sc in next 6 sts, chain 25 (or desired length of handle), skip 12 sts, 1 sc in next 3 sts.

Round 2: 1 sc in next 3 sts. 1 sc in next 25 sts of handle, 1 sc in next 6 sts, 1 sc in next 25 sts of handle, 1 sc in next 3 sts.

Round 3: 1 sc in next 3 sts. 1 sc in next 25 sts of handle, 1 sc in next 6 sts, 1 sc in next 25 sts of handle, 1 sc in next 3 sts. Fasten off.

Instead of winding up in a landfill for thousands of years, these bags can create one durable, long-lasting tote for all your shopping needs. Who knew being a bag lady could be such a classy affair!

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart