Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Plarn or Plastic Yarn for a Crocheted Rug (Tutorial by me)

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Plarn or Plastic Yarn for a Crocheted Rug
tutorial by AnnieOfBlueGables
Paper or Plastic? 
before going green with BYOB
I used to always choose plastic, and here is why:
I like to make rugs from the used bags.  
This is a tutorial for how to cut the bags to make plastic yarn. 
All you need to provide is your favorite doily or floor rug pattern
 I love this rug in my kitchen. I keep crocheting a new one for the boat, but the kids 
talk me out of it before it gets to the
new home
Materials Needed
  • used plastic shopping bags
  • scissors
  • crochet hook
  • favorite crocheted rug pattern (or doily)
  • I used Leisure Arts Floor show #LA2915
G crochet hook, about 20 bags for a small rug and 50 for a larger rug  
 1) start with a shopping bag
 2) fold in half length-wise

3) Fold in half again

4) cut bottom of bag off 

5) Cut handles off

6) after both ends are cut off. 
My neighbor calls the handles the ears. She uses the ears to tie onto wreaths and makes beautiful white wreaths for Christmas 

7) open up one side pleat

8) ready to refold. Bottom side still has pleats. Top is unfolded

9)  excluding opened out pleat, fold in half length-wise


10) fold in half again to make fourths, except for the top opened out pleat 

11) Now fold in half width-wise 

12) Cut slit, leaving about 3 inches of opened out pleat 
13) fold in half again width-wise
14) cut slit, leaving 3 inches of opened pleat 

15) now fold one more time

here you have two choices:
a) For a wider or thicker yarn, leave unfolded (Picture 14) and divide and cut into three. This gives you less length, but thicker yarn and a bulkier product.
b) For a rug and a finer look, divide into four.
 shows all cuts and folds divided into fours 

 now unfold width-wise
 place un-cut side onto your arm. 
The bag is now a tube, 
so this makes it easier to cut the diagonals 
if it is on your arm than if you lay on a table.
 (Since I can't take a picture and cut at the same time, I have removed it from my arm for this picture)
First cut is a diagonal cut from middle of uncut side to first slit on the left

 This shows the first cut. I drew a diagonal line to show next cut 

 continue to cut diagonal lines. 
it is easier draped on your arm so you don't accidentally cut anything else
 After all the cutting. If you do it right, you will have about 49' of plastic yarn all on a continuous strip out of ONE BAG
 roll into ball, like you do yarn. 
Repeat with all bags and save rolled balls in yet another shopping bag. :D

 Begin to crochet. When you have crocheted the first ball do the following:

To join the next ball DO NOT TIE. Instead overlap the ends by about 7-10 inches and crochet, tucking and folding in the ends as you crochet. This makes it much stronger than a tied-together joint.

Annie can be found blogging over at  AnnieofBlueGables where she shares her adventures in life and crafting! Come on by and see what else she's been up to.
I was featured green


Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

Oh My Gosh, Annie! This is AMAZING! I've never thought of doing this - but truly incredible! BTW - I LOVE the name of your blog! (Anne of Green Gables will always be one of my favorites!) :)

Anonymous said...

I simply cannot imagine that that gorgeous kitchen rug is made from plastic bags. Astounding. Great job!

Sharon said...

Beautiful plarn rug! I'm impressed! I've made plarn doilies and plarn rugs, but haven't yet attempted a plarn doily rug, though I've thought of it. Yours is beautiful. :)

savoyarde said...

beautiful friendly

Mary Ann said...

What an incredibly beautiful way to recycle! Thank you for linking up to Toot-torial Tuesdays at - what a great tutorial!!


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