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Old 07-29-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Talking Plarn = Yarn Made of Plastic Shopping Bags

I've seen those crocheted bags made from plastic shopping bags and then learned this proactive recycling method that creates trash to yarn is referred to as "Plarn."

So then my next question was, how do you make it into one long strip to crochet with?

I found the instructions here: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/0...-plastic-yarn/

Thought I'd share in case anyone else was wondering too.

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Old 07-29-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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I've made a couple of bags from plarn. It's really not hard to do at all. If you can crochet with yarn, you can do it with plarn. Just remember that you are crocheting two strands thickness.
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I can't crochet, but I'm looking into fusing plastic bags and then doing sewing projects out of them.. Kinda the same concept, but a little different and I think easier.. I've been thinking about it for a while since the bags keep piling up and I can't seem to get rid of them quickly! If these work out I'll be snagging everyone's that I can :P
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Oh, there are some really fun things that you can do with fusing bags, especially if you use Target bags or colored bags. When you're done with the fusing process, it's like messing with Tyvek. You'll have fun with that, for sure.
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I can't wait to try it.. I think I'm going to do some reusable bags first for shopping. Then probably do a few other things. I'll definitely post pictures once I get going. I can't wait to sort them and figure them out!
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I found a pattern so I can loom knit a purse out of it!! It's on my list of winter projects, since I can't seem to get any crafting done this Summer!!
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I've made a few plarn totes and even a purse. I usually make the strips about 1 inchess and you can use a J hook (or smaller) with thses strips, I don't usually attach too many strips at one. 1 cut up grocery bag, when wound up makes quite a large ball of yarn. I prefer to leave the strips flat as I sometimes carry ny crocheting to work on while I am waiting at the doctors' office, the beauty parlor etc and a wound up ball is quite bulky to carry around. This way I add on a few strips at a time as I need more yarn.
http://planetmfiles.com/2008/09/06/how-to-make-plarn/
http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-ma...-plastic-yarn/
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I guess I've been living in the dark lately. I don't think I've ever seen any of this. I will be giving this a try.
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Yeah, i just started to find this stuff out recently. It's pretty cool. i have started to separate mine and cutting them to get ready to fuse them. So we'll see how it goes!
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Colored bags would be nice. Publix and Hitchcocks have either white or tan though.
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