Learn how to make plarn to recycle that pile of plastic bags in your closet and turn them into some really cool creations! Read on to see how to make plarn and then, of course, what to make with plarn.
I’m always looking for ways to reduce waste and reuse and recycle what I can. Although I try to use reusable bags whenever I go grocery shopping, I inevitably forget once in awhile and end up with a stash of plastic bags. So what better way to use them than to make plarn and crochet them into something new!
What Is Plarn?
To put it simply, plarn is plastic yarn. Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips and tying them together to create plastic yarn, or plarn. Some of the benefits of using plarn, aside from the positive effects on the environment, are that finished items are surprisingly durable and can be washed in warm soapy water and reused again and again.
What to Make With Plarn
And what are those finished items? You can use plarn to crochet items such as doormats, tote bags (like this super-easy grocery tote crochet pattern), knee pads for gardening, dish scrubbers, storage baskets, coasters, beach bags, table accessories (like this festive outdoor placemat crochet pattern set), camping mats, and almost anything else you can think of. Some organizations are even encouraging their volunteers to use plarn to make bedrolls for the homeless. Now, I said it is good for almost anything … plarn really isn’t ideal for clothing, however. Besides that fact that it would probably not be the most comfortable thing to wear, it also doesn’t breath well. Plarn also shouldn’t be used for anything that would be used near heat, such as potholders or trivets, because it will melt.
How to Make Plarn
First, sort through your plastic bags and discard any dirty or ripped bags to your recycling container. Now it’s time to choose colors. You can choose bags of the same color or use a mix of colored bags for a variegated look. Or you can separate the colors to make different designs by switching colors every few rows.
Once you have your bags ready, follow the steps below to turn it into plarn. Once you are comfortable with the process, you can even stack two or three bags at a time help speed things along. …
Step 1: Flatten your bag making sure the sides are tucked in.
Step 4: Cut off the bottom of the bag and the handles and discard to your recycling container.
Step 5: Then cut the rest of the bag into 1-in. strips. Each of these strips creates a plastic loop.
Step 7: Working with two strips, bring one end of the second strip under and through the loop of the first strip. Then bring it over and back through the second loop, gently tug to secure.