Edited to add: You can see the finished plarn bag here!
Remember when I told you about a pool bag that I am making with Plarn? Well, I got a little side-tracked with vacation and making monkeys and planning Stan and Floss Adventures, and life! So, we will use the pool bag next summer.
I wanted to put together a tutorial on how to make plarn for anyone that hasn’t tried it yet. So here it goes!
Step 1: Lay out your plastic bag nice and flat. Try to smooth out the wrinkles. Here I’ve got two bags all smoothed out.
Step 2: Fold your bag in half longways.
Step 3: Fold it again longways.
I was sure that I photographed Step 4 and 5, but mysteriously, they are not in my camera. So, no photos for Step 4 and 5!
Step 4: Cut off the bottom sealed part of the bag.
Step 5: Cut off the handles of the bag.
You don’t need the bottom and handle portions of the bag. You can recycle these. (My local food store has a barrel where you can place plastic bags for recycling.)
Step 6: Cut your folded bag into about 1 inch pieces as shown.
Step 7: Cut a bunch of bags with the same method. When you think you have enough, you probably don’t! I went ahead and cut my yellow bag in 1 inch strips also.
Step 8: Overlap one strip slightly over another as shown.
Step 9: Here’s where it gets a little confusing. Follow the pink arrows, putting the piece that is in my hand under where the first arrow points to. Then pull it to the right. Huh? What? It makes more sense if you do it as you look at the picture. I promise!
Step 10: Pull both strips of bag.
Step 11: Pull the strips until you have a nice tight knot, but pull gently so that you don’t rip the plastic.
Step 12: Continue adding plastic strips. I find that holding the knot from the previous joining helps to keep the plastic even.
That’s all there is to it. My SIL made a smaller bag than the one I’m making. She used the plastic bags that you put your vegetables in at the market. She cut the plastic strips thinner and used a smaller hook, and did all single crochets. Hers came out wonderfully also.
Do you have any plans to crochet something with plarn? I’d love to hear about your planned project!