What is plarn, you might ask. Plarn is simply plastic yarn. You can make it by cutting used plastic shopping bags into strips.

What can you make with plarn? Just about anything you could with regular yarn - hats, placemats, purses, rugs... (I don't think plarn sweaters will be catching on anytime soon, though.) You can weave it, crochet it, or even knit it. Although it is a little tricky to knit without stretching the plastic. And it's washable.

The idea of making something completely from upcycled materials is extremely exciting to me. Plarn seemed like a versatile material perfect for making a bag. Yes, a bag, made from used bags that were made from recycled bags. Does it get any more environmentally friendly than that?

Again, this was a trial and error process. I tried different widths of plarn and both knitting and crocheting. A few of the attempts did not work well and will be getting recycled.

But finally, with 3/4 inch plarn and a size G crochet hook I was able to create an adorable bag. It's made of about 20 used plastic grocery bags. It measures 8 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches wide with a 32 inch strap. It can be closed with a loop that goes over a plarn button. I even used plarn to sew the strap and button onto the bag.

Believe it or not, at first glance you would never even guess that this was made from plastic bags. It almost looks like it is made of a natural material like straw or grass.

This is a super easy and inexpensive material to work with. Most retailers will let you take as many used plastic bags from their recycle drop off as you need. So, I'm looking forward to many more projects with plarn!

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The Chilly Dog: Plarn
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