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Plarn (Plastic Yarn) Handbags

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PLARN Crocheted Bags

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Category Crocheting
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Used plastic shopping bags

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What are you most proud of? After making the PLARN into workable "yarn", I made up my own pattern for two handbag styles as shown in the photo. I'm currently finishing a large bag that will store our drinking water hose that we use when camping. My husband usually curls the hose up and stuffs it into our camper's storage area. It falls on the ground and gets full of grass or gravel. A bag made of PLARN seemed to be the perfect solution!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time cutting the strips to one inch wide. Looping them can get tedious, but stick with it! Small knots joining loops are easier to crochet into the project.

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I'm proud of you for sticking with it! Having used plarn a few times now, I've taken to topping up the balls of plarn as and when I get more bags. That way I've always got a stash to work with.

03/19/2013 Flag

What's even more fun is that I showed my mom how to make bags. She just hands them to people she meets in the stores. My sister just recently encouraged her to sell the bags. It's giving her more fulfillment when she gets paid. This is someone who has had extreme physical disability for some time. I'm really inspired by her. Thank you for your comment!

03/22/2013 Flag

That's great that you got your Mom into working with plarn. I love working with it, you can make all kinds of stuff and use all different stitches. Plus we're helping the environment.

05/31/2013 Flag