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Shopping Bag

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This bag was a special order from a lady in CA. I did not have a pattern and made it up as I went. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Patience, plastic is not easy to crochet with.

What you will need

  • Plastic grocery bags from our local grocery store.

Q&A with tbohnet

MoonlitCircus asked:
I find it's easiest to crochet plastic with an aluminum hook - it glides easier. Also, you can take a (used) drier sheet (fabric softener sheet) and rub your hook with it for more lubrication. Great job on the bag, it's beautiful!!!
tbohnet answered:
Aww, thank you so much for your tips and comments. I do use an aluminum hook, just never thought to put anything on it.
Kaismine asked:
I love this project! I love the fact that you recycled the plastic grocery sacks. Do you have the pattern for sale? I would love to make myself one. Thanks for posting!
tbohnet answered:
Oh Kaismine, thank you so much. I am so sorry, I did not use a pattern. I made this one up as I went. I just crocheted the front and back squares, then the sides to measure the same height as front and back and guessed as to the width of what I wanted. Then I crocheted the bottome to match. I did lay out out brown paper shopping bag to use as a pattern. I could visualize what I wanted and the brown bag helped me achieve what I wanted. I then crocheted it together with a backwards single crochet. I am willing to help you in any way I can.
cynthia3 asked:
How does one come up with enough bags of the same color to attempt a project such as this? My plastic grocery bags are always white. Do you somehow color them yourself?
tbohnet answered:
No I don't color them .My bags come from Smith's Grocery and Walmart. Ask family and friends to save for you, go to your local recyling center, (wash before using)

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