Crochet and Knit Earth Day Tote

Celebrate Earth Day with five eco-friendly crafts all week long! Join Brenda K.B. Anderson and Jen Lucas on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. CT. Just like Rumpelstiltskin could spin straw into gold, you can turn ugly plastic shopping bags into a beautiful and useful tote—without any magic! Plastic bags are cut into strips and linked together to make the plastic yarn used for this project. A pattern is available to crochet and knit this tote. Let’s prevent those old plastic bags from ending up in a landfill and make them into an attractive, durable handbag that can be used again and again! Click here to download the material list and instructions!

Check out the entire mini-series schedule below. All live events will be available for replay. If you make any of the projects from the series, share with us by using the hashtag #ShareCraftsy on social media!

Series Schedule:

Monday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. CT – Mini Sketch Note Holder

Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. CT – Crochet and Knit Earth Day Tote

Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. CT – Denim Curb Cover Quilt

Thursday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. CT – Upcycled Ties Pillow Duo

Friday, April 22nd at 2:00 p.m. CT – Recycled Ceramic Mosaic Pot



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37 Responses to “Crochet and Knit Earth Day Tote”

  1. Reta Jean Hallonquist
    Reta Jean Hallonquist

    One of my aunts made blankets for homeless shelters out of plastic bags.

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  2. Becky
    Becky

    I would like to learn how to knit, especially knit and purl stitches that make different designs in different patterns if at all possible!

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  3. Margaret Prince
    Margaret Prince

    These look like great gifts as bags to take to the grocery store.

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  4. Becky Sparks
    Becky Sparks

    I know how to do some crochet but not a intermediate. However, I have been wanting to learn how to knit and purl and make sweaters and bedspreads like my grandmother used to do until she died, sorry to say!

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  5. Jan Kamplain
    Jan Kamplain

    I previously made homeless mats with plastic bags. I missed the instructions for the Earth Day tote bag. Could you send the instructions to me? Thanks

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  6. Phyllis Erickson
    Phyllis Erickson

    Anyone have the instructions on doing a rug with a modified old toothbrush?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Sheri,

      Please click on the link below, choose the project, enter your email address where prompted, and then click on DOWNLOAD PATTERN at the top of the page:

      https://go.craftsy.com/project-upcycle-live/

      If you have any other questions, please email or call Customer Service.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      Craftsy

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Lynette,

      I am sorry to hear you are having trouble accessing the download. I was able to download the PDF successfully. Please click on the link below, choose the project, enter your email address where prompted, and then click on DOWNLOAD PATTERN at the top of the page:

      https://go.craftsy.com/project-upcycle-live/

      If you have any other questions, please email or call Customer Service.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      Craftsy

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  7. Kathy Hurt
    Kathy Hurt

    I have looked for years for a pattern to use. Bags or bread bags to make a rug would you make have it thank you

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  8. Rose
    Rose

    I watched with the intention to learn the knitting instructions, but now I think I may do the crochet and the knit ones for different uses. I am thinking of a way to also do a small welcome mat for outside the RV.

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  9. Diane DeGooyer
    Diane DeGooyer

    Plarn makes really cute baskets of all sizes. Wouldn’t matter so much if the bags are recyclable.

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  10. Peggy
    Peggy

    The finished bags seem to be “soft”, if you know what I mean, rather than stiff. Is this true?

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  11. Paula
    Paula

    Team crochet:). The small bag done in a circle rather than oval would make a great catch-all or flower pot cover.

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