Thursday, January 19, 2012

Plastic Grocery Bag Bags?!?

I have discovered PLARN!!!!

plarn [plahrn]
  1. plastic yarn
  2. thread made of plastic shopping bags and used for knitting and weaving.
  3. a continuous strand or thread made from plastic shopping bags
 I cannot remember where I first discovered my new obsession. But somewhere I saw something made out of plastic bags. Now my daughter-in-law really REALLY dislikes all of the plastic going to landfills. She thinks they should be outlawed. I agree that we, as a nation, send too many things to landfills. My mantra is "Never throw anything away."

Because of my daughter-in-law's thoughts, I decided to make her a plarn bag for Christmas. She liked it so much, she encouraged me to make more bags.

I looked at several videos and websites for making plarn. Some cut the bag into loops and tie them together. I tried this, but didn't like all of the knots. I prefer the continuous loop method.

I also looked at several patterns. This is the one I finally decided to try: Messenger Bag Crafted from Plastic Bags. Here are the first bags that I made.

Later I found a plarn pattern for a Plastic Fat Bottom Bag and so I made these

The bags take at least 10 hours to make and about 50 bags each. It has been fun, but they will be very expensive to buy.

Feathered Nest
Inspiration Friday
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Shine on Fridays
Tickled Pink Friday



  1. hiya melanie , i am seriously impressed with these bags and your patience too thanks for sharing and i might give it a go but maybe a purse first
    happy plarn knitting

  2. I love the fat bottom bag pattern. I agree that is does take a while to get all the yarn ready to work with, but the results are wonderful.

  3. These are so cute! You did a great job! thank you for joining Thrifty Things Friday! Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow, you're kidding! Those are made from plastic bags?! I'm so ridiculously impressed right now. Wowsers. Thanks a million for sharing this coolness at shine on fridays!!