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Jolie Rouge
01-30-2012, 02:43 PM
Plastic Bag Uses
Give those bags a new reason to live

Plastic bags are probably the most ubiquitous freebies on the planet. We all get them "free" when we buy groceries or just about anything else. I probably have a hundred of them stashed in a kitchen cabinet. You can only use so many as trash bags. Let Pat show you many more creative uses for all those free plastic bags.


Plastic bags, the kind you get from the grocery store and the department store and the drug store, have only been around a few years. They have pretty much replaced brown paper bags (which were quite useful, too). Cheerfully colorful and abundant everywhere you go, the plastic bag is a raw resource for modern society - at least for those who are creative enough to see the possibilities in them. Look past the form to the material and past the material to the form and you'll see why they are so useful.

According to Society of Plastics Industry, 80% of consumers recycle plastic bags for "household wastebaskets, shoe totes and laundry or garment bags."

If you're one of the 80%, it's time to expand your horizons! There are lots more ways to use those bags.

And if you're one of the 20% who don't recycle them for personal use, take a look at all the ways to use them before you toss them in the garbage or recycling bin next time!

It started out with a few simple ideas on how to reuse those plastic grocery bags instead of allowing them to fill the closet or, worse, throw them out. The "few simple ideas" grew into several pages worth! http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/tip...plasticbag.htm

From there, it went to ways to store and avoid getting so many of them in the first place. http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/cra...blplastic2.htm

Then The Plastic Bag Lady showed up with her awesome displays of hand crocheted goodies, courtesy of throwaway plastic bags. http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/cra...lpcrochet2.htm

Make braided rag rugs from all those plastic grocery bags!

Cut off the bottoms and tops (handles)
Cut across the bag to make a loop (cutting across the middle)
Take 3 pieces and begin to braid
Add in strips as needed
When you have a nice braid going start at the beginning of the braid and start rolling it into the rug shape.
Use something to sew it into place - thread, fishing line, string, etc..
Make rug as large as you want it
She says - you can use these as door mats, throw rugs, put them in your garden, patio, greenhouse etc...... (they are water safe)

And then... a reader wrote this: "Cut bags into strips and crochet, knit, weave, or needlepoint a door mat for wet days, or a tub or shower mat. I do this and make "shag wipe your feet mats" for outside! I loop plastic through the loosely crocheted rug and it works as well as an expensive boot scrubber to clean shoes!

"Then one day, I warped my loom with acrylic rug yarn and made a couple of woven rugs using the bags. My friends who do a lot more weaving than I do had never thought to try that! I figured them for use on porches and decks, but you could use them anywhere. Then a lady asked me to weave her some grocery bag placemats for her kitchen!"

So use those plastic bags. Make things, carry things, store things, do things, clean things... http://frugalliving.about.com/od/fru...10pbaguses.htm

To get started, here are the top ten best things to do with plastic bags:

Give them away. Well, that makes sense, but who is going to appreciate a gift of a pile of plastic bags!? Actually, some people/places do! You can probably think of more with this jump start:

Crochet wreaths. Or rugs. Or angels. Or... use your imagination and plastic bags to make your own creations!

They're perfect for outdoor decorations for Halloween (or Christmas or Easter - use your imagination). They're waterproof and colorful.

Picker uppers for nasty stuff.

Keep a few (or more!) in your car for a multitude of uses. Use them to contain trash, the kids' books and crayons, snacks and other daily and road trip needs.

Carry food. As in food packed for a picnic or a potluck. (Put your container inside!) Roll a plastic bag into a small ball, or fold it over and over and put it in your pocket. When you need it, it expands to a full grocery bag sized container! Amazing magic! Seriously, use it to carry vegetables from the garden or wild foods. One reader said she never goes to the garden without a plastic bag or two in her pocket.

Stuffers. You know, for pillows and balloon types of curtains. For boxes of things when you want to mail them, too. And for decorative needlework figures and shapes.

They are waterproof containers. Use them to keep water in or to keep water out. Examples: Keep water in by carrying wet bathing suits in a plastic bag. Keep water out by keeping matches and paper products in a plastic bag when camping.

Use plastic bags to help get organized. Store things in them, make up "travel kits" for the kids, make your own daily travel kit to get through each morning more frugally.

Once you get started, you'll never look at a plain plastic bag the same. I don't know whether to call that a warning or a promise. Just don't go shopping for the purpose of accumulating more!

Jolie Rouge
01-30-2012, 02:46 PM
Round Plastic Bag Tote
Instructions for cutting the bags and making a ball of "yarn" click HERE http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/bag%20cutting%20instructions.html


Materials Needed: 45-50 Blue bags, 15 white bags, M hook


With M hook and Blue yarn

ch 3

join with a sl st to form a ring

Round 1 - ch 2, work 9 hdc in ring just formed, join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (10)

Round 2 - ch 2, hdc in same st, work 2 dcs in each st around, join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (20)

Round 3 - ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) repeat around join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (30)

Round 4 - ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) repeat around join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (40)

Round 5 - ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts) repeat around join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (50)

Round 6 - ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts) repeat around join with a sl st to top of ch 2 (60)

Round 7-13 - ch 2, hdc in of each st around, join with a sl st to top of ch 2, at the end of round 13 drop blue and pick up white (60)

Round 14-16 - ch 2, hdc in of each st around, join with a sl st to top of ch 2, at the end of round 16 drop white and pick up blue (60)

Round 17-20 - ch 2, hdc in of each st around, join with a sl st to top of ch 2, (60)

Round 21- ch 2, hdc in next 19 sts, ch 12 (this will be the handle), skip next 10 sts, hdc in next 20 sts, sk next 10 sts, ch 12, join with a sl st to top of ch 2

Round 22- ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next 19 sts, work 20 scs around the ch 12 (handle) on previous round, sc in next 20 sts, work 20 scs around ch 12 on previous round. join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Fasten off.


02-01-2012, 03:10 PM
thats so cool but im not the type to be able to do things like that i use them to take my lunch in