Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Make Your Own Plarn: Plastic Yarn from Shopping Bags and 6 Crochet Projects


Plarn is made from Plastic Shopping Baags
Hi, You Crafty People, welcome to our little blog. Come with me. 

I want to share something with you. 

Have you ever heard of Plarn? The first time I heard about it was a few weeks ago and I would like to now share my new found knowledge with you. 

Plarn is short for plastic yarn. You don't have to buy it. You need to make it.


Now let's take a look and imagine the possibilities with this cute project.


Making Plarn

Cutting The Plastic Bags

This part of the tutorial will show you the first step in converting ordinary plastic bags into plarn. What a weird word.



Tie the Strips Together


The result is short plastic loops that are joined together into one long continuous strip for crocheting, knitting, or weaving.

Plarn Projects

A small bowl from plarn Water Bottle Bag Made From Plarn Sandals made from Plarn Hat made from plarnPurse made from Plarn Mat made from plarn.



Are you thinking about making some plarn? Is your mind spinning with the possibilities?



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Well, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day.

37 comments:

  1. As long as I have crocheted I have never heard of it, I do not do much crocheting any more so I doubt that i would make it, but it is nice to pass on to someone else who does. Thanks!
    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

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    1. Well thanks for stopping by Margaret. I have gone long periods of time without crocheting but I always come back to it. I think I may make a produce bag.

      Bye for now, Darlene

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  2. Oh, wow! What a great idea! I especially like the idea of a rug. Our utility room needs a VERY sturdy one! Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Hi Marci, thanks for stopping by with a comment and thank you for hosting the The Great Blog Train.

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    1. Thanks Angelique for hosting with the other lovely ladies.

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  4. Oh my goodness I would have never thought to do anything like that! Some people are just so clever! =)

    Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  5. I wrote about making plarn too! I love it :)

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    1. LOL. What do they say about great minds?

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  6. Hey there! Here from the Blog Hop! Just wanted to let you know I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin'! Hope you'll get a chance to visit me :o) You can find me here:

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    http://www.croppedstories.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Elena,
      Thanks for stopping by. So happy you are following. I did check out your blog - it's fantastic and I am now following.

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  7. Thank you for joining us at our Let's Get Social Sunday party ! Hope to see you this Sunday again :-)

    Linda
    With A Blast

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  8. What a super idea, wonderfully recycled!
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party :)
    I look forward to seeing what you share this week.
    x
    NatalieMarigolds' Loft

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    1. Hi Natalie, thanks for hosting for the party. I will definitely link up again when I have something to share.

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  9. Hey there! Thanks so much for visiting our blog and linking up such an awesome project! Have a great week!

    Susie@Bowdaba
    http://bowdabrablog.com

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    1. Hi Susie, thanks for hosting and I glad you like the post.

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  10. At first I thought you'd made a spelling mistake :-) I've seen things made out of plastic bags, but I didn't realize it was so easy to turn it into 'plarn'. What a great way to use something that isn't easily recycled since sometimes you just have to get a plastic bag. Great post!

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    1. Hi, I know it is such a weird word. But I guess it makes sense -PLastic yARN. It's actually a pretty cool concept isn't it. It's an inexpensive and durable material to make all kinds of wonderful projects.

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  11. I've never heard of plarn either, but it looks very interesting. Visiting from DWP blog party.

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    1. We learn something new every day don't we.

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  12. Hello again! Here from DWP, lol. I had no idea what plarn was. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Hi Darlene:
    Stopping by from the DWP Blog party to show love and support to you. I used to crochet a long time ago and even then, I've never heard of a plarn before, much less how to make it. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Hi Yvonne, thank you sooo much for stopping by. I will definitely return the favour.

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  15. I had no idea what Plarn was! Thanks for educating me :) My oldest son (who loves all things craft) would get a kick out of this and we could use all those plastic bags that stack up! Thank you so much for your participation in the DWP Bloggers Party! I truly appreciate your support!!!

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    1. Hi Michele I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment - it really makes my day to have such wonderful feed back.

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  16. Yay! I just saw this, and told myself that I have to do it. I had no idea that you can make this stuff from plastic bags. I just showed my mom this, and we are going to try this out for sure.

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  17. Hi Kalley, glad to see you inspired. You will definitely use up all your plastic bags plus more.

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  18. Now that is something that anyone can afford to make. All those lovely creations from a plastic shopping bag. I don't want stores to stop using plastic bags, I always find a way to recycle them, but this takes the cake.

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  19. plarn is great for so many crochet or knit projects and best of all - free!! with my super tight budget this year, I will be plarning for sure :) Thanks for including the projects!

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  20. Wow. This is way cool! I have so many plastic bags as I'm sure everyone does. Thanks for the tutorial and the ideas . . my wheels are spinning :)

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  21. This is such a great upcycle item! Everyone has those plastic bags and imagine the possibilities with creating plastic yarn! Now, if only I could crochet or knit!

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  22. This looks like a great idea, Darlene! Your tutorial is so clear, too.

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  23. How unique! I love to crochet but I never thought about using plastic bags to make yarn.

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