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target bag project
Sunday August 07th, 2005 06:38 PM
i was thinking i would do something about the ever-growing collection of plastic bags that have amassed in our kitchen. why not make something sturdy and re-usable?

the bag: before

we had loads and loads of target bags, so i thought i'd cut them up into strips (making a sort of plastic "yarn") and crochet them together into a sack i can use at the grocery store. and holy MOLY, did i cut up a lot of bags. i really should've kept count of how many i used. i cut the strips approx 3.5-4" wide.

after carefully knotting the strips together (the plastic tends to stretch quite a bit), i pulled out my size P crochet hook and started with a joined-round circle of (US) double crochet. i kept making rounds until i hit 48 stitches, then kept working up the sides with 48.

the NEW bag

once i completed the last round, i started the strap with 4 dc and worked until it was about 30" long, then connected it to the other side of the bag.

detail

the measurements:
~36" circumference at top
~12" deep

like i said, the plastic is a little stretchy, so i'm interested to see how much "give" it has. i won't be carrying anything terribly heavy with it, just in case. fruit? yes. a couple bags of lettuce? sure. a gallon of milk? no way!

in any case, it's better than letting these bags end up in a landfill, right? plus i got some good crafting time in.

comment by go-fish
Sunday August 07th, 2005 08:32 PM
I have long wanted to do this project, but have not because of all the bag cutting.
 
comment by HelloDollish
Sunday August 07th, 2005 08:46 PM
wow... thats the most creative thing i've seen in awhile.
how long did that take to do?
 
comment by flyingfish
Sunday August 07th, 2005 09:43 PM
i love a recycled bag bag. bag bag? yup, looks good lady!
 
comment by joyce
Sunday August 07th, 2005 09:58 PM
very very creative!!
 
comment by gingerandlulu
Monday August 08th, 2005 12:34 AM
that is very cool. i like the style.

my sister sarabell has been making "bag bags" too, for years. she is a supreme recycling crafter. you should check out her pix of some of her bags...

i wish i could crochet!

another monkey fan...
 
comment by grlwndr
Monday August 08th, 2005 01:45 AM
what a great idea!
 
comment by girlsavage
Monday August 08th, 2005 08:12 AM
very cute! I like that shape and the red and white from using target bags is really cool!!
 
comment by kissmyknitz
Monday August 08th, 2005 03:16 PM
I made one of these too! The trick to make the bag cutting easier is to cinnamon roll cut! But the yarn making is definitly more time consuming than the cocheting....
 
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