My latest addiction today is to crochet with Plarn. Do you know what that is? I am talking about plastic bag yarn. Don’t worry if you don’t because today I am going to show you how to make plarn from grocery bags or plastic bags at home in just a few minutes. You know how we love to play with junk and I am always looking for ways to use up the things in my home. I have been crocheting with plastic for years but never really made my own. Yesterday, my husband brought home some really pretty grocery bags that made me pick up my scissors and cut them up. In less than half an hour, I had even crocheted the bag away. Plarn is available at most crafts stores too. My mother had taught us to use these to decorate our sock baskets when we were young. I had a few balls from my childhood that I had used to make this little basket with the scraps a few years ago. It is fun but it is addictive! I must warn you. I have found that even my toddler loves playing with it. Of course, I had to come up with creative ways to make sure that these were safe for a two year old. My 7 year old was intrigued that mom actually makes yarn from anything! Here is what you need and how to go about it.
How To Make Plarn from Grocery Bags
What you need:
- Plastic bags/ grocery bags.
We are cutting the bag into strips that we will knot together to make yarn. You cannot use plarn like other yarns because it will be too thin and tear when handled. It has to be double thickness for it to stand the test of being pulled and handled with a hook too. Also I have noticed that single layer will not stand the test of time. Here are the steps with additional pictures below:
- Lay the plastic bag flat and in shape
- Fold it in half (as shown in the picture below).
- Fold it again.
- Cut off the handles on the bag and the sewn end at the bottom.
- Cut strips 1 to 1 and half inch wide.
- Open two strips and lay them as shown in picture.
- Pull the second strip (at the arrow mark in picture) and pull tightly but gently till it is all out.
- Continue with the remaining strips.
- Pull the knots a little more tightly and scrunch the yarn from beginning to end.
Isn’t it really easy how to make plarn from grocery bags? I like to leave the yarn in a basket or on the floor while I work and not bundle it up into a ball. Remember, don’t tease the yarn too much as this yarn crumples. Don’t hook it up and then pull it off to do it again. It may tear. Here is how much I made with one bag. I am not sure what I am making but do come back to see what I made.
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Have you made or worked with plarn before? Tell me your experience in the comments or hop on over to my Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!