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Making Plarn

By: Rhelena from crochetncrafts.com
Making Plarn
Making Plarn
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Plarn, or plastic yarn, is yarn made from plastic bags. Making plarn is a great way to recycle and reuse. With plarn, you can crochet plastic bags into mostly anything you can make with regular yarn. Most people have more plastic bags under their sink then they know what to do with. By learning how to make plarn, you can turn all of your unwanted plastic bags into useful, colorful yarn for various projects. It takes only minutes to turn a plastic bag into "yarn" so you can start crafting right away. The options are endless.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts

Beginner

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Good instructions. I have done this before and made shopping bags and mats for the homeless. However the plastic irritates my hands so I don't do it anymore. It really does not take a lot to make something. The best to everyone who can work with the plastic.

Love Love Love - Saw the idea of making plarn in a book and was not sure how to make a continuous piece. Thank you for the pictures as I am one of those people that need to see how to make it happen. I always recycle my plastic bags but now I can make a reusable shopping bag from plarn and recycle at the same time.

I recently began a project similar to this where you take flat sheets bought at the resale shops. This looks like a much easier task however, it took me days to cut up enough material to make my project. This looks like time wise it would be shorter and much easier to complete. Any ideas on what projects to make?

Wow, what a practical use for bags! I have seen wreaths made of plastic bags, but never knew about plarn! It is a great way to use up old bags, but if you need specific colors and don't want to spend a lot, the dollar tree type stores have plastic bags in various colors. They are thin, but I have seen green diaper disposal bags, and pink and blue tall kitchen trash bags. Another source I have seen is sometimes newspapers or mailers come in thin plastic bags, I have had orange and red ones before! So if you do want specific colors, there are some options! Otherwise ask neighbors and friends to save specific colored bags for you! Fun and practical projects!

I never would have guessed that you could crochet with plastic bags--this is awesome!

Have seen patterns using 'plarn' and thanks to these directions I now know how to get the plastic bags ready to use.I only wish I could find prettier colours of plastic bag

Cool! I have so many plastic bags under my sink and this is an awesome way to get rid of them while making something useful.

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