Plarn Tutorial

Plarn Tutorial
Plarn Tutorial
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So you want to save those pesky plastic bags from the grocery store?  If your spouse or kids look at you like you are crazy, you are in good company!  I kept thinking “Surely I will find something to do with all these bags, besides throw them out or donating them to the daycare!” (They use the bags as diaper pail liners – which is handy.)  Finally, with a little help from Google, and with my passion for crochet, I managed to make my own plarn (plastic-yarn)! 

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: scissors or rotary blade and cutting mat, plastic bags, time


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Grab a plastic bag.  Smooth it out and lay it flat.

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Fold 1/3 of the bag towards the middle.  Fold the opposite 1/3 towards the middle as well.  (Most plastic grocery bags smooth out to reveal they are sectioned in thirds to allow for the handles.  See photo.)


Fold bag in half.

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Trim bottom seam off.  Trim handles off, where bag starts.

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Cut new piece into 1 inch strips, or desired width.  (Hint: I tried trimming narrower ½ inch pieces, but the plarn tends to lose its strength and tears.)

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Take two pieces and loop one end over another end.  Weave bottom loop back through its own opening.

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Grasp and gently pull the two loops in opposite directions.  Pull until you form a nice small knot in the center.

Repeat the process, adding a new piece each time.  (Hint: hold the knot from previous joining in one hand as you pull to keep the strips even.)
After reaching desired length (which may take a while), roll your plarn into a ball for easy storage and use. 

What will you create with your plarn?

*If you are feeling really industrious you can also recycle the end piece and handles as stuffing for other projects or packing material.  I still don’t know what I will do with all my plarn…maybe crochet a produce bag or shopping bag.  I have even seen placemats, coasters, and baskets crocheted and knitted from plarn.  Enjoy your plarn!


About The Author

Tia Davis is a writer, wife and mother, living happily ever after with her handsome prince and two charming boys in Western Idaho. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Creative Writing and works from home as a content manager. When she isn't chasing little boys she is blogging about them at Mistress of Madness & Mayhem.

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