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April 17, 2017

Recycle Those ShopRite Plastic Bags with Two Easy Crochet DIYs!

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Don’t just throw those plastic grocery bags in the trash! Check out how our ShopRite customer Brenda recycles her grocery bags into drink cozies and stronger, reusable shopping bags!

Read on for full instructions on how to make Brenda’s fun crochet cozies and bags for yourself!

Crocheting not your thing? No problem! Recycle your used grocery bags at your local ShopRite store! For more info on how ShopRite is active in environmental efforts across the region, check out our page on sustainability here: http://www.shoprite.com/sustainability/

Crochet Plastic Bag Cozy

Finished Size: 3″ in diameter, 4″ tall (add 1-2 more rows to achieve desired height)

Materials:

  • Approximately 13-15 plastic bags made into Plarn (plastic yarn)
  • Crochet hook “I”
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge: Round 1 – 4 in pattern is a circle that measures 3″ in diameter

Crochet Pattern:

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc

Note: your circle should be 3” in diameter. After round 7 or 8, the bottom of your can should fit tightly into the cozy.
Round 5–16: sc in each sc around: 30 sc

Slip stitch in last stitch and finish off. Using a yarn needle weave end into stitches


Crochet Plastic Bag Tote

Materials:

  • Crochet hook “N” 9.00mm – Aluminum hooks slid better on the plastic bag yarn (Plarn)
  • Yarn Needle with dull end, as long as the eye is large enough to accommodate the Plarn.
  • Approximately 120 Bags

To Create Plarn, Cut each bag into 6 strips (2”-2 1/2” wide) discard tops and bottoms on bag. (see instructions for making Plarn)

Instructions:

Front and Back Panels
Row 1: ch 32, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across – (30 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: *sc in first sc and each sc across (30 sc) Ch 1, turn.*
Row 3 – 28: rep * * and fasten off.

Note: Leave loose ends, to be used to assemble bag.

Sides/base:

Row 1: ch 16, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across – (14 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: *sc in first and each sc across (16 sc) Ch 1, turn.*
Row 3 – 91: rep * *

Do Not fasten off until you are done sewing Front panel to side panel,  just in case you need to take a row out or add a row. Plastic yarn stretches and I’ve found that sometime I need to add a row or remove a row to get it to fit

Handles (make 2)

You can make your handles as wide or as long as you want by adding chains and rows.
Row 1: ch 42, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across – (40 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2-3: sc in first sc and each sc across (40 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: sc in first sc and each sc across (40 sc) Fasten off.

Finishing:

Match up the beginning row of the side/base piece with the front side panel. Join with an invisible seam by placing edge to edge and whip stitching together using the yarn needle.

Join the handles using the same method with the yarn needle; weave them into the fabric to hide