How to Crochet Reusable Grocery Bags From Recycled Plastic

How to Crochet Reusable Grocery Bags From Recycled Plastic

How to Crochet Reusable Grocery Bags From Recycled Plastic

I’m passionate about reducing waste and finding creative ways to reuse materials. Crocheting reusable grocery bags from recycled plastic bags is a fun project that helps the environment. Here’s my guide on how to crochet reusable grocery bags from recycled plastic.

Gathering Materials

The first step is gathering the required materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plastic grocery bags – Collect plastic grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, etc. Opt for thin, lightweight bags without Too many graphics or writing.

  • Crochet hook – A size K or L crochet hook works best. The hook needs to be small enough to go through the plastic bag loops.

  • Scissors – You’ll need scissors to cut the plastic bags into loops or strips.

  • Ruler or tape measure – Useful for measuring strips and bag dimensions.

  • Yarn needle – Helps sew bag pieces together. Can substitute a large plastic needle.

Try to use recycled materials whenever possible. Check thrift stores for used crochet hooks and needles.

Preparing the Plastic Bags

Before crocheting, the plastic bags need to be cut into pieces:

  • For a looped look, cut the entire bag into rings. Open the bag and cut in a spiral to create one continuous loop.

  • For a striped pattern, cut the bags into strips about 3/4-inch wide.

Fold the strips in half lengthwise and cut into loops.

  • For tabs, cut rectangular pieces from the bags about 1-inch wide by 3 to 4-inches long.

Gather the plastic pieces into small piles sorted by color to create patterns while crocheting.

Crocheting the Bags

Now it’s time to crochet the reusable grocery bags!

Crocheting the bag base

  1. Make a slip knot and chain stitches for the base length. 27-30 chains makes a good sized bag base.

  2. In back loops only, single crochet across the chain. Join rounds with a slip stitch to the first single crochet.

  3. Continue making rounds of back loop only single crochet until the base is the desired width. 7-10 rows works for a roomy bag.

Adding the bag body

  1. Continue crocheting rounds but switch to working through both loops. This creates a flexible fabric for the bag sides.

  2. To change colors or materials, finish the row before joining new loops/strips. Overlap the new material a bit to secure.

  3. Crochet rounds until the bag is large enough for the intended contents. 10-12 inch diameter is ideal for reusable grocery bags.

Creating the handles

  1. To make looped handles, chain the desired handle length then slip stitch into the bag body to form loops. Repeat for second handle on the opposite side.

  2. For strap handles, crochet strap pieces then attach them using single crochet stitches. Add reinforcement stitches for durability.

  3. For tab handles, attach tab pieces with single crochet stitches placed closely together for strength.

Finishing the Bags

The final steps complete the reusable grocery bags:

  • Weave in all loose ends to secure. Consider hand-sewing for added strength.

  • Line the bags with reused fabric scraps for stability and decoration. Secure the lining by stitching around the top.

  • Add length to short handles by looping cords or ribbons through the loops.

  • Get creative with embellishments like pompoms, buttons, embroidery or appliques.

With a little practice, you can churn out beautiful patchwork crochet bags using recycled materials headed for the landfill. Make them in different colors and sizes for all your shopping needs.

I hope these tips help you crochet fantastic reusable grocery bags to reduce plastic waste. Show off your eco-friendly creations proudly on your next shopping trip! Let me know if you have any other plastic bag craft ideas. Happy crocheting!