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How to Make Plarn – Plastic Yarn Tutorial

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Make your own Plarn! What exactly is plarn? It is plastic yarn made from grocery bags. Crocheting and knitting with plarn is a fun and eco-friendly way to reduce environmental waste and make durable totes and baskets for free. Using plarn as an alternative to yarn in any crochet pattern or knitting pattern will be sure to create a heavy duty masterpiece.



1. Flatten out clean grocery bags onto a flat surface. Fold bag in half; lining up handles.

2. Cut off the handles and the bottom of the bag, making sure to hold bag flat and tight for even cuts.

3. Take the remainder of bag and fold it over again in the same direction.

4. Keep folding over until the width is about 2 inches.

5. Cut the folded piece into one inch strips, discarded the last section which will mostly likely be too small. This creates loops which will be connected together.

6.Take two loops and bring one loop through the other, pulling the ends tight.

7. Repeat with remaining loops. Repeat as needed.

Once you have all your loops connected, you could roll the plarn into a ball, or use a paper towel roll to wrap the plarn to reduce the chance of knotting.

Follow any favorite crochet or knitting pattern and enjoy your new eco-friendly product!

NOTE: When choosing bags for your plarn, consider color and texture. Keeping your plarn consistent to achieve a good overall effect. When considering color, think about combining different color plastic bags to create a pattern of color, random color changes, or even create a look that doesn’t reflect plastic at all. For example, brown plastic bags can look like raffia and not at all like the original material when crocheted.

Also, while the pattern calls for a certain size crochet hook and a specific number of rows to stitch, there may be variation in your project due to the tightness of your stitches or the density of your plarn. Don’t feel like you have to follow the pattern to the letter. I would also recommend looser stitching. You will become easily frustrated with tight stitching. The number of rows in your project can differ from the pattern and it may be easier to use a larger crochet hook than recommended.

Overall, enjoy! This is a project an older child could also enjoy. Make baskets, totes, braided rugs, and so much more.


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12 thoughts on “How to Make Plarn – Plastic Yarn Tutorial”

  1. i heard of a group of ladies who use plastic bags to crochet mats for the homeless so they wont have to sleep on the bare ground. i thought that was an awesome thing to do.

  2. i’m so sorry i have been disposing of these. i must try this. i learned to do a one stitch weave several years ago that would be great for this project.

  3. does the plarn disintergrate over time? i store my grocery bags but find after a few months they just crumble when handled.

  4. Here are some free Plarn Patterns:

    Floppy Plarn Hat – You can go to Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern | My Recycled and get a free plarn crochet pattern for a very colorful and stylish hat that is perfect for gardening.

    Jumbo Plarn Beach Bag – This is a wonderful plarn crochet pattern for making a 16 inch wide by 20 inch high beach bag that is strong and pretty, available at Jumbo Plarn Beach Bag | My Recycled

    Recycled Baby Bib – A really pretty free crochet plarn pattern for making a baby bib that has to be much easier to clean than the more common cloth bibs, available at Recycled Baby Bib | My Recycled

    Toy Plarn Ball – A toy plarn ball is very soft and suitable for children to use indoors, and this one measures about 5 inches in diameter. This free plarn crochet pattern can be had at Crochet a Toy Plarn Ball | My Recycled

    Plarn Purse – This plarn pattern makes a lovely purse that measures 10 inches long by 5 1/4 inches high, made from about 20 plastic bags. This can be found at Crochet Spot » Blog Archive » Crochet Plastic Bags: Plarn Purse – Crochet Patterns, Tutorials and News


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