Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crocheted Eco-Friendly Plastic Bag Cuff Bracelet

Have I ever said that I am hooked on crocheting? Well, I was reading a crocheting book this one and read a pattern for a purselet made out of plastic bags! I made it and love it! But I loved crocheting with plastic so I made this pattern for a bracelet cuff. I love how it turned out! Also, it will probably cost you no money at all!

For this project you will need:
10.00 mm crochet hook
4 plastic bags in contrasting colours (different sizes are okay)
yarn needle
button with shank on the back
needle small enough to fit through the button
thread (any colour will do)

1. Flatten the bags and lay them on top of each other with the bottoms of the bags lined up.
2. Fold the bags in half and make sure the bottoms are lined up.
3. Cut off about an inch from the bottoms of the bags and unfold them again.

4. Straighten the bags out again and fold them in half.

5. Now cut the bags into about one inch strips. Stop when you come to the handles. Notice how the bag says: energy, earth, and water? I thought that was funny because we are doing a eco-friendly project here!

6. Start unfolding the strips. Now we are going to put our "yarn" together. Figure out which colors are going to go next to which colors. You may get a few ripped loops so throw those out or save them.

7.  To start the yarn take two loops and put one inside the other the pictures will help explain the process and I will explain it better by saying the colours of the loops.

8. Bring up the yellow loop and thread it through itself.

9. Pull. Not to tightly, it will rip!

10. Keep repeating this process until you have used all the loops. Treat the loops as one piece of yarn and keep the two piece of the loops together as you crochet.

11. Roll them into a ball.
12. Make a slipknot and chain 14 or enough to just fit around your wrist.

13. Row 1: Skip the first chain and single crochet in the all the next stitches.

Row 2: Chain 1 and single crochet in all the stitches.

Row 3: Chain 1 and single crochet in all the stitches.

Row 4: Chain 1 and single crochet in all the stitches.
Row 5: Chain 1 and single crochet in all the stitches. It's okay if the crocheted piece curls up a bit.

14. End off and weave in yarn ends with the yarn needle.

15. Thread the other needle with 24 inches of thread and double it. Put the thread through the button and tie a knot near the end of the thread.

16. Put the needle through one end of the bracelet near the middle, up the other side, and through the button again. Repeat this until it is very securely attacted. Tie a knot at the back of the cuff.

17. Then snip off one of the loops of yarn, snip it open, and tie it back up to make it smaller.

18. Put it through the other side opposite the button and do the same thing as you did making the yarn, thread it through itself. You may need to make the loop smaller.

19. Put it on by putting the loop around the button.

20. Enjoy your eco-friendly cuff bracelet!
This pattern is Copyright 2010 My Passions for Fashions



Molytail said...

I was with ya right up until the actual crocheting part. :-P

{I tried to learn once ~ it didn't exactly work out.}

This is really neat! I wonder if you could do the same sort of thing with 'leftover' bits of material? [t-shirts that you outgrew, socks missing their partners, etc]

Ponytails said...

Yes! You could make "yarn" out of t-shirts.
Here's a link on how to make it: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2009/06/05/making-t-yarn-from-recycled-tee-shirts/

Molytail said...

Well look at that. Cool! That's awesome. The more things that can be recycled, the less things that end up in landfills and whatnot.

Thanks for the link! :-)

Sami said...

Love it!! I think I might make one!


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