Recycled plastic bag rug

March 4, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Posted in recycling | 12 Comments

Another project of mine has been to make some items from plastic bags to be used till they are really used up, then they can go into a recycling bin. I thought I would try a rug first. Here are photos showing the progress. This was after a few trials and errors so I am showing what I found to be the most easy method.First, collect all the bags of the color that you want your rug to be. I got these from neighbors who could not re-use all the bags they collect. Sigh. Lay the bags flat and remove the handles and bottom. Place the clippings into another bag or container so that they can be used for fringe, or pillow stuffing.Then cut them into strips. You can do this with a rotary cutter also, and do several bags at once, a real time saver!bag-for-blog.jpgThen, interlace the strips to create one long strand. bag-for-blog-2.jpgWhen you have cut up all your bags, then roll them into a ball and you are ready to crochet.bag-for-blog-3.jpg

For those of you who have made rugs, feel free to use whatever pattern works best for you. I have not made a rug before so I went with a basic rectangle using a large sized hook and a double crochet. Since the stripes are essentially doubled, this rug will have lots of spring. It works up super quick too! These rugs are washable, then you air dry them. Perfect!bag-for-blog-5.jpg

I hope you all feel inspired to go out and recycle something today!



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  1. yay! I have not heard anything about the rug lately…it’s looking wonderful!!!


  2. We are very lucky in our area, our Sav-a-center has mint green bags. I have not made one with these yet but I have made others with the run of the mill beige. I have even gotten lucky once, our Dollar Tree has red bags. Now this is making me want to go shopping just for the bags. Dry cleaners extra long bags are really great too.
    Your rug looks great!

  3. WOW!! You are so talented. I would never have thought of anything like that. I give you a hug and a big gold star!!!

  4. Very cool!

  5. That is pretty pretty!

  6. You inspire me to do better!!!

  7. It’s very interesting! Thanks that we have learned something from you.. We hope this will inspire our recyclers.. Hope to see more designs on plastic bag recyling.
    Godbless you!

  8. I had the coolest one of these it was round and different colors you would never know what it was until I told people…I spilled and entire pan of hot wax on it…could have cried…it shriveled up!!

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  10. This is interesting,please post more often! I love your writing style and articles about it

  11. Hello nice blog im from Bradford i found this on yahoo I seen it on the top ten searches i found this blog very interesting good luck with it i will return to this blog soon

  12. If you are looking for a way to make any room in your home more attractive, then you may want to invest in some oval rugs. You can use an oval rug in the living room, dining room, bedroom or outside, even if you get the type of carpet.

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