In honor of Green Week

April 23, 2008 at 6:21 pm (Community, Crochet)

Since there’s been a heavy focus on environmentally friendliness, with Earth Day being yesterday, I thought I’d share some nice environmentally-friendly chrochet ideas.

Market Bags.

These are a fairly popular crochet project, with many different variations.  You can make them whatever size you need, and decorate them to suit your tastes.  You can make them out of any type of yarn or fabric.  You can make as many as you want, and then bring them to the store with you to hold your groceries/shopping items, and avoid getting the plastic grocery bags.  Crochet Pattern Central has several market bag patterns(simply search the word “market”) available, but it’s very easy to create your own pattern.  You can stitch together several squares, you can make a tube, you can make one long rectangle and sew up the sides, the possibilities are endless.


Plastic Bag Crochet.

Suppose you haven’t created some market bags, and so you come home with tons of plastic grocery bags.  Nothing to do but throw them out, right?  Well, if you’re the crafty type, you can turn those bags into anything from a purse to a pair of sandals!  Sometimes referred to as “plarn” (plastic yarn), plastic bags can be cut into strips, twisted, and tied together to make a unique “yarn” of sorts that is almost as versatile as normal yarn.  Click here for a tutorial on how to make plarn.  You can also use the tape from old VHS cassettes for a similar-thickness yarn, or the tape from old audio cassettes for a thinner yarn.  Some examples of plarn projects are a rug, a bag, coasters, and a pair of sandals.


Some Eco-Friendly Crafting Sites.

What’s Cluttering My Couch

21st Century Girl: 10 Eco Friendly Knit and Crochet Projects

How to Choose Environmentally Friendly Yarn

1 Comment

  1. Rick Hancock said,

    You’ve done a very good job all year “hooking” your blog with current events or themed posts. I felt like you were telling me a story all semester. Very good job.

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