Here is a bag I knitted from the plastic shopping bags.
I was following a pattern and couldn't figure out the last part of the pattern. I asked for help on here, but wasn't able to get any. I didn't want to frog what I had started so I just made up the rest.
The pattern was just a rectangle you folded in half sewed up the sides and then made straps.
I made end pieces which I like better. It's not a very pretty bag, but it is really tough. I did have a few bags that my paper comes in when the weather is bad ao I addeded a bit of color to it.
Very ingenious and creative, good for you!
I saw a pattern for one of these and will definitely knit some. I am just wondering though, are they strong?
This one I made is very strong. I filled it with canned goods and shook it up and down hard and it didn't give a bit. I used 1/2 inch strips of plastic. I smothed the bag and cut the bottom off. I folded the bag lengthwise until it was about an inch wide. I marked it at 1/2 inches then cut through all the folds. I had a bunch of loops of plastic. I put a loop through another loop and back through that loop and then pulled on both ends snugging the knot. I kept doing this w/ all the bags and kept tying them tog.by looping them through each one and rolling it into a ball.
By doing it this way when I knitted it I was using a double strand of 1/2 inch strands. It really does make a strong durable bag. I did it all in garter stitch.
Hope this helps anyone that wants to try it.
I read instructions on cutting the bags in a spiral, making long strips, but you wouldn't have the double strips. Single strips might be ok, but I haven't tried it.
Have to be careful not to let any biodegradable bags into your work.....have been caught before with BD bags literally falling to pieces (usually with some of my yarn stash inside!) :roll: :roll:
That's a helpful thought about biodegradable bags. I didn't know what had happened when I pulled out a supermarket plastic bag from the bagfull I keep in the kitchen (to wrap things I want to put into the freezer etc) and suddenly, a shower, an absolute SHOWER of tiny tiny TINY scraps fell to the floor. My first thought was "Is there a mouse in the house?" Second thought "Don't be so stupid...a mouse wouldn't eat plastic..." Then a friend told me -- "biodegradable". Now THAT is a worrying thought if you've made a shopping bag out of some.... not just dropping groceries all over (and feeling like an idiot) but sounds like the basis for a plot of an Agatha Christie book: The Case Of The Vanishing Bag.
This is a fantastic project! I'm gonna copy your instructions and add this to my plan. Thanks for the idea. The bag looks very nice too!
There is a neat plastic "tote" bag on MorehouseFarm.com website. It uses plastic bags from the grocery store and/or plastic garbage bags. I have knitted a lot of them for friends. They make neat Christmas presents for my lady friends.
My next project is to do a chair seat with knitted plastic bag straps. My chair broke so i thought I would try that for recycling. i will quadruple the straps I think.
A chair seat would be a great idea and easy to do also.
OUr City Mission, who caters to homeless, makes sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags. They are a pretty long length and then a black garbage bag is placed under them for more water proofing and given to the homeless who refuse to come to a shelter.
You did a great job! I like it.