Plarn Crocheted Plastic Bags

Do you know what PLARN is? If you say no, you are in good company. Up until 4 days ago, I had never heard the word plarn. But one night I was working late and got a little sidetracked looking for ideas on how to do a crocheted rag rug and discovered some crocheted plastic bags made out of Plarn. Well, if you have been around me long enough, you know that I can’t resist the challenge of learning something new. Here is my experiment with plarn crocheted plastic bags.

Plarn Crocheted Plastic Bags

Plarn is simply yarn made out of plastic. You lay the plastic grocery bags flat, fold them in half and then in half again. Then you cut them in 1″ strips. That gives you large loops of plastic. You simply knot them together by slipping the ends through each other which gives you long strands of plarn. I wound it up into a plarn ball and I was ready to start crochting.

How to make plarn

I referred to this youtube video to help me make the knot.

How to make plarn:

What to make with Plarn

I did a little research online and found that these crocheted plastic bags made from plarn make great beach bags. You can rinse them off and lay them to dry and they’re ready to go again. I decided that I probably won’t become a plarn expert. I prefer the feel and bright colors of yarn. This is as far as I got.

There are craftors making some amazing creations out of plarn. I just did a quick pinterest search and found tons of crafts made out of plarn – Easter Baskets, beach bags, purses, snowmen, doormats – just about anything you can imagine.

Here’s a great step by step pattern of how to crochet a tote bag using plarn.

I’m going to start collecting my bright color plastic bags and try something fun. The gray is definitely a little on the boring side for me, but I’ve seen some really bright yellow and blue plastic bags.

Have you ever made anything out of plarn? I’d love to hear your stories!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. Pam W says

    I’m working on a Plarn project of coasters and place-mats using plarn and left-over yarn. I’m lucky I can get plastic bags in red and white. I think I’ll try a crotchet teddy bear next.

  2. says

    When you said plarn… It got me to thinking. I am not sure I had heard it called that before, but when I was “younger” I made things out of plastic bags, but had forgotten about the things you could do. Once we made a wreath for the door by tying bags around a round hanger and then spray painted it. Thanks for sharing the creativity!!

  3. says

    wow. i have never even thought about this. people are so darned creative! I have soooooooo mmmmmaaaaaannnnnnnyyyyyyy plastic bags here, I’m sure I have enough for at least a tote bag!

  4. says

    Never ceases to amaze me the creative ideas people come up with, awesome. Not sure I would try it but I have done this same procedure with strips of leftover material from my quilts and it works great! Thanks for sharing,

  5. says

    When I was a child, my grandmother would make rugs similar to this. Instead of using plastic bags like these, she used bread bags. I have one of her rugs that has a bread bag from all 50 states. That rug has to be 40 yrs. old now,if not older. It started to come apart in spots (it saw a lot of wear and washings)so I packed it away. Someday, I hope to find someone who can repair it and then pass it onto to my daughter :)


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