How to Make Plarn (Plastic Yarn)

I live in Portland Oregon and for those of you who don’t know, this is pretty much the mecca of eco-friendliness. It’s a passion here, a way of life. And although I am admittedly not the most avid recycler, I try to do my best. So in order to become a little more “green,” I have recycled my plastic grocery bags in plastic yarn or “plarn.”

Making plarn is pretty simple but can be tedious. Although I actually found the repetitiveness of it kind of therapeutic. So here is how to make plarn. Hopefully you will get the gist of it from the pictures :o)

1. Flatten our your plastic bag. Smooth it out to be as flat as possible. Use the static electricity to your advantage as it will help to really get it to lay flat.

2. Fold the bag in half so the handles line up.
3. Now fold it one more time so its one long strip.
4. Cut the top (handles) and bottom off. Discard them.
6. Now cut the rest into approx. 1/2 inch strips. If they are too thick they will be harder to crochet. If they are too thin, they will break. 
7. Unfold the strips and you will see that they are loops. You will now connect the loops together the same way you would connect rubber bands. Lay right loop end over left loop end. Pull end of left loop up and over the right and then through itself.

8. Pull tight to make a knot (but not too tight or the plastic will break).
Keep connecting and roll into a ball when finished.

You now have plastic yarn! Check back tomorrow to see what I made with my plarn. Here is a sneak peak:



    • Lelia B says

      Actually I figured it out! Please ignore my other comment :). Thanks so much for this cool idea! I will be making something plastic soon :)

  1. Anonymous says

    I live in Ottawa Canada and we get our milk in plastic bags, not jugs. My friend has been crocheting plarn milk bag sleeping mats to send to refugee camps. plus they make great indoor/outdoor doggie mats n mudroom mats too. they clean with a quick rinse. enjoy! oh. many church groups collect the mats to send to the refugee camps. happy crafting!

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    • DJ says

      Ops, thought I had posted this on the tote bag made with plarn. Was playing around and somehow found the page to make plarn. Didn’t realize it until after I asked how to make plarn.
      Boy, do I feel stupid!

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