I have been trying to use way less of the produce bags in the store. I will try just setting them in the basket--worried about little one's bottoms and dirty hands all over my food, however. Think I will just fill my cloth bags (or soon to be plastic bag bags) with what I put in my cart. I can wash those. I love the tips everyone has. There are so many places those bags are a nuisance--utilizing them in some way, if not recycling, must be done. Glad I can help! -Lisa
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I came across a pattern for rugs made out of plastic bags just recently. Because they're hose-down-able or light weight to pick up and sweep under, they're great for outdoor spaces. I've had the pattern in print for years and years so I don't have a clue if you can find such a thing online.
On a side note, I know of missionaries sent to Ethiopia who helped the local women to learn to crochet to make rugs out of the bags. Apparently the bags are just dropped everywhere so that they call them "Ethiopian flowers". The women have started collecting them which not only cleans up the landscape, but makes something useful with them too! Cool, huh?
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And - for those of us who have no crocheting talent, I just got some burlap and stitched up 2 large carry bags to use for my groceries so I won't have to get the plastic ones in the first place. **Judi
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Awesome idea but I never get bags grocery shopping. I take the cart out with groceries bagless and when I load them into the car, I put them into large freezer cooler bags. I got mine from SAMS Club in the US while visiting my parents. They support stupid amounts of weight and last for years.
Edited by: LAURAZLSK at: 11/9/2007 (13:31)
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There are free patterns for bags at Berroco. This starts small, but would give a starting point to enlarge it I think.
Approximately 25” around x 10” high before felting (approximately 22” around x 8 1/2” high after felting)
4 Hanks BERROCO HIP HOP (100 grs), #7270 Seclino
Crochet hook, size 8.00 mm (L-11)
NOTE There are no gauge requirements for this item
BAG Bottom: With crochet hook, ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 5 sc’s in ring, join with a sl st in ch-1 – 5 sc’s.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, work 2 sc’s in each sc around, join with a sl st in ch-1 – 10 sc’s.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, * sc in next sc, 2 sc’s in next sc, rep from * around, join with a sl st in ch-1 – 15 sc’s. Continue to inc 5 sc’s every rnd in this manner, having 1 more sc between incs 11 times more – 70 sc’s. Mark end of last rnd for beg of top.
Top: Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st in ch-1 – 70 sc’s. Rep this rnd until piece measures 6” above marker.
Handle Slits: Next Rnd: Ch 16, skip 15 sc’s, sc in each of the next 20 sc’s, ch 15, skip 15 sc’s, sc in each of the next 20 sc’s, join with a sl st in 1st st of ch-16.
Following Rnd: Ch 1, work 15 sc’s in ch-16 space, sc in each of the next 20 sc’s, work 15 sc’s in ch-15 space, sc in each of the next 20 sc’s, join with a sl st in ch-1 – 70 sc’s. Rep Rnd 1 7 times more. Fasten off.
FINISHING Felt bag in washing machine using hot water and soap. It may be necessary to run through the cycles more than once. Check bag often. When bag has reached desired size, remove from washer, shape by hand and allow to air dry. http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/diddy_ bag/diddy_bag.html
This one is knitted, does not stand on it's own like the one above, but has a strap for cinching and carrying. Again a good start for making something the size you want.
Approximately 15” wide x 12” high x 4” deep after felting
29” Length knitting needle, size 6.00 mm (U.S. size 10) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Straight knitting needles, size 10
3 1/2 Yds leather cording
Two 6” long x 1/4” wide tapered plastic beads from M & J Trimmings
Tapestry needle or small awl
GAUGE 17 sts = 4”; 22 rows = 4” in St st on size 10 needles before felting
24 sts = 4”; 45 rows = 4” in Pat St on size 10 needles after felting
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE
BAG With circular needle, cast on 168 sts. Do not join. * Work 8 rows St st, then work 8 rows Reverse St st. Rep from * for Pat St until a total of 168 rows have been completed, end on WS. Bind off.
SIDE GUSSET/STRAP With straight needles, cast on 24 sts. Work in St st, dec 1 st each side every 3” 6 times – 12 sts. Piece should measure approximately 18” from beg. Mark beg and end of last row for beg of strap. Work even until strap measures 60” above markers, end on WS. Mark beg and end of last row for end of strap. Inc 1 st at each end of next row, then every 3” 5 times more – 24 sts. Work even until gusset measures 18” above last set of markers, end on WS. Bind off.
FINISHING Measure in 17” from each side on cast-on and bound-off ends of bag and mark. Fold bag in half lengthwise. Sew cast-on and bound-off ends of gussets to ends of bag between markers. Sew sides of gussets to ends of bag matching markers with sides of bag. Note: Ease in any fullness. When felting, any puckering will be eliminated. Felt bag by washing in washing machine using hot water and soap. It may be necessary to run through the cycle more than once to reach the desired measurements. Remove from washer, shape by hand and allow to air dry. Trim extra fuzziness if necessary. Using tapestry needle or awl, make holes around entire bag at each side of Reverse St st ridges 2” down from top of bag. Cut cording into 3 equal pieces. Hold 3 pieces of cording tog and thread through tapestry needle. Beg and end at center front, weave cording in and out around top of bag. Thread 1 cord through bead, then tie 3 cords tog at end. Repeat on other end of cords. Tie as in photo. http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/pignol i/pignoli.html
COOL!!! Let's figure out a pattern. That is one of the greatest things I've heard about for a while! What size hook are you using and how wide/long are the strips? Do you cut the bags our could you just use the whole bag as the strip? Are the produce bags recycled the same way as the white ones? I am trying to cut down on my use of those as well. Any ideas for that? Should I just put it all in one bag and let the clerk pick them out? Do I reuse them when I come back to the store? Did anyone read the Health Topics article from Thursday, I think, about cruise ship fuel pollution? It was interesting. I thought all that black smoke was trouble! I live near San Francisco... The oil spill is real trouble. The sea lions are coated and birds are already dying! I am going online today to see if anyone needs help this weekend with cleanup. Send us good cleanup vibes! -Lisa
I don't have a pattern, but I think if you made a rectangle shape for the bottom and then made a much larger rectangle, sorta baby blanket size, you would whip stitch the long sides together and then attach it the bottom with a whip stitch as well. Of course adding handles will be a good idea too. I haven't actully finished mine yet, just working on it. There might be a pattern out there somewhere, I just haven't looked...let me know it you find one!
For those of us that do have those pesky plactic bags lying around...One way to keep them out of the landfill is to crochet them. That's right, if you know how to crochet, just cut the bags in strips, tie them together to make one long piece and crochet into one big durable bag. I'm working on a few to reuse each time we bring our recycling to the center. Also, I'm going to try to make one with a drawstring at the top for the kids outdoor balls.
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