Messenger Bag Crafted from Plastic Bags


Messenger Bag Crafted from Plastic Bags

This crochet bag pattern is made using plastic bags and metal crochet hooks. Plarn has become very popular and this bag is perfect for it.


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook, N/15 or 10 mm hook

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Now I love most bags but this retro style Messenger Bag is an absolute favorite with me. I am also a rabid recycling nut so what a double bonus to discover that this bag is made from recycling those dreaded plastic shopping bags! It is so good that I am going to collect all plastic bags from everyone I know and make one for all my friends, after making my own first, lol. Thank you so much for this pattern!

Years ago I would save plastic bread wrappers and crochet them into place mates or chair pads. Good to lay under dogs food and water bowel.

I've used plastic bags to crochet for years. They make great grocery bags, beach bags, baby bags, rugs, you name it.

I have crocheted many things using plastic bags from place mats, rugs, bags and even lawn chairs. I make up my own designs as I go but am glad to get some ideas from other people. As for getting different colors into your bags, I have all my friends and relatives save colored plastic bags for me that they get at various stores. I have been collecting them for years. I did it before "go green" was popular and didn't know how in style I would be now. You can even add different fuzzy/textures of yarn as trim or just use your imagination, adding flower and feather decorations to your bags.

The colors come from the logos on the plastic bags, and some of the grocery stores do use the brown plastic bags. Just check with another store to see. I have dogs that go potty on my deck(to keep them all safe and since I do rescue some of my foster dogs will run if given a chance)and so I use the plastic bags to pick up the poop, so I always have gotten the plastic from the grocery. Now I have another use for them as well!! thanks for the idea!!

I seem to be missing do you get color in your bag using white plastic grocery bags? Can you use reg yarn with it?


This is such a great idea. I switched to paper to save on plastic, but now I can still use paper and ask for a few plastic bags on the side. Thanks !


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