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Instead of throwing out those plastic bags after grocery shopping, learn how to make plarn! This is a great way to go green and recycle. Make some amazingly easy crochet patterns with plarn. Just follow this tutorial.

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This is a nice tutorial, but be advised that this is strictly photos and not video. It does take the reader though all the steps of making the plarn from folding the bags, cutting the strips, and linking them together. She adds a tip talking about the optimal width and the problems she had with widths less than 1 inch. Shes rightI had the same problem with thinner strips tearing apart at the knot. If youve never tried plarn, this is a great place to learn about the process.

I bought small trash cans for our bedrooms and bathrooms in just the right size to use grocery bags to line them. And my local library has plastic bags near the exit with a sign asking patrons to use them when raining to protect their books so my extras go there, especially when I go through a phase of always forgetting to take my reusable bags into the store. I still plan on using this idea, though. I've been saving the clothing bags lately from dept. stores and the dry cleaner. Some of those dry cleaner bags are a pretty shade of blue.

My grandmother used to do this with bread bags and make rugs using "plarn". She lived in Iowa and would put them outside to brush the mud off of shoes before going inside. Then, once it dried you could shake it off. Or hose it off... She never wasted anything and I'm glad I paid attention to her thriftiness.

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