Recycle Your Plastic Bags into a Dish Scrubber

comments (7) September 15th, 2008     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Where recycling meets function: plastic yarn makes a dish cloth extra scrubby.

Where recycling meets function: plastic yarn makes a dish cloth extra scrubby.

Photo: Cindy at

Next time you're working up some cotton dish cloths, try adding a bit of plastic bag to the center. That's right—crochet the center with plarn (plastic bag yarn) and you'll add a little bit of scrubbing power in an earth-friendly way. Cindy of has a great, free pattern for the dish cloths right here. You can even toss them in the washer on the gentle cycle—just be sure to hang them to dry or they'll melt. And she recently added a new star-shaped dish cloth pattern, too. I love that she uses colored bags and truly incorporates them into the design.

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Comments (7)

LindaPermann writes: Yachtchick, I think it depends on a lot of things, one of the major ones being how thick the plastic bag is. You will probably just have to experiment to see what works- I'd try different bags from different stores, some are kind of stretchy and some just fall apart. Good luck!
Posted: 1:12 am on October 22nd
Yachtchick writes: OK, just read the how to make plarn article. I do the same thing but if I try to use 1" strips the yarn is too thin and breaks easily. I live on an island and want to make shopping bags out of this. Any ideas?
Posted: 6:24 pm on October 20th
Yachtchick writes: I use the plastic bags to create rugs. How do you cut the yarn to make it smaller? The way I am cutting it requires a Q hook. thank you!
Posted: 6:21 pm on October 20th
RhapsodyBlu writes: I have been making dishcloths using strips of netting for the scrubby part. This sounds different and I'll have to try it. Thanks!
Posted: 11:01 am on September 24th
Jen1964 writes: I can't wait to try this. Being in a city, we normally use the bags for the dog waste, but no matter what, we can't use them all up. In any case, my mom got me started on making my own dishcloths. Nothing you get in the store is anything like them. Only thing they were missing was the scrubby part. This should be perfect. Thanks! New gift ideas? Hmm!
Posted: 8:38 pm on September 23rd
DelCid writes: This is fantastic I have made coasters and table mats with the old WalMart plastic bags, which by the way I miss so much if you remember they used to be blue/green with gold. The coasters and mats looked to pretty .
Posted: 12:13 am on September 21st
Jrsjewels writes: Great idea! Thanks!
Posted: 7:26 am on September 20th
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