This was the first workday for the Bags for Bags Project. 

At the request of the Missions & Social Concerns Committee, in an effort to conserve oil and protect the environment, Friends have for several months been bringing hundreds of disposable plastic bags to the meetinghouse.  On January 26, several Friends worked assembly line-style folding the bags, cutting them into 1.5" strips, connecting the strips together, and then crocheting that "yarn" into reusable shopping bags that can be kept for personal use, or sold for a Shareholders in Shalom donation.  A second Bags From Bags workshop will be held

Saturday, February 9, from 10:00-11:30 AM at the church.  Come see how it's done!

See instructions for bags below..........
 

 

Plastic bags are folded into long narrow strips and the handles and bottoms are cut off, and the bag cut into 1.5 inch strips.

The strips are tied together for form long double strings of plastic "yarn" that is crocheted into bags.

This bag was made in one weeks time by Pam Ferguson (she hadn't crocheted in over 20 years).  You can be assured that anyone can make these bags.......

PLASTIC  GROCERY BAG  SHOPPING  TOTES

 

CUTTING BAGS AND CREATING YARN

 

1. Lay the bag flat.

 

2. Fold the bag into halves lengthwise, so the handles are paired up and the bottom seam is folded on itself. Continue folding lengthwise until you can cut through all layers at once with your scissors.

 

3. Cut off the bottom seam of the bag as well as the handled part of the bag.

 

4. With the remaining plastic, cut the bag into approximately 1.5 inch segments.

 

5. Each of these segments will create a loop of plastic, which we can then connect to make a "yarn". Take two loops of plastic and place the end of one loop over the top of the other. Take one end of the bag that is underneath and insert it into the other end of the same bag. This will capture the bag on top and connect them.

 

6. Pull the connected bags tight to make the connecting knot smaller.

 

7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 to create a long string of plastic which you can roll up into a ball of "yarn".

 

 

CROCHET PATTERN FOR BAG

 

Materials Needed: plenty of yarn made of plastic grocery bags, large crochet hook

 

ch 28

 

Round 1 - hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, working around the backside of the ch hdc in each st, join with a sl st to 1st hdc (54 total)

 

Round 2-21 - ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st to 1st hdc

 

Round 22- ch 1, hdc in next 7 sts, ch 24, sk 8 sts, hdc in the next 19 sts, ch 24, sk 8 sts, hdc in next 12, join with a sl st to 1st hdc

 

Round 23 - ch 1, sc in next 6sts, work 28 sc around the next ch 24 sp on last round, sc in next 19 sts, work 28 scs around the next ch 24 sp on last round, sc in next 13 sps, join with a sl st in beg sc (94 total)

 

Round 24 - ch 1, sc in each st around (94 total)

 

 

CROCHET STITCHES NEEDED

 

Chain Stitch (ch):

Begin by making a slip knot over your chrochet hook.

 

Hold the hook in you right hand and loop the yarn from the ball over your left index finger. Hold the end of the slip knot between the thumb and middle finger of your left hand. With your left index finger, wrap the yarn from back to front around the shaft of the hook. Use the hook to draw the yarn through the loop on the hook one chain is now made.

 

Make as many chains as your pattern calls for. Do not count the slip knot or the loop currently on your hook as chain stitches. The resulting row of chains is called the foundation chain. You will build the crocheted bag off of this foundation. The chain stitch is also used to produce spaces and loops in your bag.

 

Single Crochet (sc):

Make a foundation chain one chain more than the number of single crochet stitches called for. Insert hook from front to back in the center of the second chain from the hook.

 

Wrap the yarn, from back to front, around the hook (this is called yarn over and is abbreviated yo), draw the yarn through the chain (there should be 2 loops left on hook).

 

Yarn over, draw through remaining 2 loops on hook. This completes the first single crochet.

 

Insert hook in the center of next chain, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook. Repeat across to end of foundation chain.

 

To begin the second row, turn your work. Chain one for the turning chain (does not count as a stitch).

Insert hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first single crochet in the row below, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook (first single crochet complete). Repeat this step in each single crochet across.

 

Half-Double Crochet (hdc):

Make a foundation chain one chain more than the number of half double crochet stitches called for. Skip first 2 chain stitches (will count as the turning chain). Yarn over hook once, insert hook from front to back in the center of the third chain from the hook.

 

Yarn over, draw the yarn through the chain. There should be three loops on the hook at this point.

 

Yarn over, draw through the remaining 3 loops on the hook. There should be only one loop left on the hook, this completes the half double crochet.

 

Yarn over, insert hook in the center of next chain, yarn over, draw yarn through first loop, yarn over, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook. Repeat across to end of foundation chain.

 

To begin the second row, turn your work. Chain two for the turning chain.

Skip the first half double crochet below the turning chain. Yarn over, insert hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the next half double crochet in the row below, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook (first half double crochet complete). Repeat this step in each half double crochet across and in the top of the turning chain at the end of the row.

 

Making a slip stitch (sl st):

To work a slip stitch in a row of stitches, insert hook under the top 2 loops of the first stitch in your row, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch and the loop on your hook in one motion. This will connect your last stitch to your first.