video How to Make Plarn
Most grocery bags work well to make plarn. Bags from Target are thicker and a little more gummy so they do not work well in combination with other types of bags. Garbage bags are also gummy and stretchy and aren’t as strong. Besides, the purposes of using plarn is to reduce waste and I’m guessing no one would want anything made from a used garbage bag. Once you’ve selected your bags and determined your project it’s time to make the plarn.

Making plarn is easy.

1.  First you fold the bag lengthwise a few times.

2.  Then you cut off the handles and bottom of the bag.

3.  Next you cut it into strips horizontally. Depending on what you plan on making you are going to want to cut the strips to different widths. One inch strips are about equal to 4 ply yarn and work well with F, G, and H size crochet hooks. If you spin 1″ strips you can achieve a gauge about equal to size 10 crochet thread. For projects you want to be more durable or stiff cut your bags into 1-1/2″ strips. This will give you about 8 strips per bag and is comparable to chunky yarn so size H, I, or J hooks work well.

4.  Once you have cut your strips you should have a pile of loops. Connect these loops as you would a rubber band chain.
Awesumpunk2 months ago

I've made this before, but I found that if you cut a continuos strand it includes the handles and the bottom of the bag plus, there is WAYYY less knots and strands hanging in the crocheted object.

Mauigerbil3 years ago
Deja vu!!! I just made a plastic water bottle cosy from plarn for when I go camping. I loom knitted it. I used plastic grocery bags with a grey stripe from a clothing store bag. I think it will be better than a store-bought bottle because plastic water bottles cannot break when dropped because it bounces. (it is better 4 da enviroment, too!!!)
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Verdant Toes (author)  masterochicken4 years ago
I guess, go with what ever trait is dominant at the time. :) Advantage to using the rotary board is you can make narrower consistent strips for finer plarn if you don't want or need something super chunky.
l8nite5 years ago