Just finished my new plastic shopping bag made from old plastic shopping bags! I recently posted a project on my website (Home-Dzine.co.za) using my DIY super-large crochet hook and the whole idea behind designing the hook was to be able to make a shopping bag with plastic bags. Well, it's done and it only took me 3 days of occasional crochet in front of the TV to finish it.
Step 1: Cut your bag
Gather together all your plastic bags as you will need about 70 to make a shopping bag. Fold each bag over and cut off the top and tail and then cut into 3cm-wide strips.
Step 2: Join strips
Join all your bags together to create one long strip. Don't stress about how long at this stage as you can easily add on more strips as you work. Just add enough strips for a comfortable length to work with. Loop the end of one bag over the other bag and then pull the two ends to join.
Step 3: Starting the bag
Make a loop at one end of your long piece of strips and insert the large crochet hook. If you don't have a large crochet hook I have included instructions on how to make at the end of this tutorial. To make it easier to see what I am doing I have included a yellow bag in the strip!
Step 4: First stitch
Insert your super-large crochet hook into the loop that you have just made to commence the first stitch.
Step 5: Make the first row
Loop the hook around the strip so that it fits in the hook and then pull through the look. Ta-da. You have now started your chain stitch. Continue to make another 28 stitches in the same way, so that you have a total of 30 stitches hanging down from the hook.