Making Yarn Out of Plastic Bags




Introduction: Making Yarn Out of Plastic Bags

About: I love crafts with yarn. I use them to create art such at a comic book.

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These steps are an addition to the video but they do not replace the video.

Step 1: Get some plastic grocery bags

Step 2: Flatten one out

Step 3: Cut off the bottom and the handles turning the bag into one big tube

Step 4: Roll the bag up lengthwise

Step 5: Cut the roll width-wise into 1/2 inch wide strips (1.5 cm)

Step 6: Unroll 2 of the strips into 2 big loops

Step 7: Pull one loop halfway through the other

Step 8: Pull one end of the loop through the end of the same loop

Step 9: Pull it tight

Step 10: Repeat steps 6 through 9 with all of the strips

Step 11: Roll the yards of plastic yarn you created into a ball

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like your way to make yarn. I have tried to knit or make macrame with plastic bags but making the segments of plastic into a smooth and continue thread has always been an issue.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Same here. I don't like tying long pieces together because then the ends of the knot poke out and look funny. I'm glad my video makes your life a little easier.

    Great instructable and video! I made a "rag" rug for my kitchen out of bags, but haven't tried crocheting/knitting. Until today, when I will!! Your method of making "yarn" is way easier than what I was doing.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm glad you like it. I find it much easier too.