Archive | June, 2010

A whole lot of recycling

26 Jun

How many bags does it take to make one purse?

People always wants to know how many bags it takes to make a purse or tote. Since I usually lose track, or just don’t count, I decided to start a new purse and document the number of bags it takes to complete it. I’m starting with brown bags from a Minnesota grocery store. They’re just your average size grocery bag.

This is how far I got with 5 of the bags—not quite the bottom of a purse.

Here it is at 10 bags.

As you can see it’s gotten bigger. Ten bags equals the full bottom of the purse (for this size purse). If you know crocheting, or just look closely, you might notice the very middle of bag looks different in the two pics. I add some extra bags by chaining (crochet term) into what I’ve already done, to make the bottom of the bag more heavy duty and also eliminate the holes from the first few rows.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the bag count.


the beginnings

15 Jun

Bags2Bags began several years ago while visiting my sister-in-law. She was cutting up colored plastic bags and knitting pieces to then sew together into a purse. I was rather fascinated by this, as I have knit and crocheted many items in my lifetime, but never thought of trying to make something with plastic bags. I knew I could find some plastic bags and give this new technique a try. Little did I know what would transpire after that visit!

At that time, Wal-mart had a blue toned shopping bag with just a bit of yellow in it. I decided to make my first plastic bag bag with the Wal-mart bags, adding a white bag here and there. The finished bag actually had a denim look to it. Sad to say, I do not have a photo of that bag, or of most bags I made in the first few years.

While working on the denim-look bag (knitting each of the several pieces I would have to sew together) I decided that it might be easier to crochet a bag, where I’d just go around and around in one continuous row with very little finishing work to do. So, my second attempt was a crocheted purse in a variety of colors—yellow, orange, white, blue, purple, tan, and green. I do have a photo of this bag—I usually get lots of complements on this purse when I’m out and about. I’ve used this as my purse for several years and many people mistakenly think it is made from rafia; they’re usually surprised (and impressed) when I explain that it’s made from plastic bags and that I made the bag myself.

Recycle :: Repurpose :: Reuse :: Re-purse

12 Jun

What do you do with all those plastic shopping bags that seem to reproduce as rapidly as rabbits?

Until stores refuse to use them, Bags2Bags is committed to recycling plastic bags by crocheting sturdy and trendy new purses, totes, handbags, and other fun things. Each bag is a one-of-a-kind stylish and eco-friendly creation.

My name is Diane and the Bags2Bags blog will showcase the collection of items I make by recycling plastic bags. I’m just getting started on figuring out this whole blog thing, but you can check out photos of finished bags on the Facebook page and eventually I will be adding photos here on the blog. Contact me with any questions and, if you’re interested, for pricing and orders. Bags2Bags will create bags to match custom size, style, and color requests; contact me for more information. I enjoy hearing from you so please let me know what you think in comments on my blog posts or e-mail me at bags2bags(at)yahoo(dot)com.