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Crochet Plastic Bag Door Mat

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I'm crocheting a door mat out of plastic bags. I cut 2 inch strips and tie them together, leaving about a 2-3 inch tail. I use a J hook and chain the width, then double crochet in each chain, chain three and turn. I crochet each row the same until I have my length. I pull all tails to one side of the mat. That way it has a shag look to it and the other side is flat. When it gets dirty, you can wash it by just spraying it with water.

 

 

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Its in this site anyway http://caldwells.com/

This is the type of doormat that is good for a bi-fold door, I have found this http://caldwells.com/exterior-doors/contemporary-d == oors which I think that matches the door mat.. Anyway, is this one not a type of mat that easily loose its fiber?

I just cleaned up yesterday and got rid of a pile of plastic bags. Wish I'd read this first. (I'm going to go check my garbage bag as I may just be able to save them!)

Hi, Crocheting with bags bring back good memories. My grandmother taught me how to chrochet with bags when I was about 9. We made table mats for my mom all with different clour bags. when dirty just soak in luke warm water and they're as good as new. Enjoy this lovely creativity ! Estelle

I like the idea of the vcr tapes if i can find my old ones (not thrown out when we moved then i will try that thanks for the good ideas

my mother taught me to make them years ago, Need to make them again.

I REALLY wish I wasn't allergic to plastic bags, so I could try this! I would LOVE to see a picture!

Any of you still have your VCR tapes. This I am sure would work just as nice, you just would not get colorful ones. They are a shimmering black.

I decided to try the VCR tape as a mat, and I love it! You do get a shining black color. My twist on the idea is to incorporate the name of the tape that I recycled as part of the mat. I used the title plate in the corner to remind me of the great movies I loved as a kid as a great memory.

I really am trying to understand the directions....not doing very good. Can you add a picture???

Really want to add my 2 cents in about will they last or not. My daughter-in-law gave me one that her Grandmother made...lots of them many years ago. Anyway THEY LAST FOREVER and I love mine. Now I am trying to make one myself.

To: dnisey64 8548010 Biodegradable plastic bags seem to be sparsely used, at least where I am living. And, the biodegradable plastic bags are said to take at least 3 years to decompose, and that is if they are exposed to the correct amount of light and oxygen. They do not decompose in a land fill ... same as regular plastic bags. If the biodegradable plastic bags are not recycled properly, then the problem still exists. I am choosing to use a few hours of my time to turn all my plastic bags into reusable items ... even if they last only 3 years. That's 3 years those bags don't find themselves in the water-ways or other areas of my world.

I agree with other comments - Need to see a PICTURE of plastic bag rug, so know if it's a waste of time or not.

Yes, I would love to see a picture of this rug. Think I could make one, but would like to see the picture anyway. I, too, am not throwing away my plastic bags and have a few years supply that needs to be taken care of. Am running out of room for their storage.

My elderly mother-in-law and her lady friends were making these from bread bags back in the 1950s. They put them on the floor in front of the kitchen sink and they were colorful too. Money was tight and those ladies knew how to stretch every penny.

This is not a new craft--in 1990-my mother's senior citizen apt complex were making this rugs and selling them for $7.00. They work wonderful to catch sand and dirt at the back door-just shake them when they become soiled or sandy-mine lasted several years--actually it never did fall apart-it just eventually faded out. I have made them oval or roundshaped- and I find it is an excellent way to recycle store plastic bags. I try to recycle whenever I can to help the enviornment. Give them a try-I am sure you will find these mats very useful.

I have an issue with using grocery store bags... How long do they last since they are now set to biodegrade quicker then just regular/original plastic bags?

Go to: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crocheting+with+plastic+bags&aq=2. Copy and paste into your browser. There are many videos to select from for working plastic bags. Very interesting.

interesting.

Why isn't there pictures???????????????????????????????????????????

Oval rug pattern (and many more) here http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2010/03/28/plastic-trash-rug/

myrecycledbags.com has lots of great ideas and patterns using plastic bags, cassette tape, VCR tape, old t-shirt strips - almost anything imagineable - to make lots of useful items. She also gives step-by-step instructions for making 'plarn' - yarn from plastic. I've used many of her patterns and they are well-written and very easy to follow.

omg ive done this before and when i did my friends and family said i was weird until they saw the finished project as i tried to space out the colored plastic bags with the white ones. its time consuming but so cool. i dont have the pattern or a picture but sure wish i did. and i usually just do the round pattern.

is there anyone who has a pattern for a oval plactic bag rug. thanks Linda

you can not only make rugs out of plastic but try old material like curtains in strips like the plastic

These are tips that come from readers, which is why there might not be a picture to go with it.

please send pattern so we can all use it thank you

is there anyway you could post a picture of these items. sounds very interesting. would love to see a picture though of the plastic bag mat

I have made sevseral of these. Round as well as retranglar. I also make water bottle carriers. They can be made to any size bottle. Help keep drink cool and are washable. And help not to leave water rings when you have to set it down.

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