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How to Make Plarn

Plarning should be on your crafting agenda.

How to Make Plarn
How to Make Plarn
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Learn how to make plarn, or plastic bag yarn, for making plarn crochet projects! Use this yarn to make scrubbies, market totes, and more. Plarn is easy to make, but there is definitely a specific technique for making it! Follow the tips and tricks for making a sturdy plarn with this tutorial. You'll learn how thick the strands need to be, and how to ensure that your yarn won't fall apart while you're crocheting with it! If you have tons of bags lying around and you want to turn them into something useful, definitely watch this video tutorial for making plarn.

PLUS! Scroll down for our How to Make Plarn Infographic.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Plastic Bag
  • Scissors


  1. Lay out your plastic bag flat. Cut off the handles and the bottom so you wind up with an even tube.

  2. Fold the tube in half, bringing the sides of the bag towards each other. Repeat two more times until you have a slender tube. 

  3. Arrange your tube in front of you so the folded edge is facing you. Cut off the jagged edges so you have a perfectly neat tube ready to turn into plarn!

  4. Cut your bag into little "sushi rolls" no thinner than one inch wide. You can make the cuts thicker if you want, but don't go thinner than an inch because you don't want your plarn to break while you're crocheting with it later.

  5. Undo your little sushi rolls. You'll have a full ring of plastic!

  6. To make your plarn, you'll need to connect all these loops into a long strand that will eventually become your skein. To connect the loops, insert one ring of plastic into the other ring, and draw the end through the first ring. Tighten it up so there's a little knot.

  7. BONUS! Check out our useful How to Make Plarn infographic for quick reference!

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