Sunday, 10 March 2013

How to make your own Ecoshopper

These bags are great fun and guaranteed to attract admiring glances and comments every time you take it out. 
Created from those carrier bags that we all have in our kitchen cupboards. See link to video showing how to make "plarn" (plastic yarn) from the carriers. (Link at side of page or Click here) and create a ball of yarn. To be honest this is probably the most time consuming part of the whole make.
N.B. Be sure not to use biodegradable carriers or you could be in for a nasty shock when carrying your shopping home in a few months time.

The finished bag is quite stretchy so I used a cotton carrier as a liner to help it keep it's shape. The strap is a piece of webbing that I got from a local supplier but is easy to find online. The whole thing is put together with hammer on jeans buttons - so no sewing!!

The colour combinations are only limited by your imagination.
Go on. Give it a go.

  • Using an 8mm circular needle cast on 12 stitches and garter stitch the base of the bag (approx 50 rows).
  • In addition to 12 sts already on the needle, pick up 25 sts down each long side and 12 sts from cast on edge. (74 sts).
  • Knit until bag is the desired length. Work last 3 or 4 rows in garter st to make bag top. Cast off.
Making Up
  • Fit liner inside bag.
  • Overlap webbing on bottom of bag when fixing hammer on buttons.
  • Evenly space buttons along length of webbing strap and fix through strap, bag and liner.
  • Attach liner to bag with rest of hammer on buttons.

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