Knitted Tote Made Of Plastic Grocery Bags

This recycled craft project shows you how to knit with shopping bags that have been cut up and turned into recycled plastic yarn.

by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

Size 10 (6 mm) Knitting needles
32 plastic bags
Spray oil (optional)


This knitted shopping bag tote is durable, washable and most important re-useable time and time again.

To create plastic bag yarn you will need to cut your recycled plastic bags into strips around 1-2 inch wide.

Do this by cutting off the base of the bag and the handles. Then start cutting the bag in a spiral to create one long length from the bag.

Keep doing this with 32 bags.

This bag is knit in one piece and then joined to create the bag.

Using 6 mm Needles cast on 37 stitches and working in garter stitch continue until your work measures 12 inch or 30 cm. (adding a little spray oil to your needles helps the plastic yarn slide).


To make the straps cast off 8 stitches and K to the end.

Next row cast off 8 stitches K 16, turn. Place the remaining 6 stitches on a spare needle.

Next row cast off 10 stitches K 6.

Continue on these 6 stitches until the strap measures 40cm or the desired length, leave these stitches on a spare needle .

Pick up the remaining 6 stitches and continue on these stitches until the second strap matches the first strap.

Cast on 8 stitches K6 turn,

K6 turn.

Cast on 8 stitches turn.

K all 38 stitches, continue in garter st until both sides of your bag are the same size.


Join the sides using strips of plastic left at the sides by lacing up the bag. Use a crochet hook to make it easier to push the plastic bag yarn through the sides.

All done!