Recycled Crochet Plastic Bag Purse

Recycled Crochet Plastic Bag Purse

Crocheted using recycled plastic bags this Granny Square Bag is a quick and fun project!

What you need

Size: Approx. 8-9″ square bag if using 3/4 to 1″ strips of cut plastic bags.
Hook: N metal crochet hook used in this Motif pattern.
(Any large size hook can be used but Motif size will vary.)


With center color (White shown) Ch 4, Sl St to form ring.

Rnd 1 Using White bag yarn, Ch 2, (counts as 1 Hdc) in ring work 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, Ch1, 3 Hdc Ch 1, Sl St to top of Ch 2. (4 corners & 4 shells made) Fasten off and weave ends under on back side of Motif.

Rnd 2 With next color (Grey) attach in any Ch 1 corner space. Ch 2, 2 Hdc, Ch1, 3 Hdc, all in the same ch 1 corner space. *Sk next 3 Hdc, 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the next Ch 1 corner space.* Repeat between * 2 more times, Sl St to top of the beginning Ch 2.

Rnd 3 Sl St across remaining Hdc’s to corner. Ch 2 (counts as 1 Hdc) 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the corner space. *Sk 3 Hdc, make 3 Hdc in between shells, Sk next shell, make 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc in corner.* Repeat 2 more times then Sl St to top of first Hdc. Fasten off and weave ends under on back side of Motif.

Rnd 4-8 Using White bag yarn, attach in any Ch 1 corner space. Ch 2 (counts as 1 Hdc) 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the corner space. Continue working in established pattern of Sk 3 Hdc (shell), 3 Hdc in between each of the shells, Sk next shell, until you reach the corner again and then make 3 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc in each corner.

At the completion of each rnd, Sl St to top of the beginning Ch 2 and Sl St over to corner space. Then begin again with Ch 2 (counts as 1 Hdc) 2 Hdc, Ch 1, 3 Hdc, all in the corner space and so on. Complete 8 rnds.

Fasten off and weave ends under on back side of Motif.

Tip: (On second Motif, don’t fasten off. Just leave your yarn attached at corner to begin weaving the two Motifs together.)

Make two Motifs.

This bag is shown using White and Grey plastic bag yarn but any colors can be used as desired.

With wrong sides together and weave them together by attaching white yarn (or using tip above) at corner and work 1 rnd of Sc around 3 sides of the bag. (The right sides of the bag should be facing out when you Sc around 3 sides of bag.) Don’t fasten off. Leave yarn attached to make strap handle.

Add strap handle:

Chain 40 and attach your yarn to opposite opening edge. (I use a Sl St to attach and then another Sl St into another stitch at opening edge to provide added strength for your handle.) Turn and work back up the chain by working a Sc around the chain until you get back to opposite end of strap handle. Adjust your Sc stitches around chain as needed to provide a smooth strap for your bag. The Sc’s slide a bit and this allows for you to adjust your stitches as needed.

Attach your yarn into opening edge once you have your strap handle completed. Fasten off and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Ch – Chain Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
Rnd – Round

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy from My Recycled Bags and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. (C)2007


  1. is this knitted? if not it looks like it lol!!!!!!!!

  2. REALLY NICE! I love to do it doing my free time.

  3. This is so cool! I love the flowered pattern.

  4. Love the idea please keep them comig

  5. I was wondering if you ever made a a plastic bag ring. If so can you show me?

  6. I use plastic bags to make “yarn” and knit them. They make great shopping bags, beach bags or just funky bags to carry. I have alot of customers.

  7. Lovely eco-friendly project and so cute too!

  8. That is a great job on the hand bag. I did something like this only i made a rug for the back door, catches dirt and leaves nicely. I love your bag. I cut mine into 1″ strips and tied them together. they work great. thanks for the bag pattern. i may give it a try.

  9. Cindy!!! I knew this was you! Good Job!

  10. who would use this?

  11. hi
    i do thast a lot’ i have a few hand bags croshet with nilon, i have made very big, and use them all the time
    thank you

  12. jazroxkc says

    This is a great way to make use of those pesky bags that keep accumulating! I saw a great video on Youtube demonstrating how to make Plarn (plastic yarn) from the bags.

  13. nice

  14. VERY NEAT!!

  15. how do i make the plastic bagt yarn? you dont say and ive never seen this before. thanks, gloria

  16. surprisingly effective

  17. This has to be one of the best recycled projects.

  18. Very interesting project!

  19. very interesting project

  20. I have been looking for different website for crafts and oh my this website is superb. I have learn so many ideas. I love this website.

  21. OMG! 2 cool!

  22. except you don’t tell how to get “white bag yarn”?If I didn’t already know this, I would have never tried this pattern!

  23. pretty


  25. Awesome!

  26. I have one of thses platic bag purse’s.. very unique, very pretty

  27. wow! im really impressed…i can’t believe that’s plastic. good job.

  28. This bag is answer to – what do I do with my shopping bags GREAT!

  29. I have seen these before but this is the first one I have seen that looked easy and and pretty! Great job! =:)

  30. WOW! That’s from a PLASTIC bag??? Nifty!

  31. Not too difficult to make and everyone who saw my bag loved it. Go to Cindy’s site to learn how to make the yarn.

  32. xoBorn2Shopxo says

    i would have never come up with that!!!

  33. That’s pretty clever! 🙂

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