Upcycle Progress: crocheted plastic bag sandals

In the true recycle fashion, I will not spend any money on my upcycle project. I have a clear idea of what I will make: crocheted plastic bag sandals. I’ve never crocheted anything more than half a scarf, so this project serves as a test of my arts and crafts skills.

Here’s the plan:

  • Cut the tops and bottoms off 50 plastic grocery bags (I have hundreds in a box in my kitchen, because I am a horrible Boulder citizen blah blah blah)
  • Tie the modified plastic bags into a long continuous rope and roll into a ball…plastic yarn = plarn
  • Crochet away! I’ve designed a very simple sandal pattern, similar to what Jesus would have probably worn.

These’s shoes aren’t practical, they’re avant-garde.

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  • Katherine Yarnell
    February 8, 2017 10:35 am

    I really like the idea of using plastic bags, it seems like a material that a lot of people have laying around. Maybe you could use a second material to help hold the shape of the sole of the shoes. I’m not sure how stiff weaved plastic bags get though, so that might not be necessary.

  • Sara Palandeng
    February 6, 2017 9:52 pm

    This is a great material-driven project and I really appreciate the use of plastic bags (I, too, am using plastic bags because I’m a horrible Boulder citizen). Even though these shoes won’t be incredibly practical, I’d suggest adding some structure to the sole with cardboard or something just for fun and maybe give them a test run. But otherwise, can’t wait to see what the final product is going to look like!


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