An Ode to Plarn

Spring has finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many of us that means warmer weather, sprouts of growth in the garden, and spring cleaning. If, by chance, you take part in the latter and find nests of plastic shopping bags, don't throw them out; upcycle them! For those who aren't already in the know, these plastic nuisances can easily become plarn.

Plarn is short for plastic yarn, and it's made by cutting plastic bags which are then strung together (there's an excellent how-to here). These strands of plarn can then be used to make rugs, bags, or just about anything. In fact, artist Cathy Kasden actually creates 1950s-style outfits out of plarn. While we here at BeWeave It Headquarters can't verify how comfortable an outfit made of plastic bags would be (or how sweaty), we do know that totebags, rugs, and other items made from plarn are sturdy and easy to clean.


If you're interested in weaving up a project in plarn, we have not one, but two plarn tote-bag projects available for free on Weaving Today which you can find here and here. Not only will you be helping to keep the nasty plastic bags out of landfills, by bringing your fabulous new totes to the grocery store you'll help save even more bags from find their way into your home.

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