How to Make Tote Bags out of Plastic Bags?

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Do you have a lot of plastic bags lying around? Why not turn them into tote bags! In this blog post, we will teach you how to make tote bags out of recycled plastic bags. This is a great way to reduce waste and reuse materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Plus, it’s a fun craft project that anyone can do!

Tote Bags crochet out of Plastic Bags

Step-By-Step Guide to Make Tote Bags out of Plastic Bags

Step 1: Gather the Material

  • Crochet hook (size H/I)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Recycled plastic bags (at least 15)

Now that you have all of your materials, it’s time to start crocheting!

Step 2: Cut the Plastic Bags

Start by cutting the plastic bags into strips. Make sure that the strips are about ½-inch wide and 12-inches long. If your bags are not the same size, you can trim them to make them even.

Step 3: Make a Chain

Start by making a chain with your crochet hook and one of the plastic strips. Make sure that the chain is about 15 inches long.

To do this, make a slip knot on your crochet hook and then insert the hook into the strip. Wrap the strip around the hook and then pull it through the loop on the hook. Continue doing this until you have 15 chains.

Step 4: Make Single Crochet Stitches

Now that you have made a chain, it’s time to start making single crochet stitches. To do this:

  1. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.
  2. Wrap the strip around the hook and then pull it through the chain. You should now have two loops on your hook.
  3. Wrap the strip around the hook again and then pull it through both loops on the hook.

Congratulations, you have made your first single crochet stitch! Continue making single crochet stitches until you reach the end of the row.

Step 5: Make More Rows

To make the body of the bag, you will need to make more rows of single crochet stitches. First, simply turn your work and start making single crochet stitches into the next row.

Make sure that you insert your hook into the first stitch of the previous row. Continue making rows until your work measures about 12 inches wide.

Step 6: Make the Handles

To make the handles of the bag, you will need to make two more chains. Make sure that these chains are about 24 inches long.

Once you have made the chains, simply attach them to the sides of the bag with a slip stitch. Make sure that the handles are attached in the middle of the side of the bag.

Step 7: Finish Off

To finish your bag, you will need to cut the strip and then tie it off. Make sure that you leave about a 12-inch tail.

First, insert your hook into the last stitch of the row. Wrap the strip around the hook and then pull it through the stitch. You should now have two loops on your hook.

Now, wrap the strip around the hook again and then pull it through both loops on the hook. This will create a slip knot, which you can tighten by pulling on the tail. Once you have tightened the knot, cut off any excess strip, and then weave in the end.

Step 8: Decorate it

Now that you have finished your bag, it’s time to decorate it! You can do this by adding buttons, pom-poms, or any other embellishments that you like. Get creative and have fun!

Your recycled tote bag is now complete! We hope that you enjoyed this blog post and you can also create more fun bags out of different recycled materials.

How to Clean and Care Tote Bags made from Recycled Plastic Bags

  • Use warm water and mild soap to wash your bag.
  • Do not put your bag in the washing machine or dryer.
  • Line dry your bag in the shade.
  • If your bag gets dirty, you can spot clean it with a damp cloth.
  • Make sure that you avoid scrubbing the bag too hard, as this could damage the plastic.
  • When you’re not using your bag, store it in a cool, dry place.
  • Avoid storing it in direct sunlight, as this could cause the plastic to warp.

With these simple tips, you can keep your recycled tote bag looking great for years to come!


Now that you know how to make tote bags out of recycled plastic bags, put your skills to the test and make one for yourself!

These bags are perfect for carrying around all of your essentials, and they make great gifts too. So grab some plastic bags and get started on your very own recycled tote bag today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy crocheting!

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