How to weave plastic grocery bags

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How to weave plastic grocery bags
Weave plastic bags into purses, pillows or other items. (a bag image by from

Plastic grocery bags are not just for shopping anymore. In an effort to stay "green," grocery bags can be reused to make purses, art pieces and baskets. This is done by using a weaving technique to create strength and give the piece an interesting look. Weaving grocery bags to create various items is entertaining and is a fitting activity for eco-conscious families. Instead of sending your plastic grocery bags to a landfill, reuse them when creating woven masterpieces.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Scissors
  • Weaving loom (with pins)

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  1. 1

    Lay the grocery bag on a flat surface. Smooth out any air bubbles, then fold the bag lengthwise so you have one thin strip.

  2. 2

    Cut off the bag handles and about an inch or two from the bottom of the bag. Turn the folded piece horizontally.

  3. 3

    Cut the folded piece into 1-inch strips. Unfold all of the strips and tie the ends together until you have one long piece. (ref 1) Roll up the piece into a ball, being careful not to stretch or break the plastic.

  1. 1

    Place the weaving loom in front of you and label the lower left corner "A," the lower right corner "B," the upper left corner "C" and the upper right corner "D." This will help keep you organised when weaving.

  2. 2

    Wrap the end of the plastic bag "yarn" around the two pins to the right of the corner pin in Corner A, then pull it up to the first two pins on Corner C. Wrap the plastic around the two pins, then bring it back down to Corner A.

  3. 3

    Skip the next two pins at the bottom of the loom, then wrap the plastic around the next two pins. Continue weaving in this way, wrapping around every other set of two pins, until you reach Corner B.

  4. 4

    Wrap the "yarn" around the two corner pins at Corner B, then turn the loom to the right so Corners B and D are at the bottom. Weave the plastic in the same manner as Steps 2 and 3 until you reach Corner C.

  5. 5

    Wrap the plastic around three of the corner pins at Corner C. Turn the loom back to the first position--with Corners A and B at the bottom--and weave another layer in the same manner as Steps 2 and 3. The layer will end at Corner B.

  6. 6

    Thread the end of the plastic "yarn" through a 10-inch weaving needle. Slide the needle under the first plastic strand at Corner B, then over the next strand. Continue doing this until you reach Corner A.

  7. 7

    Pull the needle through, then rotate the loom so that Corners B and A are at the top. Skip the next woven strand of plastic and complete a needle weave--in the same manner as Step 6--through the third strand. Repeat this process until you have woven all the way down the loom.

  8. 8

    Needle-weave the excess strands of plastic "yarn" into the woven "fabric." Remove the woven bags from the loom.

Tips and warnings

  • Needle-weave the excess strands of plastic "yarn" into the woven "fabric." Remove the woven bags from the loom.

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