I want to say one word to you. Just one word.... Plastics.”
Mr. McGuire, The Graduate

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tutorial Series: how to make yarn. Part 1

Making yarn out of plastic bags is very easy.  I use two methods: one for single color, and one for multi-color yarn.This first tutorial describes how to make yarn for a single color (or using a single bag).

Cut off the bag's handles and the bottom seam, and set aside for later use (I'll teach you how to make pompoms later).

Start cutting the bag in a continuous strand, and keep going around the bag in a spiral (as if peeling an apple)

Roll the yarn and start knitting

Please note that the strip should be between 1/2" to 3/4" wide depending on the thickness of the bags. Some shopping bags are very thin and light, and you might want to cut the strand a little wide (1"), while other bags are fairly thick and you might want to cut a strand that's 1/2" wide at most.

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