Tutorial: make a basket to recycle your plastic bags

Tutorial: make a basket to recycle your plastic bags

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Plastic bags clog up your drawers and cupboards. You have kept them for years, just in case! Look no further, we explain how to recycle them usefully: by making pretty little baskets to store everything in the house We have known for a long time the scourge that plastic bags represent for our environment. Used daily for an average of 20 minutes, they take several hundred years to degrade and contaminate soil and oceans. But let's rejoice, because since July 1, 2016, the distribution of plastic bags in boxes is prohibited in France! Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies and other market gardeners will be forced to offer you paper, reusable or organic bags. It is the end of the some five billion single-use bags distributed each year in the country, and the promise of more responsible distribution and consumption. You want to bring your stone to the building and get rid of the bags that clutter your closet or the underside of your sink? Why not by knitting a useful and durable object that uses the properties of the material (resistant, washable) in a creative and colorful way? Here's how to make a fruit basket out of recycled plastic bags!


- Plastic bags - A pair of scissors - A hook n ° 4,5 to 6

Budget: 0 euro Duration: 1 hour


1. First you need to transform your plastic bags into a knitting material. Cut following the diagram below the handles and the bottom seam of your bag according to its shape. You get a kind of tubular rectangle.

2. Cut strips approximately 1.5 to 2 cm wide as in the drawing, stopping 2 cm before the opposite edge. You get a laminated tube. To create the plastic knitting tape, arrange the bag so that the uncut part is in front of you, and cut the strips diagonally so as not to interrupt the ribbon.

3. Then form the bottom of the basket: With a hook n ° 4.5 to 6 according to your skill, mount 8 stitches in a magic circle (or, if you are new, form a circle of 8 stitches in the air closed by a slip stitch). Crochet in the round by increasing in each stitch on the next row, then regularly as follows: * Row 3: one sc (close stitch), increase x8: you get 24 stitches * Row 4: 2ms, increase x8: you get 32 ​​stitches * Row 5: 3ms, an increase x8: you get 40 stitches * Row 6: 4ms, an increase x8: you get 48 stitches * Row 7: 5ms, an increase x8: you get 56 stitches, etc.

4. Continue like this until you get the diameter you want for the bottom of the basket, here 18 centimeters, or 15 rows corresponding to 120 stitches. Then mount the walls of the basket by hooking the ribbon without making an increase, until you get an edge of the desired height, here 6 cm or 8 rows of 120 stitches.

5. When necessary, connect your plastic ribbons with a simple tight knot and hide the junction on the side of the least visible work (on the back for the bottom, on the right side) place of the walls.

6. Close your work with a slip stitch and hide the piece of ribbon remaining in the stitches of the previous row. Your basket is finished, you just have to garnish it with your favorite fruits!


With a little imagination, you can create baskets of different sizes and colors and take inspiration from any crochet creation to revisit it with plastic bags: table mats, rugs or even pot holders are ideal. to the creative recycling game. Did you like this tutorial? Send us photos of your plastic baskets via our Facebook page, and find other ideas on our Pinterest!


  1. Tedal

    Between us, I would have received otherwise.

  2. Tall

    I thought, and removed the problem

  3. Kigagor

    What words ... Super, great idea

  4. Erchanbold

    It's a shame, but sometimes you need to change your lifestyle. And write such competent posts.

  5. Faerr

    I think I've already read about it somewhere

  6. Kadin

    This is nothing more than conditionality

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