Up-Cycle Plarn Door Mat
The environment and the future of Earth have been weighing on my mind recently, especially with Earth Day and the March for Science just passing. My family and I did some garbage pick up on our road for Earth Day and it was quite depressing the amount of garbage we picked up in less then a quarter mile. With that being said this lead me to look into ways to up-cycle possible items. I remembered hearing about the women who made plastic bag mats for the homeless and the plastic bag yarn, or plarn, they created intrigued me.
Now lets face it, plastic bags don’t come in very eye catching colors. The three colors I had in our plastic bag holder were blue, white, brown, and clear. Thinking of possible uses for the plarn I thought of making a door mat for when we go camping in our RV. Depending on the campsites the sand and dirt seem to stick to everything so places to wipe off your shoes or to put them on are a must. Plus the plarn is great since its easy to care for and can take some abuse along with being virtually free and in abundance.
So if you have a hankering for creating but can’t afford to buy yarn, or if you need to create an inexpensive door mat, or are looking for a new medium, give plarn a try since we all have a plastic bag or two, or 20 laying around the house. Plus you’ll be helping out Mother Earth and she could definitely use the support.
Up-Cycle Plarn Door Mat
Plarn-I used about 60 bags to create this mat but you can adjust the size to your liking.
P (11.5 mm) Hook
Row 1: Dc in third chain from hook. Sc in next stitch. Dc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. Continue in this pattern until row is complete.
Row 2: Chain 1. Sc in the first stitch from hook (which will be the previous rows Dc). Dc in the next stitch (previous rows sc). Sc in the following stitch. Dc in the next stitch. Continue in this patterns until row is complete.
Row 3: Chain 2. Dc in the first stitch from hook. Sc in the next stitch. Dc in the following stitch. Sc in the next stitch. Continue in this pattern until row is complete.
Rows 4- 36: Alternate between rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached and door mat is complete. Tie off and weave in ends.
There are other uses for plarn aside from a door mat, such as:
- Plant Holders
- Beach Mat
The plarn mat works up into a squishy mat that’ll help clean off dirty shoes and it can be easily cleaned and can take some abuse. Plarn is a great way to help keep unwanted plastic bags off the roads, out of our waterways, and out of the landfills. I hope this technique can be useful to you when looking for another alternative to animal or plant fibers.
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