I’d had in the back of my head that I would like to sometime weave with plastic bags. I’d researched it a bit and knew that woven plastic bags looked nicer to me that knit or crochet ones. You don’t look at it and think “plastic bag” first. You look at it and think “cool fabric”. I also felt like the knit bags seemed so thick. I was looking for something more delicate to use for coasters… and maybe eventually a table runner.
I warped my 10 inch Cricket loom with rug warp and started to prepare the plastic bags. I snagged my cutting mat, rotary cutter and see through ruler. There are tons of tutorials out there, so feel free to research how to prepare bags for knitting to see what variation might be a best fit for you.
I flattened my bag.
I folded it once length wise. And then a second time (not shown). The goal was to cut 1/2 inch tube strips.
After having folded it twice total lengthwise, I grabbed my see through ruler and rotary cutter. There are 4 openings in the ruler that are equally spaced 1/2 inch apart. I lined one of them up as close to the bottom edge as possible, then cut the bottom strip off. While still holding the ruler in place, I can quickly cut 3 more tube strips. With the bag still in place, I would then move the ruler to the left, cutting 3 more strips each time until I reached the bottom of the handles.
The strips open out like the one below. The leftover handles might become a wreath. There is also a pile of leftover bits that might find their way to becoming packaging material.
I slipped the loops over my left hand (as I’m right handed) and let them hang from my arm. If you’ve ever played with hooking rubber bands together, you’ll know just what is in store for you. This lovely You Tube video by wingsrising shows you how to very quickly hook the loops together. One caution if you are creating 1/2 strips like me instead of the usual 1 inch strips, is that they are fairly delicate. If you hit a snag, be sure to tease and not pull. (Ask me how I know this!)
Here’s my plastic bag yarn after winding it on the ball winder.
I tend to keep this in a plastic zip sandwich bag with only 1 inch open for the yarn end. This stuff is like the slipperiest nylon novelty yarn!!
And for a coaster teaser…