Thursday, September 22, 2011

crafting with grandma - Plastic Bag Bracelets!

I'm delighted to share with you a pattern I found on-line for an adorable bracelet made from Plarn - obtained from transparent plastic bags! Not only will you be able to help your grandchildren learn to make something new, but they will also be able to recycle at the same time!

Skill Level:
Easy
Materials:
  • Transparent plarn cut into 1/8-in strips
  • polyester thread of any color
  • 16 pcs of 1.0-cm metal rings
  • 1 pc 12-mm lobster lock
  • Crochet Hook: Steel Hook No. 7
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Long Nose Pliers
Project Instructions
  • Join the plarn and polyester thread to a metal ring. (Follow this link to learn how to make plarn)
  • Ch 1, 6 sc in ring.
  • (6 sc in the next metal ring) 13x.
  • 12 sc around the last metal ring.
  • (6 sc in the next metal ring) 14x.
  • Sl st to ch-1.
Finishing
Your FO by now must be twisty, it won't lie flat. To make it do so, iron the bracelet between two pieces of paper until it sticks to the paper. You have to keep checking. Otherwise, the plarn will be melted, the crochet details will be lost in the process and the paper will stick to your bracelet. And it's not easy to remove. Drawing paper seems to work best for me because its thick enough it can distribute heat slowly.

Assembly
Attach the remaining metal rings at one end. On these, attach the lobster lock.



As you work on this project with your grandchildren, talk with them about the people they are making the bracelets for and lead them in praying for these people!

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