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Supermarket carrier bags

Supermarket carrier bags

Knit your own carrier bag!

Have you got a huge pile of plastic bags living under the sink. Don’t know what to do with them? Why not knit them up into a new bag?

Jean Starr from Sundon Park in Luton does just that!

By cutting the bags into strips and joining them together Jean transforms this basic material into a useable fabric from which to knit a bag.

BBC Three Counties Radio Breakfast Show presenter Stephen Rhodes went along to find out more!

"I saw an article in a newspaper about knitting up your old supermarket carrier bags and I thought 'that's a good idea' so I went ahead and had a go myself!" explained Jean.

"I'm not normally a knitter" said Jean "But I decided to have a go – and found it really therapeutic!"

"I go to the supermarket every week and the girls on the checkout always pass comment on my bag - especially when I tell them I made it myself!

"My knitted bags will last me a long time, unlike the supermarket bags which only last for one trip – usually by the time you get home the handles have gone and you can't use them again.  Now we're recycling them rather than putting them in the bin!"

Listen to the full interview here:

To knit a new bag you will need a good supply of old bags – it takes about 20 plastic carrier bags to make one tote bag.

The plastic bags then need to be cut into long thin strips to form a yarn.  Cut off the handles and cut around the bag in a spiral to make a good long continuous strip - use chunky knitting needles for the best results.

Bag made from supermarket carrier bags

You decide which colours to use!

You can even mix and match the bags to provide interest. The orange of the Sainsbury bags with the yellow of the Wilkinson's bag and green of the M&S bag for example - the choice is yours!

The sides then need to be sewn together with thin strips of carrier bag to make the new bag.  Knit a couple of narrow strips for the handles and you've done it!

How long do they last? Well the first bag Jean knitted over a year and a half ago is still going strong. What a great way to recycle!

last updated: 25/09/2008 at 10:53
created: 25/09/2008

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