What is... Plarn?

Date: 3rd May 2014 | Category: Tutorials, What is?


What is... Plarn?

Plarn is quite simply; plastic yarn. Usually made by cutting strips of plastic shopping bags plarn has many uses and because of the durability of plastic it can make a great, sturdy (and wipe-clean!) alternative to traditional crochet.

In issue 34 we featured a pair of brilliant earrings by Helen Walsh that were ironed after completition, melting the plarn and creating a hard, durable pair of earrings (left)


  • Cut the handles and bottom off of a plastic bag
  • Cut a continuous spiral strip 0.5-1cm wide around the bottom and wind



  • Lay the plastic bag on a flat surface, smoothing out any creases
  • Fold the bag in half (width ways so the handles meet), then fold it in half again
  • Fold in half again (you should now have a long, thin rectangle)
  • Carefully cut the bag into 1-2cm thick loops, discarding both the bottom and handles
  • Knot the loops together and roll into a ball

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