Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Redneck Doilies

I was inspired to make these after seeing this t-shirt rug in Family Fun Magazine awhile back.  I figured if you can make these out of t-shirt yarn, then why not make them with plastic bag yarn?
This project costs little to nothing to make, and it's very easy so you can make them with kids.
You can view this post for detailed instructions on how to make plastic bag yarn. 
But first, you will need an 18 inch embroidery hoop or metal wreath form. 
Take 8 plastic loops, about 1 inch wide, and stretch them over the hoop.  Arrange them like spokes in a wheel.  You will have to push 2 of them together so that you will have an odd number of spokes.

Then take another plastic loop and thread it through the middle of the loop, and then back through itself.
Begin weaving the loop in and out of the spokes, going around the circle.

Note: Instead of looping all of the plastic loops together as it instucts in the post about making plastic yarn, it may be easier to use one loop at a time and add more as needed.
Keep weaving around and around the circle, adding more plastic loops as you go.

Once your circle is about 8 inches in diameter, you will want to separate each spoke of the wheel into separate strands and begin weaving in and out of each strand.  It will help to support the structure of your circle.
Keep going until your circle is 2-3 inches away from the inside of your hoop.
Weave the end of your last plastic strip into the body of your circle.  Take a pair of scissors and cut each spoke at the top.  Tie the 2 ends of each spoke together.
And then you should have something like this:

There are several things that you can use these for.  Here are just a few examples that I thought of:

    • Chair/seat cover
    • Placemat
    • Coasters (make them 4 inches in diameter)
    • Pillow covers (make 2 and sew together)
    • Doilies
If you use your imagination I'm sure you could think of a few more uses.  Let me know in the comments if you can think of any more!

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