Typically when one thinks of rags we envision something dirty, torn and just unattractive.  Elecia Cooper of Elecia's Creative I proves that rags are beautiful with her colorful, creative crochet designs.
Elecia shares these 3 beautiful crochet rag rug designs for all to enjoy - 
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D's Sunflower Rag Rug
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Sigma - Sigma - Sigma Rag Rug
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Watermelon Rag Rug
Need a basket for doll accessories - 

Barbie Doll Accessories Basket


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Please welcome Recycled  Into Yarn's  newest Recycled Designer, 
 
Elecia Cooper of Elecia's Creative I

You can read more about Elecia and the other recycled designers on 
the Meet the Designer page.


Let's see what existing Recycled Into Yarn's  Recycled Designer, 
Moira Crochets Plarn, has been up to - 
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Moira's newest 
free crochet pattern - 

Mary Jane Tarn Headband pattern

 
 
The name says it all - RecycleCindy.  Over the years, we have enjoyed with enormous pleasure the free patterns RecycleCindy has generously offered on her website and await with great eagerness what this fabulous designer will make next.

This creative designer has made things from children to adults, from kitchen/bath to rugs, from dolls to holidays.
  
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RecycleCindy has recently expanded her clothing/accessory line into a new territory - footwear. 

Recycled Plastic Bag Sandals

And why not?  I've always said that there is nothing that can't be made with plarn that can be made with regular yarn.  

Any plarn crafter knows that an item made with plarn is not only very durable but even washable. 

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   If you want to make a pair for yourself or surprise someone with a pair, RecycleCindy also offers an easy to follow tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags.  


Thank you again, RecycleCindy, for another fabulous design!!  

You can  read more about RecycleCindy and the other recycled designers 
on the 
'Meet The Designer'  page.
 
 
Market Bags are so versatile and an important accessory for any trip to the grocery store, farmer's market or produce stand.  

For some, a market bag is just as important or almost as important as .... coupons!!!  

But not just any market bag will do - especially not something mass produced.   

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And I think you'll agree with me that handmade is always much better .... 
you know how it is made and what it is made of.
 
That's what makes this market bag so irresistable. 

 Upcycled T-Shirt Yarn Knit Market Bag
designed by
Randi of Dukes and Duchesses

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Just think 5 t-shirts is all you need to knit one just like it yourself 

Randi will even show you how to make 
the t-shirt yarn with her step-by-step tutorial.

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Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's
newest Recycled Designer, 

Randi of Dukes and Duchesses
You can  read more about Randi and the other recycled designers on the 'Meet The Designer'  page.

 
 
When faced with the dilemna of what to do with curtains that are stored away taking up space, Cats Knit has the solution.  Easy - just make yarn!! 
And after you make the yarn, make rugs!!   This talented designer generously shares with us her knit rug patterns.   
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Curtain Yarn Rug #1
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Curtain Yarn Rug #2
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Just how easy is it to make Curtain Yarn, Cats Knits breaks the tutorial down in easy to follow steps.

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Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's
newest Recycled Designer, 
 Catrina Lawrence of Cats Knits.
(also on Ravelry)
You can read more about Stefanie and the other recycled designers on the
'Meet The Designer'  page.

 
 
We've all experienced a time when bed sheets have worn out their original use and that's typically evident  when the pattern is so faded you can't tell what it was.    That's when you know it's time to figure out what are you going to do with them.

Stefanie of A Common Thread has the answer ....repurpose those sheets into recycled rag yarn.   What can you make with recycled rag yarn?  A very comfortable knitted bath mat that feel so good under your footsies.
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Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's
newest Recycled Designer,
Stefanie Fail of A Common Thread.

You can read more about Stefanie and the other recycled designers on the
'Meet The Designer'  page.

 
 
Kayla not only enjoys coming up with new designs but enjoys giving them away as well to family and close friends.  Her designs are user-friendly and made to be enjoyed by everyone including the family pet, Tony.    

Kayla's most recent design is Tony's Toy Tote that was created with plarn and  finished with tarn.  This design is a successful example of how beautiful recycled yarn combinations can be. 
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If you need help in making plarn, Kayla has done an  awesome job with this instructional how-to  'Prepare Your Plarn' tutorial.

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Let us not overlook this very creative dish scrubby made from potatoes, onions, apples, and garlic food packaging mesh bags that Kayla recycled into yarn.

Please help me give a huge thank you to Kayla on her adorable free crochet patterns that she makes available on her website, Kayla K's Thirfty Ways for all to enjoy.
 
 
Developing a successful product line is a tremendous accomplishment for a designer.   But what is even more gratifying is knowing this product was created from repurposing no longer wanted t-shirts so they don't end up in the landfill.   That's what ReStitch Yarn has done and if you are lucky enough to live in Maine, you can find ReStitch Yarn in a store near you.  
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What can you make with t-shirt yarn?  Don't worry, ReStitch Yarn took care of that too by sharing  this free adorable knitted bib pattern she calls Babester Dos.

This will look so cute on your little one or as an adorable baby gift.
 

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Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea, ReStitch Yarn
 shares this  free Kindle Fire Cover
 pattern.

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Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's newest Recycled Designer, 
Polly of ReStitch Yarn

You can read more about Polly and the other recycled designers on the 
'Meet The Designers'  page.
 

 
 
Spring is in the air and nothing says spring like Nesting Baskets.  They are so multi-functional in that they not only can dress up a room but are also the perfect hiding place.    Place them in any room of the house and use for holding magazines to markers and toys to towels.  
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Petals to Picots shows us just how easy it is to crochet these Nesting Baskets by sharing her
Green Crocheting: Fabric Nesting Baskets Pattern.   

This is just one of the many innovative, cost affective ways to 'go green' using recycled fabric yarn.

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Petals to Picots
also shows us just how easy it is to re-purpose those old bed sheets, pillow cases and even
curtains that have lost their glamour by 
making fabric into yarn tutorial.

You can read more about Kara and the other recycled designers on the
'Meet The  Designers'  page.

Please visit the Petals to Picots website for other free patterns and tutorials.

Come back and visit soon because we're not done with Nesting Baskets yet!!!! 
Here's a hint - our next project is a Knit Plarn-Along ..........
 
 
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For those that aren't quite familiar with the technique of spinning, the best way to explain it is the art of applying a continuous twist on the recycled yarn.  This is accomplished by using a spinning wheel or drop spindle.  
 


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Spinning offers a unique but interesting texture that really does take the recycled yarn to a whole new  level.

The amount of twist,  making it thick or thin or even combining colors is an individual preference.    Handspun recycled yarn is very versatile and easily adaptable to any crochet, knit and even  weaving project.  

There's no limit to the types of recycled yarn you can spin - from plastic bag yarn to newspaper yarn.  

See for yourself just how much fun it can be.  KristyRecycles offers the following tutorials on spinning plarn with both a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.   
If you are a spinner, please share your experiences.  What has been the most unique or strangest thing you have spun??

Please come back and visit because Part 2 will be Spinning with VHS Tape.  You just have to see how this is done.
  

DON'T FORGET to cast your vote for the 1st Recycled Yarn-Along by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  See for yourself what is in the lead....
 
 
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On January 29th, Recycled Into Yarn will kick off the 1st Crochet or Knit Recycled Yarn-Along.  There's just no reason I can think of to wait any longer.

On January 29th, Recycled Into Yarn will kick off the 1st Crochet or Knit Recycled Yarn-Along.  There's just no reason I can think of to wait any longer.

Good question - what is a Recycled Yarn-Along?  It's an online opportunity for crafters to make the same project with recycled yarn.   You can share everything from your experience using the  yarn to showing off your  work-in-progress online along the way.  The pattern will be offered each week in segments and you work at your own pace.  The number of weeks is determined by the size of the pattern.   The awesome thing about  it is if you have questions or need help, there is plenty of support from others that are making the same project.   You don't have to sign up or commit to anything.     

So is it a crochet or knit pattern??  What is the pattern??  Both very good questions and the only way it can be answered ... absolutely no clue because you haven't said what you wanted yet!!!!    Okay, let's do this, Recycled Into Yarn will decide on the pattern if you decide whether it will be crochet or knit and what type of recycled yarn we will use. 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ....  Please cast your vote below.    Since the recycled yarn-along will be on the 29th, the polls will close at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  You'll need to come back and visit on the 25th so you can see what the final results are and even make pattern suggestions as well.  Reminder, Recycled Into Yarn  was created for you and is really all about you.  Spread the word and tell others about it. 
Now don't be upset if the recycled yarn you picked didn't come out ahead because we will be having a Recycled Yarn-Along for every type of recycled yarn.  

RECYCLED INTO YARN offers something for everyone!!!

RECYCLE DESIGNER
Submit your free crochet and/or knit pattern made with recycled yarn and get featured on the Recycled Into Yarn Home page and  Meet the Designers  page !!!

CRAFTERSubmit a picture of a finished item made with recycled yarn and get featured on the
Recycled Into Yarn Crafter's Photo Gallery page !!!!