Ever since the New Year, there are various articles and news reports (Bag Ladies) are popping up everywhere - social media, the news, etc. on making sleeping mats for the homeless. So before you toss any plastic grocery bag into the recycle bin, just think about how that bag could keep someone from sleeping on a dirty surface.
Just in case you are interested in making one of these, an extensive online search was conducted to learn more about the construction of how to make a Sleeping Mat.
If you are interested in making one of these, a typical Homeless Sleeping Mat measures 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall. It will take approximately 500 to 700 plastic bags cut either 2 1/2" or 3" wide.
Once you've gathered your plastic bags, click the button below to visit the Recycled Into Yarn's How to Make Plastic Yarn Tutorial Page.
Now that you have plastic yarn galore, grab a size O, P or Q Crochet Hook or size that you are comfortable with.
And you need to know how to chain and single crochet. If you don't know how to do these stitches, no problem ... Recycled Into Yarn Designer, Amy Solovay, will teach you how in no time. Click the buttons below to see her detailed instructions with pictures.
The pattern to make a Crochet Homeless Sleeping Mat -
Starting Row: Make a chain long enough that measures 3 foot.
Row 2: Single crochet in the second chain from hook and in each chain across
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, make a single crochet in each single crochet stitch across. Repeat row 3 until the mat measures approximately 6 feet long. Finish off and weave in any loose ends needed.
Below are a few websites found that offer additional information and crochet instructions.
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