Bag Saver for Plastic Bags

29 Apr

A bag saver is fab for storing plastic shopping bags and even better for trips to the supermarket, being eco-friendly and re-using your own bags or when you’re visiting a store that charges for grocery bags e.g. Aldi. Even if you just recycle your plastic bags or re-use them as bin liners, a plastic bag tidy is a great de-cluttering storage solution. :)

Most crochet (and knitting) fans will have a favourite bag saver pattern but here is my very simple crochet version. ;) It’s designed for super chunky yarn; for the sample photo I actually used Aran weight yarn, held doubled, to get the correct gauge.

Don’t forget your turning chains and to join your rounds with a slip stitch! Yes, yes, teach your grandmother, etc. However, several times I’ve started a circular project, gotten a couple of rounds in and realised they were getting squint… Let’s just say: if I had a penny for every time I’ve frogged a couple of rounds in, well, I wouldn’t be rich but it does happen too often! ;)

Crochet bag saver


Elastic hair band/bobble
Yarn equal to super chunky weight
8 mm (US 11) crochet hook

Bag Saver Pattern

Cast on 16 sts around the hair band (multiples of 2, if you need to vary the size – cast on should completely cover the hair band).

Rnds 1-2: dc all sts [16 dc]
Next rnds (to required length): ch3 (counts as tr plus ch1), *(tr into 2nd st, ch1); rep from * to end [8 tr, 8 ch]
Last rnd: dc all sts [16 dc]

Make a chain of 12 (3/4 of the bag saver width) and attach to the opposite side of the bag saver top edge (8th st from ch) with a sl st. Work one further sl st, for security. Fasten off and weave in ends.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tr = treble (US: double crochet)


One Response to “Bag Saver for Plastic Bags”

  1. Molly May 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I really like this idea and will look at some tutorials to help me start to learn the basics of crochet!

    ♡ Molly

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