Sunday, October 24, 2021

A variety of crafts

I have been doing some crafting when I have free time at work. Hubby and I get our local newspaper delivered each day. The paper comes in a plastic bag. I have been cutting those plastic bags into strips and making plarn (plastic yarn). When I thought I had enough plarn I started crocheting a pumpkin. It is stuffed with even more plastic bags. Here is the way it came out. 

 It looks like it was made with a tweed yarn, but it is all clear bags that have some black printing on them. 

Next I have decided to stitch some small Christmas ornaments on my free time. They are small and easy to put down when a student comes into my classroom for math help. 

I have added some stitches to Santa. I am going to try to finish whole areas of this at a time now so I can see the progress. I am still hoping I might finish this for Christmas. Of course having to frog a whole section that I had just stitched yesterday did not help that goal. 

I have added a few rows to the Baby Elephant Blanket. I have 37 of 106 rows completed.

I have also been remiss in not mentioning a wonderful purchase that I recently made. Isn't that wooden quilt block in the photo below absolutely wonderful!

Rick, the honey of Kathi from Designoriginalsbykc, made this gorgeous piece. He is a very talented woodworker and I am in love with my purchase. It is a great addition to my living room.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I will be working on the backstitching on the secret project.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a great idea for the plastic bags .Santa is growing and looking fab.
    Love your wall heart and your Christmas stitching look wonderful.

  2. What a neat way to reuse plastic bags! Nice to have a little project or two to work on in the quiet moments between students. I don’t like unstitching either! Your card trick wooden block is gorgeous!

  3. Wow on the plarn! That is a really cool idea. It does look like tweed yarn. I hope you finish your pretty cross stitching in time for Christmas! Love that wooden quilt block. I'm going to show my husband to see if he could make something like that, but wood is so expensive right now!

  4. Hope you finish Santa in time for this Christmas. Sorry aboyt the nstitching area...
    Neat use of those plastic bags.

  5. Hi,
    Cool idea using plastic to crochet. I've seen it around, but never tried it. I like your wooden quilt block...really cute. Have a great day!

  6. What a fun idea to make "plarn"! It would make some interesting snowmen for Christmas too!
    Your new wooden card trick block is fabulous!

  7. That plarn pumpkin is adorable, and you are making great progress of the elephant blanket and the Santa. The wood quilt block is lovely.

  8. Great projects, and what an inventive use of those plastic bags! Hope you have a great week!

  9. I like your pumpkin, very clever! In the uk we have to buy our plastic bags now so it's not something I have around any more. Santa is just gorgeous, I'm really looking forward to seeing him finished. And your new wooden quilt block panel is fabulous. Is each section stained?

  10. What a great word "plarn" is. Fabulous you made the sweet little pumpkin from it. Was the plastic easy to crochet with? The wooden quilt block is beautiful. I think Kathi's husband is on a winner. Love the sweet little little Baby Elephant blanket; this is going to be adorable.

  11. The yarn made of plastic bags is fascinating - I've never heard of that before! Looks like you have some fun starts on the Christmas ornaments, too. The wooden quilt block for your wall is beautiful! He is definitely a talented woodworker.

  12. Hi Cathie: Your pumpkin is adorable, it does look like a tweed pumpkin, plarn perfect name for the plastic yarn.
    Your Santa is beautiful, the green makes the Santa really pop out.
    Nice ornaments, the second one with the hearts, can you tell me the name of the design?
    Nice display on your wall.


  13. looks like you have a bit more time for your crafting (or maybe not..) but I love the projects you are currently working on.


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