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Published September 23rd 2019
Re-using plastic bags in an old world craft
Old-world crafts are making a serious comeback. Why not adopt an old pastime by upcycling a soft plastic bag? Hand-in-hand with the anti-plastic movement sweeping the globe, it's an inexpensive way to cut back on your impact on landfill, while improving your wardrobe.

Plastic Bag Up-Cycling
Plastic Bag Up-Cycling


We're all trying to reduce our environmental impact, but it's still difficult to rid our lives of plastic entirely. In the meantime, using your soft plastics in considered and thoughtful ways is something of a stop-gap measure.

Coat hanger covering is a weekend activity that will tick all the boxes. It costs nothing as all the materials are likely to be in your house already. As an added bonus, you clear out unwanted plastic bags in a creative endeavour.

Uncovered wooden coat hangers can leave poke-marks in your clothes. By covering them, you can achieve a smoother and gentler result for your clothes, and reduce the slipping of wide-necked garments off the ends of the hanger.

All you need is a plastic bag, an old wooden coat-hanger (check in your wardrobe), some scissors, and a pair of knitting needles. The plastic bag needs to be as pliable as possible.

Bread bags are ideal
Bread bags are ideal


Bread bags are ideal. Many years ago, my grandmother used to knit-up plastic bags in this way, and purchased bread based on the colours of the bag it was sold in!


Cut plastic the width of your finger
Cut plastic strips the width of your finger


Transparent bags will render a silvery effect and are quite fine to use. Cut your bag into a long single strip, about the width of one of your fingers. Depending on the tension with which you knit, you will need one large bread bag to cover one wooden coat-hanger.

A great pattern for covering basic wooden coat-hangers is available here. You will also find additional patterns for a range of coat-hanger types on this same link. To cover the hanging hook, simply wind your stranded plastic around and secure.



Knitting with plastic is not as silky smooth as yarn, and the resulting texture is very firm and stiff. Metal knitting needles are recommended over plastic ones.



Upcycled Plastic Coat-hangers are a practical and quirky house-warming gift. Try cutting up worn clothes that are unfit to send to the op shop or your old net curtains. The design possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Plastic Up-Cycling with a difference
Plastic Up-Cycling with a difference
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An interesting idea.
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