Things got rolling when my mom took some bags to church with her. Not only did she sell the bags, but the church ladies offered to bring her their excess shopping bags. Soon, things were going so fast I had to crochet all day most days to keep up with the orders. Next, the project took over my house. There is plarn all over the bedroom. There are plastic bags all over the laundry room, the kitchen and the living room. Mom was still hauling giant bags of bags home with her every Sunday and her house got filled, and her garage is filling. Be warned : this is a time and space consuming hobby.
We seem to have filled the demand at one church. Everbody that wants a bag has one. Several people bought them in bulk. Looking for new ways to sell these bags, I checked out Etsy. Nope, there are already thousands of plarn bags out there. If I find a good marketing strategy I'll let you know. In the meantime, here is a sample of the bags I have made:
If anyone is interested, I can supply crocheting directions, but it is really very easy. Using single crochet make a rectangle the size you want the bottom of your bag. Then crochet around the edges of your rectangle in continuous rows. Walls will rise. You can then make your bag as tall as you like. the straps are 4 rows of any length you like and sewn on.
I have broken down and actually bought bags from Store Supply to get the colors I want. Another way to get specific colors is to buy disposable plastic table cloths and cut them into strips. The downside on using the tablecloths is that you have lots and lots of ends to weave in. So tedious, but sometimes only the right color will do.