Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-friendly: Not harmful to the environment.

For the past few days I worked on creating a crop-top for an Eco-friendly fashion show. Made solely out of plastic bags, I recycled 70 of them in a variety of colors into plastic yarn aka Plarn. Using plastic to create *plarn* for use on mats, bags, or other items of use, helps prevent plastic bags from finding their way into the landfills. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose. (as per several internet sources)

I used 3 handmade natural wooden buttons that were made out of a fallen tree branch. The design on the back is an earth mandala. I added soft felt liners in the bust area to conceal and prevent discomfort from the plastic as it will be worn by the model without anything underneath. I have not made a video tutorial for this piece, but I have provided the free written pattern. Recycled plastic clothing may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed creating this unique piece for a great cause!

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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“Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.


Large Plastic Grocery Bags

Felt for Bust

Original Tacky Glue

-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I use)

Yarn Needle


Fiskars 5 Inch Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors


-This project uses less than 2000 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-There is NO video tutorial for this project.
-If the instructions are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this top are: Length from shoulder to bottom: 18 inches, Shoulders across: 15 inches, Waist: 34 inches, Bust 36 inches.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet


If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Make 2
Ch 38
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across, put [3DC, ch 1, 3DC] in last ch, work on opposite side of foundation HDC across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), HDC in each st, put [2DC, ch 1, 2 DC] in ch 1 sp, HDC in the rest of the sts, turn.
Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2 (until your piece is as big as you need it to be to cover chest)

Outer edge: Attach plarn to bottom right corner of your piece. Ch up 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, DC in 20 sts, HDC in 16 sts, SC in 10 sts (or the rest of the sts until ch 1 sp), [2SC, ch 1, 2SC] in ch 1 sp, SC in 10 sts, HDC in 16 sts, DC in last 20 sts (or opposite of other side), [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC along the bottom side of the piece, sl st to beg. Fasten off.

Center Front:
On one panel, start in the bottom left corner of the panel, Ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts.  Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

On the other panel, start in the bottom right corner of the panel, ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts, Fasten off.
Sew both front pieces together.

On each panel:
Row 1: Attach yarn to Bottom corner ch 2 sp, ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same sp, DC in next 30 sts, turn.
Row 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing on one side. and short tail on the other side. Weave in the end of the short tail.

Ch 6, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as st), 11 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch up 3, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3. (24)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 3, SC in next, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (24)
Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp, Ch up 3, DC in same sp, *ch 1, 2 DC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch up 3.
Rnd 5: Ch up 1, HDC in same st, HDC in each st and each ch 1 sp around, sl st to first HDC.
Rnd 6: In any st: Ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same st, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in 3 sts, SC in 6 sts, HDC in 3 sts, DC in 2, 2 DC in next, ch 2, 2 DC in next, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3. (square made–20 sts on each side)
Rnd 7: In ch 2 sp: Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *DC in each st across, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 8-10: Repeat Round 7
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.

Right Side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-5: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.
Sew buttons to row 5 of the Right Side.

Assembly Step:
Sew pieces together using photos as a guide.
FDC until your piece is 15 inches (36 Foundation DC) Fasten off with long tail.
Sew straps to piece.
Add felt in the bust area by gluing it in.


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See how great this piece looks?! I love it!!

4 responses

  1. Love it! I’m too old for such a pretty top but its always nice to see plarn patterns that aren’t tote bags! 😆 Heading over to look at your other plarn projects. Blessings to you!

  2. Pingback: My Contribution to an Eco-Friendly Fashion Show! « YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad

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