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Crocheting Plarn Sleeping Mats?
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lew stookey
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Crocheting Plarn Sleeping Mats? on 03/22/2013 16:57:58 MDT Print View

I came across a very interesting idea to turn plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats. The West Virginia University Kanawa County Extension Service has a how to page on making plarn (plastic yarn) and how to crochet the plarn into sleeping mats. I couldn't paste the link into this page, but you can search it.

Does anyone in the ultralight community have experience with this?

Are they ultralight? Are they easy to make? Do they keep the cold at bay?

It looks like the mats may kind of stiff like closed cell foam.

Happy Trails

robert van putten

Locale: Planet Bob
Plastic shopping bag mats on 03/22/2013 18:03:06 MDT Print View

I had to look...

Found it here -

500 to 700 bags per mat!
But yeah, it would certainly work. Not sure how the warmth compaires to other mats though. My wife makes rag rugs ( among a very great many other things ) and has made a few rag rugs out of the same plastic shopping bags. I'm not sure, but I think she uses the bags whole, and simply braids three of them into a rope. She may be using more than three in the braid because they are quit thick, I'd have to ask her.

Anyway, then it's the same as any rag rug, coiling the long braid and stitching it together with a big needle and stout string like masons twine.

The few she has made were quite thick and soft ( perhaps an inch thick ) and I'd have no trouble sleeping on something like that at all. They are however, very bulky!
The ones she has made were given away to family and used as bathroom mats because they are water proof!