Fabric Softener Recycled Bottle Craft- Crocheted Purse

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When the folks at Suavitel® asked me to try out their fabric softener that speeds up drying, I was very interested. You see, one of the things that we looked for when we purchased our RV was that it included a washer and dryer.  Since we plan on living in it full time, I did not want to spend a ton of time at laundromats.  Ah, college day memories…

Anyway, we discovered pretty quickly that the RV dryer takes a  lot of time to dry clothes. Sauvitel not only had a solution, but a pretty bottle to go along with it.  Hence, my Recycled Bottle Purse!

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Yep, you know I can’t seem to pass up a recycled project.  Especially a colorful one.

recycled bottle purse crochet pattern

But first, let’s talk about the fabric softener!  Suavitel® Fast Dry™ fabric conditioner actually wicks away water from fabric to help clothes dry 30% faster! Made especially for high efficiency washers, this nice sized bottle can complete 82 small loads!

But ultimately, it saves me a ton of time.  And what to do with that time?  Well, why not a craft?  Want to know how to make a pretty purse from that bottle?

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For this project I used:

One empty Suavitel Bottle (clean and dried)
Assorted colored yarn in bright colors
Pony Beads in bright colors
Matching ribbons
Hole puncher
Size H Crochet Hook
Colored Paper
Mod Podge

For your convenience, you can download the full pattern here: Recycled Bottle Purse Crochet Pattern

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Cut the plastic bottle evenly just under the handle to create a base for the purse.  My plan was to remove the label next, but the folks at Suavitel use some mighty fine glue.  So, my plans changed a bit.

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If you cannot remove the label, add a coat of Mod Podge and cover the label with pretty paper.

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Use a hole puncher to punch holes evenly around the top of the container.  Make your holes approximately 1/4” apart.  I found this little hole puncher at Walmart for under a dollar and practiced on paper first to see where I should line things up.

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I ended up with 48 holes.  (The number of holes that you end up with does not have to be the same).

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Crochet Pattern:

1st rnd: With white yarn, make 2 dc in each hole around the bottle. Join with a Sl St.

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This photo shows the first round completed.

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2nd rnd: Join dark blue yarn, Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * Skip 1 sp; 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

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3rd rnd: With pink yarn, string pony beads onto the yarn before beginning.  Count how many holes you have in the bottle and string that many beads.   Join Pink yarn.  Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * Move a bead into place, 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell. 

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Here is a close up of the beaded row.

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4th rnd: Join green yarn, Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

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5th rnd: Join orange yarn. ch 2, *work 1 dc into next dc of 3rd rnd (pink row), 1 sc into top of next cluster; rep from * around omitting sc at end, sl st to first sc.

6th rnd: Continue with orange yarn.  ch 2, dc in each st, Join with Sl St to top of first dc.  

7th rnd: Join yellow yarn, Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * Skip 1 sp; 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell. 

8th rnd: Join blue yarn. ch 2, *work 1 dc into next dc of 6th rnd (orange row), 1 sc into top of next cluster; rep from * around omitting sc at end, sl st to first sc.

9th rnd: Continue with blue yarn.  ch 2, dc in each st, Join with Sl St to top of first dc.

10th rnd: With white yarn, string pony beads onto the yarn before beginning.  Join white yarn.  Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * Move a bead into place, 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

11th rnd: (Decrease rnd)  Join green yarn, Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. *2 dc in next sp; 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

12th rnd: Continue with green yarn.  ch 2, dc in each st, Join with Sl St to top of first dc.

13th rnd: Join orange yarn.  Ch 2, 1 dc in first sp. * Skip 1 sp; 2 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

14th rnd: Join pink yarn. ch 2, *work 1 dc into next dc of 12th rnd (green row), 1 sc into top of next cluster; rep from * around omitting sc at end, sl st to first sc.

15th rnd: Continue with pink yarn.  ch 2, dc in each st, Join with Sl St to top of first dc.

16th rnd: Join blue yarn.   ch 2, trc in each st, Join with Sl St to top of first dc.

 17th rnd: (Trim) Join white yarn, Ch 2, 1 dc, 1 sc in first sp. * Skip 2 sp; 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Join with Sl St to top of first shell.

Finishing

Optional: run a pretty ribbon through any of the rows for another nice detail.

Finish by running a 24” long x 1” wide ribbon through the blue trc stitches at the top.  Gather and tie.

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Want to try out Suavitel?  You can find it at Walmart!  And check out all the other versions.  Lots of colorful projects there!

recycled bottle purse crochet pattern

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Kristi June 21, 2015, 11:57 pm

    What a fun idea! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  • Kathleen June 21, 2015, 9:30 am

    I haven’t seen this craft in years! We used to make little purses like this from margarine tubs when I was young. Thanks for the how-to and the memories.

  • Alexandra June 17, 2015, 5:57 pm

    This is one of the neatest ideas! Pinned.
    Would love if you shared this at our Yarn Fanatic Party – http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/06/yarn-fanatic-party-41-join-us-for-some.html.

  • Julie June 15, 2015, 1:02 pm

    What a really fun idea, the colours are bright and fab! This idea could be tweaked for so many different uses, I do love a good recycling project!

  • Kris Cain October 27, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Wow! What a neat idea. I love how you mixed all of the colors. My girls love to crochet and they would love this. #client

    Kris

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