How to Make mats for the Homeless

Looking for a way to pay it forward in your own community. Here it is! All it takes is some plastic grocery bags, a rotary cutter and a mat, a ruler, and a crochet hook. Pretty easy!

Collect CLEAN plastic bags from the grocery store, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.

  • The store t-shirt bags are what the mats are made of.
  • The bags need to be in good shape — not full of holes.

Fold the bags to their original shape.

Cut the bags into 2.5 inch strips.

Make plastic yarn (PLARN).

  • Link the strips to form PLARN and roll into balls. (Typically put together 600 strips to form 1 ball.)
  • Then it takes between 5 and 6 balls to complete a mat.
  • That is a total of 3000-3600 strips or 600-700 bags per mat.

Crochet the mat into a 3 foot by 6 foot mat.

  • It is a single crochet with a size P or Q Hook.
    (I perfer the size Q hook.)
  • Make a chain 36 inches long which is about 66 chains. Make the loops loose with a little space between each loop.
  • Make an extra loop at the end to use as your turning point.
  • Start at the 3rd loop to make your second row.
  • Continue until the mat is 6 feet long.
  • Crochet from front to back so that it does not pucker up.
  • Crochet 2 rows of a single crochet to form a tie that is 80 inches long.
  • Connect the tie to the mat so the mat can be rolled up and carried like a sleeping bag.

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