Getting the most from the plastic milkbag

When we talk about making 10 or 11 or 12 cuts for the strips, it only makes sense to ensure we’re using the same length of a bag! And since the idea is to maximise the bag, and minimise the plastic waste, might as well make sure we use up the whole bag for strips, and not having any too-narrow strips that have to be thrown out.

A lot of instructions talk about cutting the bottom of the bag off — but that loses you maybe a quarter of an inch — well, if you cut consistently. If you aren’t always consistent, though (we’re not robots, after all!), then you end up with bags of slightly different lengths.

I don’t cut the bottom off, I just make little triangle cuts at the two corners, and then slide my scissors along to slit the bottom open. This means I don’t lose about a 1/4-in of plastic from the bottom. It’s important to know this, because it affects how wide the cuts will be as you distribute the 10 or 11 cuts along the length of the bag.

If this doesn’t make sense to you right now, go to the 5 March 2012 post `Milkbag crochet work’ for general cutting instructions.

Anyways, the point is that I use the maximum length of the milkbag by slitting the bottom rather than cutting it off.


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