Crochet Sleeping Mats for Unhoused Folks, Using Plastic Grocery Bags

Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful sleeping mats to benefit people who are experiencing homelessness.

Anita is leading this wonderful project on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except December).

Bring your plastic grocery bags, the only bags we can use are the ones they put your groceries in at the register.

We are always in need of bags, so bring any plastic grocery bags you have, can collect, scrounge, etc. to any meetings or events that you attend. You don't have to crochet if you don't want to; you can make "plarn" (plastic yarn).

For those of you who have attended previous classes, please bring the crochet hook that you bought from Anita. If you have a 10mm or 11mm hook, please bring it. Anita will have hooks available for those who don't have one.

If any previous class attendees have finished or partially done mats, please bring them. Also bring any plastic yarn ("plarn") you have made.

In addition to your Meetup RSVP, please also RSVP to Anita at . Thank you.

This project is not suitable for young children.

See you there,


These are very useful items for people who must sleep on the ground.

Here is a video explaining the project.

And here is an instruction video on how to do single crochet. You will want to start with the instructions at about minute 3:35 (please ignore the Hobby Lobby ad). Note that she holds her hook differently. You can use either this position or the position that Anita teachs you. Either is correct, it's just a matter of comfort and control.

single crochet stitch for beginners - Bing Videos (

Feel free to bring your beverage of choice and if you'd like to share some snacks, it's always appreciated!

Thank you!

July 8th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MESA, AZ 85201-4009
United States
Mobile: (480) 844-5044