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CREW ‘plarn’ party boosts church youth group project

By Staff | May 15, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the CREW youth group and Green Team at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, as well as others, combined forces to follow all the steps necessary to turn plastic grocery bags into cushiony woven mats for use by the homeless and victims of natural disasters.
PHOTO PROVIDED Annabel Crater stretches out a length of “plarn” — plastic bag yarn — one of the many steps in creating mats for the homeless and victims of natural disasters.

Pizza and “plarn” – plastic bag yarn – were recently on the menu at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ when the CREW youth group, church members, the Green Team, Parish Nurse Linda Convertine and others got together to help with a project CREW undertook earlier this year.

The goal was to transform plastic grocery bags into mats that will be provided to homeless individuals and victims of natural disasters.

Thanks to church members and others who donated hundreds of plastic grocery bags, the group had plenty of raw materials for their project. And thanks to Dean Skaugstad, who built looms to the required specifications, CREW has the tools needed to continue the effort.

Leaders on hand to offer instruction also pitched in as the bags were sorted, cut, tied into strips and arranged on the looms. Weaving the plarn results in a cushiony “fabric.” Each mat is made by joining together two of the woven sections.

The multigenerational group, ranging in age from 8 to 80, collaborated on the task at hand.