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Source: Courtesy of Fran Bertalli

75-Year-Old Woman Upcycled Wegmans Plastic Bags to Knit a Skirt Suit, And She Looks Fabulous


If you have a secret cabinet that's overflowing with plastic shopping bags, the work of a crafty 75-year-old woman may inspire you to upcycle your hidden stash into a fashion statement instead of sending the whole lot to landfill. As reported by TODAY Style, Rosa Ferrigno of Greece, New York has mastered the art of plastic bag-knitting, and she used her talent to turn more than 300 Wegmans bags into purses and a skirt suit.

Local news outlet Democrat & Chronicle spoke with Ferrigno and her daughter, Fran Bertalli, about Ferrigno's inspiration for the project. As Bertalli told the website, while at a family picnic over the summer, the mother and daughter noticed someone carrying a purse made from plastic bags. They went on YouTube to learn how the bags are made, and Ferrigno proceeded to make two purses; one that she knitted from JC Penney bags, and another that she braided from Wegmans bags.