Amazon Package Recycle Project

I have a few questions for you:

Do you purchase many items on-line? Do receive several cardboard boxes and padded envelopes each week? Does it bother you that the padded envelopes cannot be recycled with your usual recyclables?

Sad padded envelopes – bummin’ that they aren’t recyclable

Well, we buy many things on-line and receive several padded envelopes each week and it bothers me quite a bit that I can’t recycle them. All that plastic goes in the landfill to never breakdown and makes for mountains of waste from millions of homes all across the world. I also can’t bring myself to throw any of these padded envelopes away.

I come from a family of savers and recyclers which also means I come from a long line of crafty, creative and clever women who know how to be thrifty and resourceful with what they have on hand.

So . . . .in keeping with the family traditions and practices, I came up with this new design to re-purpose some of our Amazon packages and put them to good use! By stacking and packing a bunch of the envelopes together, they make a great solid base for a floor pillow that, so far, the whole family loves, including our little Sadie (see photos below).

Yay! A recycle project for us!

This project uses thick yarn and simple stitches – a great combination for success! And to help you be successful I’ve created a video tutorial to show you all steps of this project: gathering supplies, creating the base, crocheting the pillow and having fun with the fringe.

(Btw, don’t you just LOVE this fringe?! It was fun to see it work up around the edge and I even came up with my own version of how to make it quicker and easier than I originally learned – you’ll see that too in the video tutorial that you can watch right here!)

Skill Level: Easy


34″ long x 23″ wide (not including fringe)

Fringe = 2 1/2″ long


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Bernat Blanket yarn (Super Bulky) in Colors:

Blue Velvet (Light Blue, Top Piece) – 2 skeins

Lapis (Dark blue, Back pieces and joining round) – 1 skein

North Sea (Variegated blues, Fringe edging) – 1 skein

**These colors are from the “Coastal Collection”**

L/11/8mm crochet hook

Used padded envelopes (20-40)

Plastic garbage bag (27″ l  x 23″ w ) and packing tape

Decorator foam or egg crate mattress pad (30″w x 51″ l)

Cotton fabric & sewing supplies or safety pins (optional)

Special Stitches:

Tr (treble): YO twice, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times

Topstitch: Put starting loop on hook; At bottom of crocheted fabric but just over bottom edge, insert hook into project; [YO on back side of fabric with working yarn; pull a loop through the project and through the loop on your hook; insert hook into next space in project] Repeat across project/fabric

Twisted Fringe: [Sc into next st; * pull out working loop so about 8” long; twist loop 20 times with hook; fold this twisted loop in half and let fibers go – twisted yarn should automatically twist up more on itself; sl st into center of sc just made] Repeat around project


Top Piece

With Blue Velvet ch 50

Row 1 (Wrong Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (49 sc)

Row 2 (Right Side):  Ch 1, sc in next 6 sts; ch 1, sk next st; [sc in next 11 sts; ch 1, sk next st] 3 times; sc in last 6 sts. Turn. (4 ch-1 sps)

Row 3 (Wrong Side):  Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp across. Turn.

Row 4 (Right Side): Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts; [*tr in skipped st 2 rows below (under ch-1 sp); sk next st (on current row),  sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st, tr in same skipped st 2 rows below (completes the “V”), sk next st (on current row); *  sc in each of next 7 sts] 3 times; Repeat * to * 1 time; sc in last 4 sts. Turn. (4 “V’s”)

Rows 5 – 69: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 – 32 times (33 “V’s”) Fasten off.


With Lapis work Top Stitch (see Special Stitches) in between columns of “V’s” using photo as a guide

Weave in ends

Back Pieces – Make 2:

With Lapis ch 47

Row 1:  Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across. Turn. (45 dc)

Row 2:  Ch 2, dc in each st across.

Rows 3-21: Repeat Row 2 -19 times. Fasten off.


Clip or pin wrong sides together of Top piece and 2 Back pieces according to diagram. With Lapis and with Top Right Side facing, sc around entire edge making sure to insert hook through all layers. Fasten off.


With North Sea join with a sc in any st along edge just created by joining all pieces with Lapis color; Work Twisted Fringe (see Special Stitches) around entire edge (starting at the * for just the first fringe stitch – then repeat the entire stitching inside the [ ])


Make Pillow Form/Base:

Insert 20 to 40 used padded envelopes into a plastic garbage bag making sure thickness is even across (3-4″)

Seal with packing tape

Here is a snapshot of me showing the base – more details of how to put it all together in the video tutorial here

Wrap in a layer of decorator foam

Cover with cotton fabric or an old sheet – sew or pin in place

Insert base into crocheted project

And there you have it – Your Recycle Crochet Floor Pillow is complete!

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6 thoughts on “Amazon Package Recycle Project

  1. I love the pattern on the front of this furbaby pillow and would love to make a larger blanket.
    What are the stitch multiples for the pattern please. Im not very good at figuring that out. 🙂

    1. Hello! Thank you for stopping by – glad you like this project.
      In order to make a blanket you would use a multiple of 41 (to go by the 4 columns of the textured stitch) + 9 for your starting chain- You would work Row 2 as written but repeat the [ ] section 3 more times for every multiple of 41 you used to create the chain; Then for Row 4 you would start with 4 scs and work the repeat parts as written until you get to the last 4 sts of the row; work a sc in each of the last 4 sts of the row. Hope this helps! Happy crocheting 🙂

  2. I love your Celtic Knot projects; I’m making some of them for unique Christmas presents this year. But I’m making the Recycle Floor Pillow for myself and the furbabies who especially like soft, comfy pillows to lounge on. Thanks for the lovely patterns.

    1. You are welcome for the patterns! Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. I am so glad to hear that you are making some of the Celtic Knot projects for Christmas presents and the pillow for your furbabies – Send a photo of all to my email (on the About page) if you think of it – would love to see them – Happy crocheting! 🙂

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