Community Service: Crotcheting Sleeping Mats

The program’s student organization invited local Billings’ community group, Sleeping Mats with a Purpose, to teach students how to use “plarn”, or plastic yarn, to crochet sleeping mats for homeless or transient persons. Using plastic grocery bags, students folded, tied, and wove the bags to begin the process of creating what usually ends up consisting of a 3 feet wide by 6 feet long sleeping mat. The mats allow users to have a safe buffer between themselves and the ground, as well as keeping traditional blankets drier. Furthermore, the mats consist of ties and a strap, which allows for manageable and easy transport.


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Charles Morledge Science Building