Look what I made!
Just playing with some thrift store finds. Sometimes I get an idea and I just have to act on it right now!
A week ago or so, my car was in the shop and so I was without a car. I had to go to the thrift store that day so my husband kindly dropped me off on his way to work ... I than walked home.
Well, little did I know that I would be walking home with bags of wool sweaters and suits!
Plant pouches ... so fun, super simple and look how cute they are on a chain linked fence!
Here's What You Do:
- Gather or purchase old wool sweaters.
- Toss them into the washer. Wash the sweaters using really hot water and a little bit of laundry detergent and start the washer.
- Check on the sweaters every 10 minutes or so. You don't want the sweaters to over-felt and become super thick.
- Hang the sweaters out to dry or lay them flat on towels. This could take a good day or so!
- Next, cut out a portion of the sweater that measures roughly 6 x 15 inches.
- Overlap the seam and whip stitch it together with a large eye needle and yarn. Machine stitch across the bottom seam, then add a running stitch to the bottom of the pouch.
- Embellish the pouch with hanging buttons or dotted with buttons all over the pouch.
- Cut a length of steel wire approximately 24 inches long. Poke the ends of the wire into the sides of the pouch and twist together. Make sure the wire is secured about an inch down from the top of the pouch.
- Snip small holes into the bottom of a sandwich bag. I really like the ones that have the extra heavy zip lock tops. Makes it easy to add the soil and the plant.
- Fill the bag with potting soil, and then slip the bag into the pouch just to make sure it fits. Take the bag out of the pouch and pot your pony pack plant or two.
- Slip the potted bag back into the pouch and arrange the stems and flowers around the wire hanger. Hang and display anywhere you'd like!
- Note: You can water the plant while it's still in the pouch if you have them displayed outside. Excess water will just drip out the bottom, though some water will get absorbed into the wool.
Hop on over to Lark Crafts and check out other felt projects, as they continue to celebrate the release of their latest book, Stash Happy Felt! Flip through the book and see a couple of my projects in there.
Oh and ... I had the good furtune of photographing that book as well!
Now go pot some plants in those felted old wool sweaters!