Now if you are looking for sensible DIY planters you have come to the wrong place but while you're here you may as well have a good laugh!
My planters are not sensible but they are definitely practical, versatile, volatile, and good for a while. I loved making them and so might you!
I reckon this creation of mine is very practical. You can take it and hang it anywhere indoors or out. You can give your indoor herbs a bit of full sun and fresh air by hanging them outside your window, on a patio, or in the garden while you hang out your laundry throughout the summer.
Pegs go in the back while your herbs hang about on the front and there are pockets for seeds and things.
Do you think I would have a chance in the Dragon's Den? That's a UK TV program where entrepreneurs present new businesses before a panel of rich business buffs who will either kill off your business for good, or throw in thousands of pounds for more than half the cut if you succeed.
Hmmm! On second thoughts I think I'd rather go it solo.
Lay out the fabric and fold it in half lengthwise. Mark all the measurements on your fabric making sure the wire hanger fits within the dimensions and use it to mark the top slanting edges.
Pin the paper halve circle for the facing with the straight side on the fold line at the top left. Cut out all the pieces of the DIY planter and cut along the slanting lines to shape the top. Do not cut along the fold lines.
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You should have 6 Pieces. 1 circular facing, 1 back, 1 front, 2 harness strips, and 1 multi-pocket piece.
Unfold the facing, the harness strips and the multi-pocket piece. One of the harness strips will be cut into 3 harness tabs. Take note of the red dash lines in the diagrams. They represent stitching.
Drawing 3 - Making the Back
Lay the back piece with right side up. Pin the circular facing with right side down onto the back piece just overlapping the half way line.
Stitch 2cm from the edge around the circumference. Cut out the centre 1 cm away from the stitching leaving a seam allowance.
Drawing 4, 5 and 6
Cut out the centre 1 cm away from the stitching leaving a seam allowance.
Snip around the seam allowance and press the facing inwards to the centre.
Top stitch close to the pressed edge then turn inwards, press and top stitch 1cm from edge.
Drawing 7 – Making the Front
Fold along the length of 1 harness strip and press. Turn in both raw edges 1 cm and press. Top stitch along the fold but not the turned in edges yet. Cut to required length of 86 1/2cm.
Now do the same with the other strip for the harness tabs but top stitch the fold and the turned in edges and press. Cut the strip into 3 equal tabs 19 cm long.
Find the middle of the harness strip and insert a tab 1 cm between the turned in edges. Pin it in place. Insert the other 2 tabs 15 3/4cm from both ends of the harness strip. Pin them in place.
Now stitch along the entire length of the harness strip catching in all 3 tabs.
Measure 10cm down each side of the front piece of the DIY planter from the top corners and mark with chalk. Draw a line from one mark across to the other.
Measure 24cm along the line to find the centre and pin the middle tab. Now measure 15 1/2cm from the centre and pin the other 2 tabs.
Attach each tab to the front piece by stitching 5cm down each side and and across.
Now turn the harness upward and pin the ends along the edges of the front piece 7cm down from the top corners.
You will need your plant pots for adjusting and pinning the harness in its final position. Make sure the harness is hugging them but not too tight.
Pin at both sides of each plant pot and then remove them. Now stitch across the harness strip at each pin then along the top and bottom edges.
Turn in and press a double 1 cm seam along 1 edge of the multi-pocket strip and stitch. This is the open end of the pockets.
Now turn in and press 2 cm along the bottom edge of the multi-pocket strip. Cut it to 48cm then pin it with the right side facing upward onto the front piece about 6cm from the bottom edge. Stitch down the sides and along the pressed edge.
Stitch across the multi-pocket strip directly under each harness tab and at both ends to form 4 pockets.
To make the opening for the hanger hook, turn in, press and stitch a double 1cm seam at the centre top on the back and front pieces.
Pin the back and front together, right sides facing inward and stitch from one side side of the hook opening all the way around to the other side of the hook opening.
Turn the whole DIY planter to the right side and press flat. Now finish your project by cutting off the top of the beer glasses, place the plant pots inside them and try them out for size. They should fit nicely into the harness ready for your herbs.
Put clothes pegs in the back pocket and seed packets in the front pockets.
Happy herb gardening!
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