Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.

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The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.

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SUPPLIES:

burlap – 1/4 yard
canvas – 1/4 yard for backing
bias tape – 1 yard
thread
scissors – paper & fabric
tailor’s chalk
straight pins
grommet
grommet setter
mallet
pattern 1 (back)
pattern 2 (pocket)

 

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1| Cut pattern.

 

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2| Trace pattern onto fabric.

 

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3| You should have a BACK piece and a POCKET piece of the burlap and one BACK piece of the canvas.

 

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4| Let’s start with the pocket. Measure out and cut bias tape to the width of the pocket.

 

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5| Open one side of the bias tape you just cut. Pin the open raw edge to the top edge of the pocket. Pin all layers together and sew a straight stitch into the fold line of the bias tape.

 

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6| Trim BURLAP ONLY to about 3/8″. Be careful not to get too close to the stitch line. Burlap unravels easily.

 

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7| Fold the bias tape over just beyond the stitch line visible on the other side and pin from the already sewn side, which is going to be the front. Sew from the front side making sure you are catching the other side of the bias tape. You can stitch in the ditch, as I did, or stitch on the bias tape. Do what feels easier and neater to you.

 

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8| Moving on to the back portion. Take your burlap and canvas pieces and layer one on top of the other.

 

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9| Pin and sew three parallel lines. You may find it easier to mark the lines on the back side before you sew.

 

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10| You’re now ready to attach the pocket to the back portion. Carefully center and pin. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance to hold down all of your layers. This will make it a lot easier to sew the bias tape.

 

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11| Cut a 28″ strip of bias tape. Repeat step 5 only here you’ll be attaching the bias around the entire oval back portion. Be careful not to stretch the bias tape as you go around.

 

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12| When sewing the beginning and end of the bias tape, pay attention to which end will be sandwiched inside and which end will be visible. Fold the visible end toward the inside for a clean finish.

 

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13| This is what it should look like. Trim any extra tape to reduce bulk.

 

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14| Trim burlap and canvas ONLY as in step 6 all the way around. DO NOT trim the bias tape.

 

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15| Repeat the instructions from step 7 here again all the way around.

 

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16| Pay careful attention to the spot where the bias tape overlaps. Clip bulk and manipulate so that all raw edges are hidden.

 

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17| When it comes to grommets, I don’t mess around with the light-duty options. I only use these heavier two-part grommets for my aprons and cloth goods. They offer a much more secure grip on the sandwiched fibers. The front piece is the one that goes on the visible side of the plant hanger, or any project. The front side is the one with the stem/tube. The almost flat disk is the back piece.

 

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18| Use a grommet top to mark placement. Trace with a marking tool. Clip an X to the edge of the outlined circle. DO NOT clip beyond the marked circle or else the hole will stretch and in time the fabric around the grommet will begin to fray.

 

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19| Slip the front grommet piece through the hole. It should take a little stretching. Turn planter over and place the back grommet piece over the stem/tube with convex part facing up.

 

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20| Place the assembled layers on the grommet setter base. Place top of grommet setter through the assembled layers and hammer away. It will take assertive force, so enjoy and take the opportunity to relieve some frustration.

 

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21| You’re done when front and back are completely pressing all layers together.

 

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22| Personalize your planter with a message. Stamps are great for this. If you use stamps, be sure to use a permanent ink made for fabric and always heat-set before washing.

 

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23| Lastly, plant a little something yourself or gift the ingredients (seeds, dirt and mini planter) so everyone can take part in the making of the project. I have a few plants which I continue to take cuttings from whenever they get too large. It feels even more personal and special to gift something which I have nurtured for so long. But, if cactus is what your best friend loves and you just don’t have any lying around, go buy the tiniest little cactus you can find and make your dear friend happy.

Enjoy the making and the giving. There are more delightful pictures of the finished mini wall planter coming soon on the GDS Cloth Goods website.