Some how I have gotten "decorating" my porch into my head. I am not a decorator. Someone should be slapped for getting me on to Pinterest. I see stuff and remember plans I had for some day. I guess today is some day. My porch is my WIP.
Isn't this pretty? This is the third or fourth year I have used this and I love it every year.
It started out like this.
A few years ago I decided it would work as a planter and side table for my porch swing. I made a fabric liner for the base. It lasted through three seasons but needed replaced this spring.
I had used leftover ticking for it the first time. I admit, it may have lasted better if I had emptied it and stored it during the winter. I did not. Probably won't this time either. Obviously, I need a new liner. I looked for more of the ticking (I am sure I have) for about 5 minutes and then pulled down the green. It is from the clearance rack. I remember I paid $3/yard for it. I was going to make porch cushions but fortunately my MIL gave me something brighter/better.
This is VERY easy to make if you find something similar you want to make a flower pot from. Measure the bottom of your item. Mine is 11.5" square. The first time I made it I only had 2" sides. I went deeper this time. Add 8" to 10" (4 to 5 for each side) to your measurement and cut out a square.
From each corner cut out the 4 or 5" you added minus a half inch. If you cut 8" bigger, cut out 3 1/2" squares. If you cut 10" bigger, cut out 4 1/2" squares.
I really didn't care what it looked like, so I left the selvage on. It is NOT necessary to hem the edges but I took this opportunity to try out a new foot on my Featherweight.
Match the cut edges at each corner and sew a half inch seam. Like shown below.
This seam forms the corners.
Sew all four corners the same way. Don't worry if your fit isn't perfect.
Cut a piece of heavy plastic to put in the bottom and fit the liner with the plastic inside into the basket or other item. I have been known to use grocery sacks but prefer heavy plastic. I use what comes around the peat moss I buy every year.
Get some plants you like.
I broke these up and shoved them into the four corners and filled around them with potting soil.
Some more pictures of plants I re-potted today.
So....this is my WIP. I have great plans for my porch and I think my friend, Dana, over at My Simple Gifts
might help me out with some of them. She is a super talented lady - a true artist - and you should check her out.
I have some quilty things to post about but I am going to stop here and hope I make another post tomorrow..
I am going to link up with Sew Many Ways and Sew Much Ado We Did it Wednesday, My RePurposed Life Be sure to check everyone out.
p.s. This is what I ate while I typed this.
I call it The Ugly Cobbler. I am trying to use up last year's blackberries. It is a sacrifice, I tell you. I may have a second piece and call it supper!