Recycled Wool Desk Accessories

These precious pots are the perfect way to recycle a laundry mishap into something creative and functional.
Shrunken Pot Made By Recycling Wool Garment

Shrunken Pot Made By Recycling Wool Garment

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Accidentally shrunk a favorite wool garment in the wash? Turn it into a quirky, functional holder for sewing kits, make-up or jewelry. Make your gift really green by filling wool pots with biodegradable pens, recycled markers or sustainable wooden pencils (look for the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, logo).

Materials Needed:

  • thick sheets of felt or an old, shrunken, 100 percent wool garment
  • pins
  • scissors
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • scraps of felt cut into 1" squares

Step 1

Draw and cut out a template that has a base and four equal sides. Attach it with pins to the piece of felt and draw around it.

Pin Template to Felt

Pin Template to Felt

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Cut out the fabric shape with a pair of scissors. Iron the fabric or starch it to flatten the base and sides as much as possible.

Cutting Fabric

Cutting Fabric

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Sew the edges of the four sides together with a needle and thread using cross stitch. Set aside.

Sew Edges Of Wool Pot Using Cross Stitch

Sew Edges Of Wool Pot Using Cross Stitch

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Make flowers by pinching each 1-inch felt square into a flower shape. Sew the edges together at the center, leaving a length of thread at the back to attach to the holder. Then sew flowers onto the holder.

Felt Flowers

Felt Flowers

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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