Recycled Wool Desk Accessories
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).
- thick sheets of felt or an old, shrunken, 100 percent wool garment
- embroidery thread and needle
- scraps of felt cut into 1" squares
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.
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.
Sew the edges of the four sides together with a needle and thread using cross stitch. Set aside.
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.