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

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

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

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

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

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

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

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

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

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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