These precious pots are the perfect way to recycle a laundry mishap into something creative and functional.
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).
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.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008