How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

Updated on March 8, 2018

A Hanging Basket filled with Petunia

A basket filled with Petunia
A basket filled with Petunia | Source

A Hanging Basket filled with Herbs and Salad Plants

Tomatoes and Strawberries for a salad garden
Tomatoes and Strawberries for a salad garden | Source
A hanging basket filled with Coriandar, Basil, Tom Tom Trailing Tomatoes and Lettuce and a few Strawberries
A hanging basket filled with Coriandar, Basil, Tom Tom Trailing Tomatoes and Lettuce and a few Strawberries | Source

A Hanging Basket Filled with Salad Greens

A basket of salad greens
A basket of salad greens | Source

Hanging Basket Filled with trailing Petunia and Geranium

A hanging basket filled with trailing Petunia and trailing Geraniums.
A hanging basket filled with trailing Petunia and trailing Geraniums. | Source

Hanging Basket/Trailing /Geraniums

Hanging basket, trailing Geraniums
Hanging basket, trailing Geraniums | Source

Woolen Jumpers really do make great Hanging Basket Liners!

These cone shape Hanging Baskets were purchased complete with pulleys from a local car boot for just £5. So successful were they that I made another purchase this year online from Amazon but of course I had to pay a little more.

The linings have lasted well and this year we even had a little Jenny Wren decide to make her nest in one of the holes.

Lining the baskets was I thought going to be a challenge but as it turned out, I had the perfect answer at home.

A shrunken Woolen Sweater turned out to be the perfect solution!

Things you will need to complete this project:-

  1. 1 Cone Shaped Hanging Basket
  2. A Thick Woolen Jumper/Sweater l (recycled)
  3. Scissors
  4. Brown Paper
  5. Bubble-wrap
  6. Wool for sewing plus a large Sewing Needle
  7. Potting Soil
  8. Plants plus a mixture of Salad plants flowers & Strawberry plants.
  9. An Overlocker or Sewing Machine

Method

  1. Roll a piece of brown paper into a cone shape and insert it into the hanging basket
  2. Fit it closely to the inner edge of the basket and cover the join with two pieces of sticky tape (This makes it easy to remove the paper Cone from the Basket).
  3. Lift the paper Cone from the basket and flatten it as shown in the image below.
  4. Place a thick woolen Jumper onto a flat surface with right sides together and then put the pattern down onto it.
  5. Fold both edges of the paper pattern (about an inch on each side to reduce the size of the pattern slightly. This will ensure a good fit for when the liner is filled with soil.
  6. Cut out two pieces using the pattern.
  7. Sew both of the outside edges and then neaten off the top edge.
  8. Cut out a liner from Bubble-wrap. Place one edge on a fold and use the full width of the pattern this time.
  9. Sew one edge together. There is no need to neaten off the top.
  10. Attach the outer woolen liner to the Basket. Seams should face the inside of the basket.
  11. Turn over the top edge over and stitch as shown.
  12. Attach the bottom of the liner to the lower point of the metal basket.
  13. Insert the completed bubble-wrap inner.
  14. Begin filling the liner with potting soil.
  15. When planting salad plants, cut small holes into the woolen jumper and bubble-wrap, Do this one at a time and insert each plant into the hole and then backfill with potting soil from the inside. Start at the bottom and work up the full height of the hanging basket. Please see the example below.
  16. Once planted, water thoroughly and hang up in a nice sunny sheltered position.
  17. Feed with liquid fertilizer throughout the season.


Cone Shaped Metal Hanging Baskets with Pulleys

Cone shaped metal hanging baskets with pulleys
Cone shaped metal hanging baskets with pulleys | Source

Hanging Metal Hanging Basket

Cone shaped metal hanging basket
Cone shaped metal hanging basket | Source

Making the Pattern with Brown Paper

Make a cone shape from the brown paper. Insert it into the basket, tape the inner edges and remove it from the basket. Flatten the paper to make the paper pattern which will be used to cut the inner wool liner and the bubble-wrap inner.

Making the Cone Shaped Liner

A cone of brown paper inside the metal hanging basket
A cone of brown paper inside the metal hanging basket | Source

Flatten the Paper Cone as shown to make the Pattern

The flattened cone of paper will become the pattern for this project.  Fold in one inch from one side
The flattened cone of paper will become the pattern for this project. Fold in one inch from one side | Source

Reduce the Size of the Pattern by 1 inch on each side

Fold over both edges of the pattern. Each fold should measure about 1 inch.

This is done to ensure that the woolen jumper will fit snugly into the hanging basket when it is sewn on.

Fold over 1 inch of both sides of the pattern

Fold over 1 inch on both sides of the paper pattern
Fold over 1 inch on both sides of the paper pattern | Source

Right Sides of the 2 Sleeves Placed Together

Put the right sides of the 2 sleeves together.
Put the right sides of the 2 sleeves together. | Source

Cut 2 Pieces from the Sweater Sleeves

Cut 2 pieces from the sweater sleeves
Cut 2 pieces from the sweater sleeves | Source

Overlock or sew both Sides together

Over-lock or sew the two sides, right sides together.
Over-lock or sew the two sides, right sides together. | Source

Neaten the top edge with the Overlocker

Neaten the top edge using an Overlocker or Serger if you have one. It makes the process quick and easy but a sewing machine can be substituted and the seams can be zig-zagged to make a neat edge.

Overlock the opening of the Basket Liner

Overlock the top opening of the basket liner
Overlock the top opening of the basket liner | Source

Cut out a Bubble-wrap Inner

Using the brown paper at its original size (without the fold) cut out a bubble-wrap liner. Place on the fold when cutting.

Cut a Liner from Bubble-wrap placed on the fold

Cut a bubble-wrap liner
Cut a bubble-wrap liner | Source

Bubble-wrap Liner

The brown paper pattern should be placed on the fold. This reduces the amount of sewing done. Sew one side of the bubble-wrap.

Sew up the side of the Bubble-wrap Liner

Sew both sides of the bubble-wrap liner
Sew both sides of the bubble-wrap liner | Source

Cut off the bottom

Cut off the bottom of the liner. This will allow good water drainage in the basket.

Bottom of the bubble-wrap liner cut off

Cut off the bottom of the bubble-wrap liner as shown
Cut off the bottom of the bubble-wrap liner as shown | Source

Sewing the Top Edge

Fold over the edges of the liner towards the outside of the basket. Use large stitches to neatly encase the metal bars using the woolen jersery fabric as shown.

Fold over the top edge and encase the metal bars

Place the liner into the basket, right sides outside and fold the top edge over the edge as shown.
Place the liner into the basket, right sides outside and fold the top edge over the edge as shown. | Source

Attach the bottom of the liner to the wire basket

Attach the bottom of the woolen liner to the point of the wire basket
Attach the bottom of the woolen liner to the point of the wire basket | Source

Keep the Bubble-wrap Liner separate

There is no need to sew on the bubble wrap liner. The potting soil will keep the liner in place.

Insert the Bubble-wrap Liner

Insert the bubble-wrap liner into the woolen liner
Insert the bubble-wrap liner into the woolen liner | Source

Put Potting Soil into the bottom of the Bubble-wrap Liner

Add potting soil to the bottom of the bubble-wrap liner
Add potting soil to the bottom of the bubble-wrap liner | Source

Planting the whole length of the pot or just from the top!

If you decide to plant flowers which hang over the sides, fill the container and then plant the flowers.

You may wish to plant salad items starting at the bottom of the pot. Cut small holes into the fabric and then into the bubble-wrap with sharp scissors. Use your fingers to enlarge the hole slightly and then push the roots through the hole and backfill with potting soil.

Continue moving up the planter until you reach the top and then insert your choice of plants into the top soil.

Adding potting soil to the Basket

Adding potting soil to the basket
Adding potting soil to the basket | Source

Tease the roots

Tease the roots out from the plants if they have become pot bound. Always look for plants which have not been in their containers for so that they have less chance of having become pot bound.

Tease out plant roots before planting

Tease out the plant roots before planting.
Tease out the plant roots before planting. | Source

Salad Garden

Herb and salad planting
Herb and salad planting | Source

Make good use of your single Sweater

I made three hanging basket liners from one sweater. I even used parts of the jumper which had openings such as the one shown here. This adds a little bit of fun and originality to the liners.

Adding a little touch of originality

Adding a little touch of originality
Adding a little touch of originality | Source

Button on the Sweater

A plant liner with some originality
A plant liner with some originality | Source
Trailing Petunias and Geraniums
Trailing Petunias and Geraniums | Source

A salad garden hanging basket

A close up of a salad garden hanging basket
A close up of a salad garden hanging basket | Source

A wall of hanging baskets filled with flowers

It does not get much better than this.
It does not get much better than this. | Source

Hanging Strawberry Baskets

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      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        7 months ago from Norfolk

        Poppy, thank you. I love these baskets which are currently filled with winter flowering pansies. Who knows, I might even plant them up again with some kitchen herbs or salad greens in the Spring. Much appreciate the visit and your taking time to stop by:)

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        Poppy 

        7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Wonderful hubs as always, Sally. I love the detail and the hanging baskets look so cute!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        aesta1

        Thank you, the time is fast approaching and like you, I can't wait to top up my own baskets with fresh soil and new plants. I love the 3D effect they give the garden, especially one which is a small as mine:) Enjoy, I know I shall.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is brilliant. I can't wait for spring to make this. I love the idea of recycling those wooden sweaters.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        vocalcoach

        Hi Audrey,

        The weather has been very strange here, wet, wet and more wet. Winter decided to give us a miss and now the daffodils have decided to open. I hope that they are not ruined by a late patch of frost or snow but like you I am beginning to look at these baskets again with a view to renewing the plants in them. I love spring, it such an exciting time in the garden.

        Thank you for the share, it is much appreciated.

        Sally.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Sally.

        I'm back again to review your steps for making basket liners. Spring will be here before long and I'm going to make this clever recycling project. Thanks again for sharing and I will too.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        NadineMay

        Glad you enjoyed this one too Nadine. My baskets have certainly stood the test of time and are about to be filled again with new plants for the spring. I love the three-dimensional look one gets with baskets, especially in a small area as I have. Thanks very much for the share on Pinterest.

        Sally

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        Nadine May 

        2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        I LOVE your gardening tips with an old knitted jersey and the photos make all the difference. No wonder it has been the editor's choice. I will share it on my Pinterest board titled Plant growing ideas.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Kim,

        Thanks for the compliment, the share and pin Kim, they are much appreciated. I hope your day will be a wonderful one.

        Sally

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        ocfireflies 

        2 years ago from North Carolina

        Sally,

        You never cease to amaze me my friend. Shared, pinned, and treasured.

        Thank You.

        Kim

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Venkatachari M

        Perhaps the see more is an ever changing aspect, one can hope so.

        Thank you so much for your very kind comment. Your support and appreciation for my Hub is gratefully received.

        Blessing to you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Au fait

        These baskets have been a wonderful addition to our tiny garden this year. I do love the way that they allow one to add height and depth tp a garden. especially if it is a new garden or one where blank walls really do need covering. This was such a reasonable priced project to make, the only real cost being the baskets which were purchased at a car boot at a knockdown prices. The plants came from the same place and also a few from a local supermarket which sold inexpensive herbs and veg plants. I appreciate your stopping by to comment, thank you so much for the well wishes.

        Sally

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Nadine May

        I won't forget your beautiful Hub on the Babylon Gardens and I am quite sure these baskets will make a wonderful addition to the baskets I saw on your Hub, just amazing! This really was an effective and successful project. Glad you enjoyed this Hub and I hope you have a wonderful time creating your own novel hanging baskets.

        Sally

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Kristen Howe

        Thank you so much, Kristen. Your continued support and thoughtful comment is much appreciated, especially the one regarding my photos. I love photography and it is so fortunate that I am able to combine several of my favorite pastimes to create one Hub.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        The Dirt Farmer

        Praise indeed! Thank you so much for the visit and your very kind words.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        RTalloni

        Glad you enjoyed this project, hopefully as much I hope as I did writing and photographing the end result. I am still enjoying the fruits of my labor, in particular, the tiny Tom Tomatoes which are still bearing delicious fruit. Thanks for the visit and well wishes, your visit is much appreciated.

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        Venkatachari M 

        2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

        I revisited to see where is the "see more" section and did not find any. There is only one ad there just like all hubs do. So, I don't find any untoward spoil of the hub's image.

        And, I wanted to wish you "Congrats on the HOTD". This one is very marvelous work and rightly deserved the award. And my blessings to you.

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        C E Clark 

        2 years ago from North Texas

        I love hanging plants, the way they drape, etc. This is definitely a very useful article and can save a person quite a bit of money as these plants when purchased, around here at least, are quite expensive.

        Congratulations on HOTD!

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        Nadine May 

        2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        Thank you so much for this amazing tip. I create hanging succulent baskets but never thought to use old cloth. Your photos are also a great help. Congratulations!

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        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Sally, congrats on HOTD for a wonderful hub on hanging baskets. Very useful and insightful with those photos!

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        Jill Spencer 

        2 years ago from United States

        What a wonderful idea-- and your finish products look so neat and lovely! Congrats on HOTD.

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        RTalloni 

        2 years ago from the short journey

        What a clever and delightful idea! Thanks much for sharing it and the tutorial. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a unique project post!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        mary615

        That is very sweet of you, thank you so much. I am delighted to receive another HOTD.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        2 years ago from Florida

        I read and appreciated this Hub before, but wanted to revisit it and to say congrats on HOTD!

        You really deserved this award for this Hub.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        purl3agony

        Thank you so much Donna, just trying to follow your example:) Now, that would take some doing! Very sweet of you to stop by.

        Sally

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        Donna Herron 

        2 years ago from USA

        Glad to see this as today's HOTD! Congratulations on your well deserved accolade!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        ChitrangadaSharan

        So glad you enjoyed this hub. I agree with you about recycling, having been brought up in a household where one of my mother's favorite phrases was 'waste not, want not' Thanks for taking the time to comment on this Hub, the HOTD was the cherry on top of my breakfast this morning.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Congratulations for HOTD!

        What a great idea! I love these cone shaped hanging baskets and using old woollen sweaters as liners is such an innovative idea. I am for anything that advocates the reuse, recycle and re-purpose formula. Thanks for sharing the clear and easy to follow instructions and helpful bright pictures.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Thelma Alberts

        It was a lovely surprise to wake up to a HOTD this morning. I very much appreciate your continued support, Thelma, thank you so much.

        Sally.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        2 years ago from Germany

        Congratulations on the HOTD! I knew it that it will receive the most awesome reward on this site. Well done!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Glimmer Twin Fan.

        Glad you liked it. I love it, I am thrilled with how the plants are growing in the baskets. My strawberries are flourishing and have begun flowering. I have already picked lettuce leaves and also coriander which I used in a curry tonight. My cup runneth over, sorry, my baskets are overflowing:) I intend posting a few more images as soon as the tomatoes and strawberries begin producing fruit.

        Thanks for stopping by,

        Sally

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        3 years ago

        What an awesome idea for recycling! I'm all for that. Nice hub with great photos Sally.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Venkatachari M

        You are so right. Using recycled items to create interesting art or useful items is something which we should all consider doing. I am so glad that you found my instructions easy to understand. Thank you so much for the vote up, useful and interesting.

        Have a wonderful day

        Sally

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Su zi HQ

        Hello Suzi,

        How lovely to find you gracing this page on this historic election morning.

        You are sorely missed.

        I love recycling. I do recall telling people back in South Africa that one could furnish a three bedroom house with items from the dump which people throw away because they either don't like the color or want to buy more fashionable items.

        I loved doing this project and to see how well the plants are flourishing in their new but recycled jumper is proof that recycling really can work.

        I am so enjoying tending my three hanging gardens.

        It was especially nice to find your comment this morning, thank you.

        Best wishes,

        Sally

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        Venkatachari M 

        3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very interesting and useful hub. Using household scrap is a very great art. Your images and guidelines are perfect to be understood by any layman.

        Voted up, useful and interesting.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Sally,

        What a fantastic idea here and so well explained and detailed. I love recycling and using an old jumper in this fashion (excuse the pun!!) is brill! Well done you, I love it and will definitely remember and use going forward! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your pics. Lovely to see you again.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        robie 2

        Thank you very much! I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. The plants are doing well in the baskets and I am looking forward to posting some new images very soon. The strawberries have begun to bloom and the rest of the plants look very happy in their new sweaters. Your comment is appreciated and so too is the thumbs up up up.

        Sally

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        Roberta Kyle 

        3 years ago from Central New Jersey

        what a great idea and what a comprehensive Hub to show one how to do it. Wonderful pix too.... thank you. Thumbs up up up !

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Besarien

        You are so right, just how many sweaters can a dog wear at one time? The plants which I added to the hanging basket are doing very well in their jumper. I can't wait to see what the basket looks as plants age and the strawberries and tomatoes bear fruit. I will post a few more photos then.

        Thanks for taking the time to stop by to comment. It is much appreciated.

        Sally

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        Besarien 

        3 years ago

        What a great use for an old sweater! There is always one my son has outgrown/outworn that isn't in decent enough shape by the time he is willing to part with it, to pass along to charity. I have in the past made dog sweaters out or it- but how many does a dog need? Thanks for giving me another option!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Billy,

        It is a nice idea and I have been doing a little research. I personally have quite a few books on the subject, but none of them contain anything quite like my own work. I need to apply a little more diligence to the idea. I have looked into the idea of writing for a few craft magazines, but they seem to pay little and want a lot six months in advance.

        Nice of you to think of me Billy. I hope you are having a good weekend.

        Sally

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        Bill Holland 

        3 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You really need to write a book on wet-felting....how many books about that topic can there be? I'm sure you could find an agent to pick it up and run with it. :)

        bill

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Genna East

        Glad you enjoyed this project. Your visit and comment are much appreciated.

        Best wishes,

        Sally

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        Genna East 

        3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What a clever idea! I've never seen anything like this. And the photos truly bring this project to life.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        American Choices

        Thank you so much! I appreciate the visit, vote up and comment.

        Best wishes,

        Sally

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        American_Choices 

        3 years ago from USA

        Very well done. Voted up!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        MsDora,

        Great! MsDora, I finally did it, a project which ticks the right box for you. I am so pleased, I do hope you get as much pleasure as I did from creating these hanging baskets.

        Thank you for your continued support.

        Sally

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 years ago from The Caribbean

        Sally, this is certainly an item I can use. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Neat idea!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        purl3agony

        So glad you enjoyed this project. I planted a few strawberry plants in the salad basket but I do intend to make a strawberry basket. The slugs and snails won't be happy but I know I will be. . When one realises how simple this is to make and how effective these liners are I don't think one would ever go back to buying expensive basket liners.

        Thanks for stopping by, your visit is appreciated as always.

        Best wishes,

        Sally

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        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        I love this idea and especially love these cone-shaped hanging baskets. I'd like to try this with strawberry plants. Thanks for sharing this wonderful springtime project!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        poetryman6969

        Glad you liked this one and thank you for the vote up. It is appreciated.

        Sally

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        poetryman6969 

        3 years ago

        Crafty. Voted up. I like the detailed instructions.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        FlourishAnyway

        Glad you liked this hub. Thank you for stopping by to comment. I value and appreciate every visit.

        Best wishes,

        Sally

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        mary615

        I have some planted Tom Tom Tomatoes in my hanging basket. They are the small trailing tomatoes which work so well in salads. These will definitely survive in the baskets and will add a little color to the basket and to my salads. I have also planted a few strawberries for a little more interest. I would experiment and see what works best for you. Some edible flowers would look great too.

        I very much appreciate you taking the time to comment, also to vote this hub up and to share it.

        Thank you so much,

        Sally

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        How awesome. You are incredibly creative. What will you think of next?

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        Mary Hyatt 

        3 years ago from Florida

        I love this idea! Wonder if tomatoes would grow in one of these hanging baskets?

        Great hub with great photos. You spent a lot of time with this , and it shows.

        Voted UP and shared.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Peggy W

        One can certainly purchase jumpers at thrift shops or yards sales for next to nothing. So glad you enjoyed this project. I very much appreciate the visit and share, far and wide:)

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Well now this is certainly an original and innovative way to make up a hanging basket! Using old shrunken woolen sweaters or jumpers and giving them new life in this manner is great! If one does not have those items in one's closet, they could probably be purchased in yard sales or from thrift shops. I love the idea of recycling objects. Will be sharing this far and wide.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Jodah

        Nice to hear that you enjoyed this recycled jumper project Jodah and I do agree with you, the use of recycled material is definitely the right thing to do. Thanks for the vote up. It is much appreciated.

        Sally

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        John Hansen 

        3 years ago from Queensland Australia

        What a great idea Sally. I love these cone shaped hanging baskets and using old woollen jumpers as liners makes so much sense. Anything that uses recycled material i a hit with me. Clear and easy to follow instructions and pic too. Voted up.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Dj Anderson

        If I had your gift of the gab I would write more humor! That is something I really admire and cherish. I am so glad that you always take the time to visit my projects and make comments as delicious as this one..

        I promise I am from this planet. It is just so simple. I learned to live off the 'smell of an oil rag' This was one of my mother's favorite expressions.. It sure can come in handy, just like that thick old woolen jumper. She would be so proud:)

        My best wishes to you DJ

        You always make my days much brighter ones.

        Sally.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Pawpawwrites

        Necessity sometimes requires a little bit of invention. I am delighted with my baskt liners.

        Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is appreciated.

        Sally

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        StephanieBCrosby

        Glad you liked it and I hope you have a lot of success making one of these hanging basket liners.

        I appreciate the visit and comment, thank you

        Sally

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        DJ Anderson 

        3 years ago

        Sally, I could fill a book with all the things I do not know.

        You should be a teacher. There is simply nothing you cannot do if given only a piece of chewing gum, a hair pin and a thumbtack. I really admire creative people, but you seem to simply wave your hand and things appear. Are you beguiling us with your secret powers or some trick of magic. You can tell me. I won't tell your secrets!!

        This is a super tutorial for spring plantings. The young greens and cilantro look like they are just right to join some friends for a majorly healthy salad. But, knowing your took some simple materials and some cones and built a hanging garden with old socks, well, you had me at old socks.

        You're not really from this planet, are you??

        DJ.

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        Jim 

        3 years ago from Kansas

        Great idea. I never would have thought of it.

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        Stephanie Bradberry 

        3 years ago from New Jersey

        This is a really cool idea. I will certainly add it to my gardening repertoire.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        MartieCoetser

        I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. I should be fairly easy to find similar baskets and I do think this could easily be adapted to use round baskets as well. I will never again look at a shrunken jumper without considering this alternative use:) I particularly liked the way the wool allowed one to poke one's fingers into the holes and stretch the wool just enough to push the roots through. It was such a simple matter to squeeze the hole tight again and I love the look of the plants dressed up in their wooly jumpers. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have fun making these hanging basket liners.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        vocalcoach

        So glad you liked this one. I was brought up to think 'waste not, want not' and I never miss an opportunity to experiment with recycling. This was a particularly satisfying project to do and I can't wait to see how the finished baskets improve as the plants grow bigger. I appreciate the very kind comment. Your visit is valued and appreciated.

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        Martie Coetser 

        3 years ago from South Africa

        Sallybea, what a brilliant idea! I am going to do this asap. Just wondering where am I going to find cone-shaped metal hanging baskets down here? I haven't seen them yet. But I am sure I will get something similar.

        Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea :)

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Sally - This hub is awesome. Very useful and helpful and just what I like in a hub! I'm all for recycling and I'll share this with plenty of folks out there. Thanks so much for all the beautiful photos. You are so talented.

        Audrey

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Thelma Alberts

        So glad you liked this DIY. This really is an excellent way to recycle old woolen jumpers. I would go for nice thick ones if you can. They produce an awesome result.

        Thanks for the vote up, useful and awesome, your visit is valued and appreciated.

        Sally

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        Thelma Alberts 

        3 years ago from Germany

        Wow! This is just awesome DIY. Now I see I don´t have to throw my old clothes. I can recycle sweat shirt like this one you have in this hub. Voted up, useful and awesome. Thanks for sharing. A very clever idea.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Billy,

        I never get tired of you telling me how clever I am:) I loved doing this project. I also love a bargain and turning a bargain into a real success story is so satisfying. I can't wait for my baskets to show me the fruits of all my labor. When this happens I am going to take some photos of these baskets in all their glory and post them to this page. Thanks for your support Billy, it means such a lot to me.

        Sally

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        Bill Holland 

        3 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Do you get tired of me telling you how clever you are, Sally? Well you are. I love recycling. Everything in our garden is recycled. I love the fact that you can get so many uses out of one item. Well done, my friend.

        bill

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        colorfulone

        Glad you liked this idea. I must say they look beautiful. Look our for some well-shrunken jumpers, use the ones which you thought you would never wear again because they shrank in the washing machine. My plants look so snug in their wooly jumpers and I would definitely use these for all my hanging baskets.

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        Susie Lehto 

        3 years ago from Minnesota

        What a neat idea for liners. I may have to look for some colorful patterned wood sweater to do this with. Thank you, Sally!

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