Make these cute crochet plant pot mats with upcycled fabric and a giant crochet hook in just 5 minutes using a magic loop and double (US single) crochet.
This is the ULTIMATE upcycle... Plant pot holders made from pants! Yes ... pants.
Wait, before you click away in horror and before I go any further, this post really is NOT as cringey as you might think. Yes, these adorable plant pot mats are in fact made out of pants ... BUT... new, clean, unworn pants. And to make these you can use any upcycled fabric - pillow cases, t-shirts, jumpers, scarves. They are just so quick and easy to make and add a modern Bohemian feel to any room.
Every Christmas and birthday Mr B, like most men, is gifted with the 2 staple man-gifts... pants and socks. This Christmas being no different, he was given a multi-pack of very bright, cute patterned jersey hipsters by our darling Peggilini. Great! You can never have enough pants right? Well, yes but this batch were less pants and more teeny tiny little booty shorts!
Whilst I was happy enough with the fit on his peachy bum, Mr B was really not up for the Rocky from The Rocky Horror Show look... sad times.
In the bin they were to go! But, I really liked the multi-coloured elastic waistband prints and stashed them away for future circle skirt DIY projects. Until...
Playing around with my delicious new Pony 20mm hook I finally found in the habidashery dept at +John Lewis, I needed some big beefy jersey yarn and raided the fabric stash ... finding these sexy little numbers.
To make the
pants jersey t-shirt yarn, I cut the fabric into 1" to 1.5" strips. As this project is small and I like the rustic look anyways, I just cut strips ad-hoc and tied together as needed. But there are some great tutorials out there to make great long spirals of yarn to make into balls of t-shirt or jersey yarn, like this one by one of my favourite EVER crafty magazines +Mollie Makes .
I started with a simple magic loop and worked 8 double (US single) crochet into the loop and then continued the rounds with 2 double crochet (US single) into each chain space, adding yarn strips as I went, until desired size.
The black jersey you can see is a pair of threadbare old leggings!
When your plant pot mat is big enough to hold your pot, cast off with slip stitch and weave in the ends.
What garments will you cut up to refashion and upcycle? Did you guess right that they were pants? Are you totally freaked out??
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