The DIY Garden Gatherer: A Sling for Blooms

The DIY Garden Gatherer: A Sling for Blooms

Spring fever has definitely hit our house- every weekend, we’re working in the yard and getting our garden beds prepped for a summer of homegrown veggies and fruits. Flowering trees are losing their blossoms as tender green leaves push their way forward- watching the ebb and flow of seasons is truly magnificent.

And now that I’ve recapped last year’s Yard & Garden upcycling projects, I can focus on outdoor projects for Spring 2015!

I should caveat this post by mentioning that I’ve been spending a lot of time in the linen section of thrift stores lately. Maybe it’s my new sewing machine calling my name, or the endless variety of old sheets & tablecloths beckoning me like a siren in the night… either way, it was these $0.50 placemats that launched this idea.

Thrift store placemat and twigs from the yard to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they just so pretty?

Aren’t they pretty? In truth, they’re stained and wouldn’t be all that attractive on a table…so repurposing them into an outside project is perfect, right?

I was inspired by the heady blooms on the placemat fabric and knew right away that these would make a terrific “Garden Gatherer”…in other words, a gentle carrying case (like a sling) for freshly snipped blossoms. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

To create one, I plucked two sturdy twigs from our birch tree- and if you don’t have nice twigs, plenty of other implements could be used… wooden dowels, parts from a wooden hanger, etc.

Thrift store placemat and twigs from the yard to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hurray for project parts from the yard!

With twigs in hand, I cut them down to size in order to fit my placemat.

Thrift store placemat and twigs from the yard to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to trim to size…

Thrift store placemat and twigs from the yard to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect!

Then, I needed to add grommets to the placemat..which was a new skill for me to master. After practicing on some scrap fabric, I inserted eight grommets across the short edges of my placemat- four on each side.

Adding grommets to a thrift store placemat to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to add grommets!

Adding grommets to a thrift store placemat to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Adding grommets to a thrift store placemat to repurpose as DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Not too shabby a job, if I do say so myself…

After the grommets were set, I just needed to attach my handles (i.e., birch twigs) using plain old jute twine (this stuff is SO handy!).

Tying branch handles to DIY garden gatherer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to attach the handles now!

Eight jute loops later, I had my garden gatherer – open and closed!

DIY Garden Gatherer from a repurposed thrift store placemat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for carrying in your homegrown bounty!

So now when I’m in the garden, I can snip and collect freshly cut flowers using my garden gatherer as a handy-dandy carrying case.

DIY Garden Gatherer from a repurposed thrift store placemat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Snip and carry!

DIY Garden Gatherer from a repurposed thrift store placemat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Works like a charm!

And if it gets too dirty (hello southern red clay!), I can toss it in the washing machine. Talk about putting the ‘fun’ in ‘functional- and such an easy DIY!

I think I’m good with just my one garden gather – what, oh what, should I do with my other two placemats??

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. http://ashandcrafts says

    HI there! Visiting from Party in Your PJs. This is SO cute! I love the print of the placemats!

  2. I’m visiting from the Ginger Snap Crafts link party. This is such a fabulous idea! I’m going to the thrift store today and am going to add placemats on my list!

    I have a link party and I think my readers would really like this idea. I invite you to share this idea there. It’s Grandma Ideas Sharing Time at http://grandmaideas.com.

    Thanks for such a great idea.
    Nina

  3. So pretty, and a lovely idea too. I’ve never seen a garden gatherer before – great gift idea too.

  4. http://swatkins827 says

    This is such a cute idea! I feel I could use this even though I don’t get too many flowers. Need to make a trip to the flower nursery!

  5. this is so creative! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  6. I really like this idea….. there are so many cute ideas, but seems I have actually seen most of them in one form or another… this one is totally new to me… what a great idea! Thank you for sharing this…. and they are beautiful. 🙂

  7. Very pretty! The grommets give it such a nice finish, and I love that you used twigs for the handles.

  8. http://Jann%20Olson says

    This is really a cute idea! It would make a wonderful gift for a gardener. I know I would love one. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  9. omg !!! love this and perfect for me !! #homemattersparty

  10. What a great way to upcycle! So cute! I’m beginning to work in my garden so I think I may need to make some of these. 😉 Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing over at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  11. That’s so cute! What a great idea!

  12. http://Miss%20Mandee says

    How creative! Pinned. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

  13. beautiful. Great job. very creative

  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your wonderful idea at my link party. I really appreciate it! You’re the best.

  15. Love it!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

  16. Such a clever use for an old placemat. I would have never thought of this. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  17. what an awesome idea! I love the thought process you have when you upcycle – always a great inspiration! Such a great way to not crush or bruise your fresh picked flowers too 🙂 thanks for sharing with us at the creative challenge!

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