Designer: Anna Marino
Up to 12 herbs can grow in this clever hanging planter.
- 47×50″ piece of chalkboard fabric
- 2—35×38″ pieces of landscape fabric
- Tape: masking or duct
- Heavy-duty sewing thread: black
- Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
- Crafts knife
- Cutting mat
- Metal straightedge
- 11⁄2“-diameter dowel 50” long
- Herb starter plants
MEASURE AND MARK THE GRID
1. Lay chalkboard fabric right side up on work surface with 47″ sides at top and bottom.
2. Referring to the Fabric Marking Diagram, measure 61⁄2” from the top edge of the fabric. Using a pencil, mark an A line across the width of the fabric.
3. Measure 51⁄2” in from each side edge and mark D lines along the length of the fabric.
4. Measure 5″ down from the A line and mark a B line across the fabric from D line to D line.
5. Measure 51⁄2” above bottom edge of the fabric and mark a C line across the fabric from D line to D line.
6. Measure 11″ below the B line, and mark an E line from D line to D line. Measure and mark another E line 11″ below the first E line.
7. Measure 9″ from a D line and mark a vertical F line from B line to C line. Measure and mark two more F lines so all are 9″ apart, making a grid of 12 rectangles.
STITCH AND CUT THE OPENINGS
1. Referring to Diagram 1, measure 5″ from the top of each grid rectangle and mark a 6×1″ rectangle in the center (11⁄2” from D Line and F Line). Repeat for each rectangle.
2. Turn fabric over with right side facedown. Measure 41⁄2” from the bottom edge and mark a line across the width of the fabric.
3. Referring to Diagram 2, lay one piece of landscape fabric on the wrong side of the chalkboard fabric with a 38″ edge of the landscape fabric centered along the marked line. There should be 4″ space between chalkboard fabric and landscape fabric edges along each side. Tape all landscape fabric edges to wrong side of chalkboard fabric.
4. Turn chalkboard fabric over with right side up. To secure layers, stitch on marked 6×1″ rectangle through both fabric layers in each of the 12 grid rectangles (Diagram 3).
5. Place layered piece with chalkboard fabric right side up on cutting mat. Using a crafts knife and a straightedge, cut through center of a stitched 6×1″ rectangle as shown in Diagram 4, angling cuts to each corner of stitching; cut right up to, but not through, the stitching. Repeat in each grid rectangle.
6. Referring to Diagram 5, fold under the cut edges inside each 6×1″ rectangle to make an opening. Topstitch around each opening through both fabric layers. Repeat for all 12 grid rectangles.
7. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Repeat Step 3, positioning the second piece of landscape fabric on top of the first.
8. Turn layered piece over with chalkboard fabric side up. Stitch along all D and F lines; then stitch all B, E, and C lines to complete grid.
9. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Turn and sew a 1⁄2” hem along each side edge. Sew a 1″ hem along bottom edge.
10. On wrong side of chalkboard fabric, measure and mark 61⁄2” from top edge (same as A line on front). Fold top fabric edge down to A line. Sew edge in place to create a hanging sleeve.
11. Insert dowel into hanging sleeve. Label each grid pocket using chalk. Insert herbs starter plants into grid slits. Embellish with chalk lettering as desired.