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I needed planters for my herbs this year. I made the mistake of planting some parsley in the raised bed one year and discovered exactly how invasive it is! I didn’t want to buy planters, however, so I decided to sew some bags from burlap. This burlap was part of a curtain project that went wrong. Sewn into bags, these hung easily on our new dog fence.
My understanding is that planters from fabric are a great option because you get a denser root system. Sounds good to me, but I like these because they’re high enough to avoid the weeds.
I used a blue burlap that I got to review a long time ago. I found it fades in the sun so a burlap that isn’t dyed may be the best option for outdoor use.
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I folded my fabric in half, right sides together. I serged up both sides and then serged around the top to finish the edges. You can fold over the edges and straight stitch to finish it off or just leave as is.
Now you want to pinch the corners and serge a triangle off the bottom. This helps create a boxy bottom to the bag. You do this on both sides.
Turn side rights out. Serge your strap. Then pin to your bag. Sew on. I sewed across the top several times to make sure it was sturdy, then sewed a square. Do for both ends of the strap.
To finish up, I used my cutting machine to create some heat transfers to put on the bags that label each bag. The rosemary bag’s label is on the opposite side, whoops.
Here’s a close up of my basil bag!
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