I'm not sure how many of you remember this craft that I linked to back in the early days of Roses Are Blue but I have had a hard time throwing caps away since I made my first cupcake. I was looking at my bowl of caps thinking it was time for a new pin cushion so I started thinking about pins that I covet (what? You don't covet pins? Have you seen the button ones?! So cute.) Anyway, I have long had my eye on these sweet little pins so I thought, "Duh. Flower pot." and started warming up the glue gun. Once I finished my pot I put flower pins on my fabric store shopping list (yes, it was the only thing on the list and no, I can't be trusted to remember why I'm there) and headed out to run my errands. When I got to the fabric store I discovered that one box of 100 pins was $7 (twice as much as online?) and I thought what any good crafter thinks, "$7 for pins!?! Are you crazy?? I can make those!" So I did.
And darn if they didn't turn out even cuter than I planned! I love them. So now I will share this tutorial with you:
First make your pot. Any plastic bottle cap will do (2-liter, 20 ouncer etc). You can even make varying sizes and have a little flower pot arrangement (cute!) Measure the cap height and circumference and cut two strips of felt, one a little more narrow than the other to be the rim of the pot.
Then cut the circle of brown felt for the dirt. You can eyeball the size but it should be about an inch larger in diameter than your bottle cap circle. You can always trim it down later if you make it too big (um, like I did here).
Use a needle and thread to gather your dirt circle into a little bag, fill it with stuffing and tie it off.
Get out your hot glue gun and glue the two strips of felt to each other, the more narrow one slightly overlapping the wider one to form the rim of the pot. Then bit by bit attach the two strips of felt to the bottle cap. It's important to note here that the top of the cap will be the bottom of the pin cushion so pay attention to your gluing! In the photo below I have the cap turned upside down but the strips are glued correctly. You can also add a circle of felt to the bottom just to make it look more finished but that step is totally optional. Ok, all of the steps are optional but you get what I mean.
Once you have your pot done it's time to fill it with your dirt. Make sure your dirt pillow fits and make any adjustments to it before you start gluing. Once you are satisfied, slather the bottom and lower edges of the dirt pillow with hot glue and carefully place it into the pot.
Now you are ready to plant your flowers. Of course, if you are not cheap like me then by all means stop here, go get the flower pins and Bob's your uncle! However, if you want to save $7, onward and upward. I pulled out my fabric scrap basket for this part because the petals and leaves are so tiny but whatever fabric you use, iron it onto fusible interfacing to keep the flowers from fraying. Then draw on a flower shape and a leaf shape and cut them out.
See how cute?
The last step is to poke your ball headed pins through the shapes and add a little glue if you want (if you use glue remember to add it last so you don't gum up your pins). Voila!
Cut out as many more flowers and leaves as you want for your pot (or as many as you can stand to make in one sitting) and then admire your handiwork. I'd love to see photos if anyone makes one.