Flip-It: Planter For All Seasons and Holidays


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This is a recycle project AND a quilting project. My Flip-It Planter.

With a quick flip or switch of the quilted square, your work space will be refreshed and updated all year round. Your 9-to-5 desk, home office or craft table. Any space large enough to hold a container.

I rescued these wooden frames from the trash bin at my last J O B.

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They originally housed a cute little battery-operated calculator/clock/calendar.

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But sadly, like most things these days, the batteries were dead on arrival and some of the clocks got discarded. BUT nothing was wrong with the wood frames. I bagged them. Took them home. After four years, I still hadn’t done anything with them.

Then last year I decided to dust them off and make something. Hubby even helped out. He screwed in a side hinge. Which didn’t work. The sides didn’t line up for the box effect I wanted. He drilled holes in them and I tied them together with cord. Still not what I wanted. That’s when I thought of duct tape. Michaels had some really cute tape in fashion colors and designs. Bought some. Tried again. It worked.

I made these boxes.

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And then I quilted squares from scraps to fit inside the outer frames.

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This year I thought I would try something different. Valentine’s Day fabric on the front. Spring fabric on the back. A little fabric time travel, if you will. :D

Just finished these new ones today.

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My project uses five frames to create each box. Frames can be also be used to display photos, cards, artwork, etc. I like how they look with the quilted squares.

Any fabric will work or even scraps. Fabric for one season or holiday on front. A different season or holiday hidden on the back until you flip it. Just like a calendar.

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Make them for all the major holidays. Could even give as a gift. Use birthday fabric. And how about a baby shower with baby-themed fabric? Fill the box with baby bath products. So many ideas!!

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If anyone would like to make their own Flip-It Planter, I can put some frames in my Etsy Shop. One dollar each plus shipping. E-mail me or leave a comment. Thanks!!


Fabrics I used: Moda on the front and Michael Miller’s Citron Gray on the back. The gray polka dot came from JoAnn’s. Warm and Natural cotton batting.

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Linking up to Crazymomquilts for finish up Friday.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/02/finish-it-up-friday-week-14.html

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9 comments on “Flip-It: Planter For All Seasons and Holidays

  1. Dorothy says:

    I love to recycle! We just throw good stuff away that can be useful. Very creative with the frames!

  2. Deb says:

    These frames are so pretty! I never would have thought to construct boxes out of them. :)

    I just noticed you changed your page header image- when did you do that? Please tell it was recently and I’m not *that* unobservant! LOL

  3. Paula Lee M. says:

    I love that you recycled something like this. My hubby doesn’t understand why I collect things as he calls it. But this is an example of the kind of reasoning behind my collecting. Nice, green and useful too.

  4. Shauna says:

    What a great idea! Very inventive and tons of opportunities to showcase your quilting!

  5. Sarah C. says:

    Very cute idea! And I love the idea of being able to change the little quilts out to match your mood… Thanks for linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays and we hope to see you again soon!!

  6. don_mae says:

    Hi everyone and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    I collect all sorts of containers which may be useful one day, I hope. Especially LOVE the little plastic containers with the red tops from KFC. I have about 50 of them!! Even hubby saves them for me. LOL!! Got him trained.

    Deb, your post made me smile. Remember the last time I tried to change the header. LOL!! This time I played around with it for hours. Yesterday. I had to make and remake the photomerge about six times until I got it like I wanted. I almost e-mailed you for help but kept at it.

    Sarah, yes, I do plan to come back. If I have something new to showcase. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Crystal says:

    Ok, I’ll have to write this in the form of an outline – several topics! LOL

    1. Love your new header! Of course, for a second I thought I was in the wrong house! ;-)

    2. OMG! The KFC containers! I have ‘em too. I use them for beads and current beading projects. They’re great for counting out the supplies needed in a bead-weaving design and then toting one little container to the TV! ;-)

    3. You are TOO clever! Those picture frames are adorable with quilted squares in them !!! (And so sweet that hubby helped with your first attempt to use them!)

    • don_mae says:

      LOL!! “in the wrong house”, now that is funny. Yep, it was time for a change.

      Thanks much. I plan to make up something else with those frames. Got a couple more ideas. :D

  8. Carla V. says:

    What an awesome way to recycle and they came out great!

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