Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Homemade Living Series



We're back to share our homemade living ideas with you.
Hop on over to Life at Cobble Hill Farm
and see what Staci has going on.
Our newest series contributor, Sue,
writes over at The Little Acre That Could.
Enjoy!



Today I'd like to share homemade seed packets.
Here's a YouTube video, if you need more instruction.


We enjoy saving not only crop seeds,
but also some of our favorite flowers.
These little packets keep them dry
and are a great way to share them as well.


For the paper packet, we use scrap paper.


Fold the paper so that you make a large triangle with two sides.


It should look something like this.



Cut off the leftover flap.



Make as many as you need.


Fold one corner over straight across 
until the point of the triangle is touching the opposite side.


Do the same thing on the other side,
so that the remaining point lines up with the opposite side.
It should look somewhat like a Chinese take-out box.


The flap that rests on top is tucked into the front part
that you just folded over.




This secures the packet and holds it together.


After adding seeds, the back flap can be tucked into the same spot,
which keeps seeds where you want them-inside!
Ready for filling!


These packets were so easy to do,
and they only take a few minutes once you get the hang of it.


  This little ditty came to me because I remembered
that I had some scraps of screen to be used up.
All you need is screen, scissors and dental floss (or string).





I simply cut the screen into a rectangle
and "sewed" together the open ends with the floss.
Betsy Ross I ain't, but it'll do.


A pouch was the result.

To make the drawstring at the top,
I used the dental floss to stitch across
every few holes in the screen,
and did that all the way around the open end of the pouch.

Leave a loop of floss and then secure it with a knot,
so that you'll be able to open and close the bag.



This would be a great project for kids
who need practice with fine motor skills.
They could store all kinds of treasures in them.


We used them for seed storage to bring to a swap.



Seeds, anyone?


Saving seeds is a fun and educational activity.
Plants amaze me with their ability to keep themselves going
with these lovely little gems.
Share some seeds today!





Next week Jackie, Mary and Tammy
will add their ideas to the mix!
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20 comments:

  1. I love your ideas for the seed packets, especially the folded paper. I'm going to make some.
    Have a great week!

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  2. I absolutely love the re-purposed paper packet. What a fantastic idea. And the screening.....brilliant! I love saving seeds - such a great way to make gardening affordable. Great post as always!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Staci. I'm sure your sewn pouches would look a bit better than mine! ;0D

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  3. I'm just getting started with seed saving. Now I have a great resource for making my own packaging. Thank you! These are both great ideas. I have been saving the bags that onions come in in hopes of doing something useful with them some day. Now I know what. :-)

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    1. Great idea to use the onion bags! I love repurposing!

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  4. How neat! We saved a bunch of seeds this year for the first time and are just storing them in envelopes right now. I like your methods!

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    1. You can save your envelopes for mailing out the seeds you want to share!

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  5. Your seed packets are so cute. And I loved that you used scrap paper!

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  6. I think that is the most genius paper folding I have ever seen! I love those!

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    1. Wish I could take credit for the idea, but I can't. ;0) Enjoy!

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  7. Love your homemade living series ladies! Thank you for sharing this great idea at Farmgirl Friday! Deb

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    1. Glad you found something useful here. Stop by anytime! ;0D

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  8. Great ideas! We shared with our FB readers at homesteadlady.com.

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  9. This is fantastic! You can use them year after year. I just use envelopes, and they aren't the brightest idea. ALmost caught my kid shaking them the other day!

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