"quilted" planter boxes for mini gardens
Since this forum is connected to the gardening forums on GardenWeb, I hope some of the quilters are also gardeners who might enjoy a project like this. The boxes are made of treated wood nailed together. Then I cut squares of fabric and glued them on with Elmer's glue, thick enough to soak the fabric, but not enough to ooze up between the threads. I used a paint brush to paint small areas with glue, lay fabric, repeat...
I happened to use upholstery fabric samples I used to bring home twice a year when the companies weeded some fabrics out of their collections, but I don't think it would matter what the purpose of the fabric originally was.
After letting it dry for a couple days, I coated fabric and wood, inside and out, with polyurethane, let dry for a few days. (The glue part can be done inside, the poly has fumes, I did that outside.)
The bottom has thin cracks between the boards, and more holes were drilled for ensured drainage. I lined the bottom with landscape fabric to keep soil particles from lodging in the holes/cracks, then ready to plant.
I'm not finished with this yet, needs a top-dressing of an attractive gravel, then many more finishing touches and decorations to make a mini scene, but the boxes are finished, the quilted part. These are for Mother's Day gifts for my Mom and DH's Mom.