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DIY Fabric Pots: Jumpman Pipe
Fabric Pots are becoming more popular for all forms of growing including hydroponics. Yet, it's a wonder that there aren't more brands out there and new designs to make us all happy. So far I've noticed Smart Pot added a "Handled" design to their product line up. Ok, but where are all the cool pots? Unfortunately this project would have to be trademarked or if you did try to make money off making this you would probably be sued. Let's call that company Pretendo. Even though it is not original, it's fun. If you get creative you can come up with your own ideas. Square and cube shapes can be done. Even a triangular pyramid can be done with fabric. So why stop at handles?
Plumber's Pipe Pot
Warning: Jumping On Top of Pot and Crouching will not take you underground. Also beware that this is time consuming. So take it easy, if you want to just put it down and finish later, by all means take a break.
For materials, I personally got my Felts from the local Fabrics and Crafts store. As you should know WalMart is a considerable option. The Felts I have chosen are made from 100% recycled Plastic Bottles. Often this information is written on the label. (This is the same on the label for Roots and Smart Pots). Felt comes in either sheets or rolls. This project requires some by the roll and some by stiffened sheets. The stiffened sheet for the base and the softer rolled felt is for the walls of the pot. The largest circle to choose from a 9''x12" sheet of felt was 9" in diameter. The 9" diameter times the "Pi" is roughly how long I want my rectangle piece for the walls. I throw on a couple extra inches just to mess with. I decide to go with a rectangle that will make the walls 18" high and 32" long round the base. That way I can do a little cutting later.
1 Sewing Needle
1 Spool of thread
1 Sheet of Stiffened Felt 9"x12"
1 Yard of Felt By the Yard
Cut Felt to Create:
1 9"Circle of Stiffened Felt
1 18" x 32" Rectangle of Felt
Step 1: Attaching Circle to Rectangle.
Begin about an inch into the top left corner of your rectangle. Or A different corner if you decide. I will go sew clockwise around my circle.
Step 2: Connecting the two ends of the Rectangle together.
Lay Rectangle down and cut excess pieces of rectangle. Sew the two ends of the rectangle together. Do not sew the top closed.
Because it hangs over an Inch, I have to sew and inch deep into the two rectangles.
Step 3: Flip and Fold.
You have just sewn it together inside out. Now you must reach in and flip it outside out.
The Smart Pot is an inert fabric container that has no meaningful chemical exchange with the surrounding environment. On a microscopic, chemical level, the Smart Pot fabric is an inert plastic. If the medium and fertilizers you use in the Smart Pot are organic, you will be growing organically in the Smart Pot container.
Let Root Pots be your choice for containers Made from 100% Recycled Material.
Last edited by PurpleRhinoceros; 12-04-2010 at 05:01 PM.
Hmmm interesting, and you can use whatever medium you want in them? =)
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Yeah man, like any other pot. Although they might need to be washed first. I'm not 100%, however I do have a bunch of these pots growing perfectly fine. No problems yet, But I did rinse them first. Some had glitter. But after you're done sewing your pots, i'd probably throw it in the wash. (Not with the whites of course.) Have to add that It's hard to believe it's plastic.
Last edited by PurpleRhinoceros; 12-03-2010 at 11:18 PM.
Yeah now post some pics of you growing in them. I'd like to see it in action
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Because you are curious enough, but sadly this example was a male. Size of the Mini Purple Fabric pot was 3" wide (4" Tall) and the medium was straight coco. I think it was 12/12 from early on (not seed) for early sexing, gave it one of those FIM jobs(from the looks of it), ugly buggard. My apologies for not having anything better.
Originally Posted by FirsTime
Last edited by PurpleRhinoceros; 12-06-2010 at 08:44 PM.
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Very interesting i am defanitly gonna have to try this after my current grow is done
and i suppose you can make them as large as a 10gallon bucket?
im learning for a future retirement away from capitalism and pharmaceuticals
Originally Posted by tc1
Just a thought on the fabric, though. While the felt used seems to work fine, a more suitable material might be filter-cloth. It is a fabric used in landscape construction for retaining soil while allowing for drainage and air exchange.
I like your idea. When I first saw smart pots I wondered how hard it would be to simply make them yourself. (I noticed right away that they didn't seem to be much more than stitched filter-cloth.)
Start sewing now if you are going to make plans like that. Or start asking friends and family now for help, it's very time consuming.
Originally Posted by 12tblp12
Yeah, you can make them as large as you want to. Just stick to the rule that the rectangle has to be at least 3.14 times the size of the diameter of your base circle.
Originally Posted by vradd
Thanks Skmo, filter cloth doesn't sound like a bad idea either. I noticed on that label for the Roots Pots that they were made from recycled plastic bottles, so I've assumed they are made of some sort of treated felt that is also made from recycled plastic bottles.
Originally Posted by sk'mo
Very cool. I may try one or two of these next time.
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