No special skills are required to make these cute and natural-looking moss pouches. And the fun thing about this project is that it is not an exact science. If something ends up crooked or a little lopsided, it just adds to the natural look.
But if someone is looking for perfection, this may not be the right project. When the plant is watered, the bottom of the moss pouch gets soggy – and a bit of the soil residue can even leach out. For that reason, these moss pouches should be kept on a saucer.
Making the Pouch
I started with a 12 X 7 piece of sheet moss (specifically, Instant Green Supermoss) and a similarly sized piece of light-duty landscape fabric.
I removed the paper backing from the sheet moss to expose the grid.
And I placed the landscape fabric over the grid where the paper backing had been.
Then I folded the moss and fabric in half so that the moss was on the inside and the landscape fabric was on the outside. Then I pinned the sides together.
On the bottom part, where the fold was, I cut each corner at a 45-degree angle.
Then it was time to stitch. This project was messy, with little bits of moss coming off of the sheet. So there was no way I was going to put this into my lovely little sewing machine. I would stitch it by hand.
Because the grid that the moss is adhered to is somewhat loosely spaced, there wasn’t much for a thread to hold on to. So I needed to use a fairly thick thread. I used embroidery floss (in a mossy color) and a large needle.
And I found out the hard way that, for the stitches to hold, I would need to tie big, secure knots at the beginning and end of every run of stitches. I double- and triple-knotted everything.
With this in mind, I simply stitched up the right and left sides of the pouch and left the top un-stitched.
At this point, it looked a little like a pocket.
Now it was time to turn it right-side-out. Because the moss tended to shed from the sheet when disturbed, this had to be done very carefully.
Now I had a moss pouch with a landscape fabric inner lining. It was not yet ready to stand on its own, but I had a solution.
I folded the top of the pouch (approximately an inch of it) inwards all around the opening.
And then I stitched four evenly-spaced pleats into the top.
This was to make sure the top would stay folded inward, and it would make the pouch more likely to stand on its own. It also gave the pouch a cute little inward curve at the top – while still providing room to place the plant and soil inside.
I coaxed and manipulated the bottom of the pouch a bit, and it was almost standing on its own – but not quite.
So I tried the simplest thing I could think of: I placed a generous handful of decorative pebbles inside. This weighted the bottom of the pouch enough to solve the problem.
At this point, with the added pre-moistened soil, the pouch was fairly stout and heavy – and it was standing on its own very well. Still, I probably wouldn’t trust having it around rambunctious kids or pets. Nor would I plant it with a large, top-heavy plant.
Now, it’s worth mentioning again this these moss pouches are not watertight. When the plant is watered, the bottom leaks, so I placed them on a saucer.
I’d made several attempts at these pouches before I came up with this simple design. So I put my earlier prototypes to good use.
I used one of them as a vase wrap: I placed a little spike frog inside a baby food jar, added water, and placed it inside the moss pouch. Then I added tiny cut daffodils and some twigs.
And this all went into a cute little cage I’d found recently at a thrift store.
I love how unstructured and natural these moss pouches look. It’s fun to combine them with a few home decor pieces for an interesting mix of nature and refinement.
They will be nice for St. Patrick’s Day and then they’ll make an easy transition into Easter decor.
They would also be cute as gifts or to use in the garden.
With the right plants and decor, I could see these moss pouches looking good in just about any season.
But how long will they hold up and actually look good? That I don’t know yet, but we will see. One reader suggests misting the sheet moss daily to keep it green. That makes sense and is certainly worth a try!
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