The worm farm insulating blankets

This is a picture from someone on my local Buy Nothing group–of her worm farm, now insulated by a custom blanket I made. I love that statue, which I didn’t see in the original post because it was just too small!

I noticed that folks on our Buy Nothing group were requesting worms, because theirs had died over summer. It seemed sensible to offer strategies for keeping worms alive over our hot summers. Now, to be honest with you, my worm farms are tastefully (*cough*) draped with a couple of old towels, or a cut off piece of “dog blanket” (see below). “Dog blanket” is an entire category in some Australian op shops/thrift stores, covering stained blankets and those that have met with careless washing or other mishaps rendering them unfit for polite human company in the estimation of the op shop volunteers. I cover my worm farms to insulate them and because they are made from black plastic, which is a bad choice for our summers.

These deluxe worm farm insulating blankets were driven by a bit of desperation about the sheer quantity of end-of-life textiles I’ve been receiving from a friend. She and I are both keen to keep as much as possible from landfill. But some textiles are capable of being re homed and others really are not–and I am not managing to give away rags at the rate they are coming into the house.

Only some fabrics can be made into things for show—like bunting. Others really need to be hidden if at all possible!
Sad as it is, even really lovely jumpers can be so worn and moth eaten that I’m not up for rescuing them (especially in the absence of an excited recipient)… and here are some, cut open and laid out as the insulating layer for a blanket.

And here are old singlets doing the same job! I constructed the outside covers of these little numbers from old curtains, gardening jeans and other workwear… worn out clothing… even an old cotton tarpaulin that would no longer keep the weather out. I pieced together the useable parts of all these elements to construct enough fabric for the job.

The end result is a bit like this, designed to sit on the worm farm and drape over it, as in the opening image.

After I made several rectangular models, I got a request for a round one. I have two round worm farms. One, I bought new many years ago. The other was offered to me by someone down the street who thought I looked like the kind of person who would want a worm farm!? Who knew that was so obvious to a passer by?

The lining on this one was all old corduroy pants, whatever remained viable…

The seams in these suckers were a bit of a challenge, I admit… in the end I sewed a layer of old nightie or t shirt over the main insulating layer just to control all the bits before sewing all the layers to each other.

And here it is awaiting collection…

And here is a photo the new owner sent of it in its new home, keeping worms happy!


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7 responses to “The worm farm insulating blankets

  1. Worm Waggas! Woo hoo! (I am guessing you are familiar with the Wagga as a quilt).

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  2. Khendra

    Cool. Here people have trouble keeping their worms warm in winter. Mine live in the cellar because of that. There’s even worm farms who look like furniture so people keep them in the living room. Never thought of an insulating blanket before.

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  3. mowheel655

    Hi Mary I have been inspired by this post to insulate my esky as it is very old doesn’t keep things very cold and I imagine the insulation inside the hard plastic esky.

    I have a thread bare jumper, some off cuts of fake fur handed onto me from a neighbour and a cardigan from a friend’s bin as it couldn’t be cleaned up enough to give to op shops. I will cover it with off cuts of thermal curtain material.

    Thank you for the inspiration so that I can continue to use my old esky with hopefully great insulation Thanks Monica

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