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DIY Fabric Pots

I saw some lovely fabric pots on Instagram the other day and was instantly inspired to make some of my own!

Materials:

  • Exterior fabric (I used faux leather and a tribal print cotton)
  • Interior fabric (I used rain-resistant fabric, but anything plastic like, shower resistant or water resistant would work)
  • Sewing Machine

Now you will need to figure out the size of your fabric pot. Most of my plants are in pots that are about 12cm in diameter so I made all the fabric pots slightly larger than this.

I created these pots using two methods. I will be showing you both.

Method 1:

Above you’ll see that I’ve cut the interior and exterior fabrics.

You will notice that the waterproof fabric is much shorter than the exterior fabric. This is so that I can fold the exterior fabric over and sew everything into place.

I’ve made the round bottoms about 14cm in diameter and the rectangular pieces about 40cm in length. The heights will vary depending on what method you are using to make the pot and how high your pots are.

  1. Fold each rectangular piece in half (right sides facing each other) and sew the side seams.
  2. Pin the circles onto the corresponding rectangular pieces (right sides facing each other) and sew in place.
  3. Turn the interior fabric right side out and place it onto the exterior fabric (wrong sides together).
  4. Pin the interior and exterior together at the top.
  5. Fold the exterior over and fold the raw seams under.
  6. Pin the fold in place and then sew.

Note: When pinning the water resistant fabric, remember to pin within the seams so that there are no holes on the final piece and any holes are hidden. If you want your pot to be super water resistant, pencil in some glue around the sewed edges on the wrong side. This will close up the gap between the fabrics.

Turn the whole thing right side out and you’re done!

Method 2:

In this method the only difference is that the interior and exterior rectangles don’t differ in height and the last step is different.

As you can see, I’ve attached the water proof fabric to the faux leather for the interior side so that when everything is put together you will see the faux leather and not the water proof fabric when looking at the pot from above.

  1. Fold each rectangular piece in half (right sides facing each other) and sew the side seams.
  2. Pin the circles onto the corresponding rectangular pieces (right sides facing each other) and sew in place.
  3. Place one piece into the other (right sides together).
  4. Sew all along the top of the pot, leaving a gap that will be large enough to pull eveyrthing through after.
  5. Pull everythign through the gap so that it looks like the image above.
  6. Push the interior piece back into the exterior piece and close up the gap by hand.

Note: When pinning the water resistant fabric and leather, remember to pin within the seams so that there are no holes on the final piece and any holes are hidden. If you want your pot to be super water resistant, pencil in some glue around the sewed edges on the wrong side. This will close up the gap between the fabrics.

Once you’ve come up with a pattern that you like, it’s so simple to make one in every fabric and one for every plant in the home!

Note that these pots are not completely water proof, just water resistant. Even if you get water resistant fabic, there are still holes in the fabric from where you’ve sewed and there is always possibilities for water to seep through. I water the plants while they are still in the fabric pot, but I am very aware of how much water goes in because I don’t want it to pool inside. To be safe, I’d say you should take your plants out before watering them and have it drain properly before placing them back in.

I saw some lovely fabric pots on Instagram the other day and was instantly inspired to make some of my own! Materials: Exterior fabric (I used faux

DIY Fabric Planters

by Emma Jeffery

These fabric planter covers are an ideal way to bring your own style and pop of color to any indoor gardening project. Learn how to decorate your clay and terra cotta flower pots with fabric for a bold new look.

Tools used

The Original Orange-handled Scissors™ (8″)

Amplify® Mixed Media Shears (8″)

Ergo Trowel (300S)

Supplies

Burlap Lining fabric
Sewing machine and thread Pins
Terracotta flowerpots Plastic drip tray

1. Use the plastic drip tray or the top rim of the flowerpot (whichever is larger) as a template by laying it on top of the burlap fabric. Draw around the circle adding an extra 1″ and cut out using the 8″ Amplify® Mixed Media Shears.

2. Next, determine the required length of the rectangle of fabric that will be the sides of your planter cover. Measure the diameter of the circle cut in step 1. The length of the rectangle will be the diameter of the circle multiplied by 3.14. The width of the rectangle will be determined by measuring the height of the flowerpot and adding 6″. To accurately cut burlap, mark the measurement points and pull out an entire thread from the burlap. Once you have removed one thread of burlap from the weave, you’ll have a straight and accurate cutting line. Cut the burlap using the 8″ Mixed Media Shears.

3. Cut a piece of lining fabric using the Orange Handled Scissors and adhere to the same measurements as the rectangle in the previous step.

4. Pin the burlap rectangle to the lining rectangle with the wrong sides of the fabric facing each other. Join the two short ends of both fabrics together and stitch to create a cylinder. Fold back the raw edges of the seam allowance and stitch down to reinforce the seam.

5. Turn the cylinder so that the lining fabric is on the outside. Pin the circle you cut in step 1 to the bottom of the cylinder and sew around the perimeter and continue to turn the planter cover to the right side.

6. Place the drip tray and flowerpot in the planter cover and check sizing. Turn over the top edge of the planter cover to reveal the contrast lining.

7. When houseplants have outgrown their pots, it’s time to transplant them into something new and larger. You will know if plants need to be transferred when potting mix dries out quickly after watering, or if plants have stopped growing. Purchase potting mix, pots, and grab some tools. Terracotta pots (and saucers) are inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to work with. You will not see the pots once they are tucked inside the handsome bags.

8. Open the bag of potting soil and use the Big Grip cultivator to rake lightly over the potting soil, removing any lumps.

9. Now take the overgrown plant from its pot. Loosen the soil around the roots by raking the cultivator lightly over the root ball of the pot-bound plant or by poking gently with the Big Grip trowel.

10. Place a couple of trowels full of potting soil in the new pot. Set the plant you are transplanting on top of the soil in the new pot, pressing firmly. The plant should sit in its new pot with the crown just at the rim of the pot. Add more potting soil at the bottom of the pot, if necessary, and when the plant is sitting at the right height, fill in with potting soil around the edges of the pot.

11. Finally, water the plants with a watering can. Allow the pot to drain before you set it in its saucer in the potting bag.

Houseplants transplanted into larger pots should be fine in their new pots for a couple of years. They may seem a little too small for their pots at first, but a larger pot will give plants room to grow and thrive.

Fabric planter covers are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your home! Learn how to decorate your clay and terra cotta flower pots with fabric for a fun new look. ]]>