It may be a “duh” statement, but since we are super into plants, we are also really into planters. One type of planter that we haven’t tried yet is a fabric planter, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to figure out how to make one. I lined the bottom of my planters with plastic and used a waterproofing spray on the fabric so it’s a little more water-friendly when giving the plants a drink, but you could also skip those steps and throw the planters in the wash as needed. Ready to make one?
-2 twill fabrics patterns
-plastic liner (6 mm thick)
–extra large eyelet kit
–waterproofing spray (optional)
Lay your two fabrics on top of each other and cut out a rectangle of fabric that is 18″ tall and 30″ wide. Place the fabrics so that the right side of each fabric is facing each other. Pin the fabric in place across the top width of the fabric.
Use a sewing machine to sew across the top width of your fabric with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Once sewn, flip your fabric over so the patterns face right side out, and iron your top seam flat.
On the right edge of your fabric, use your iron to press a 1/2″ hem on the front and back fabric panels.
Fold your right edge with the pressed hem towards the middle of your fabric, and fold the left side of the fabric towards the middle as well until the sides meet. Tuck the first 1/2″ of the unpressed left side of the fabric in between the ironed hem on your right side. Pin in place.
Sew down your fabric to attach the sides together. You should now have an open cylinder shape with your inside fabric facing outward at this point.
Layer your plastic liner with your bottom fabric, and cut a circle that is 10 1/4″ wide (your circle diameter is really 9 1/4″ with an additional 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around).
Line up the two circles layers (with the liner side facing out) and pin the circle all the way around the bottom of your cylinder.
Use your sewing machine to sew all the way around the bottom circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Once done, turn your fabric bag right side out.
Fold the top part of your fabric over to make the planter as tall as you like for your plant. Use the eyelets and a pen to trace where you want to install your eyelets (I placed mine in the middle of the fold about 3″ apart). Use scissors to cut an “X” on that spot, and use a hammer to install each eyelet following the eyelet kit directions. Repeat the process on the other side.
Thread rope through the eyelets, and make a knot on the inside of the planter (before cutting the rope, wrap the spot with masking or electrical tape so the rope doesn’t unravel). Spray the outside and inside of your planter with waterproofing spray for extra protection (if you want to), and you’re done!
For more protection from water, you can place one of those plastic trays or cork circles at the bottom of the planter before adding the plant (either way, keep the plant in the plastic container you buy it in). If you do this step, make sure you measure the tray or cork before making your planter so it will fit inside your measurements.
You can change the dimensions of this planter as needed to fit your plant. You can also make it taller or shorter so you have a bigger or smaller fold—whatever you like! Have fun! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from The Signature Collection.
These look amazing! Would love to make at least one. Thanks for sharing!
Okay, so this is probably my favorite project ever! I put plants in a giant sea shell last week… but, thinking I love this much better!! Xo! Thanks for all of your inspiration. http://weddingblog.potterybarn.com/diy-scalloped-shell-centerpiece/
Nice idea of covering some plane vases. It´s easy to sew, can choose patterns you love, and, what´s quite important too, this bags protect wooden floor. Thx a lot for sharing the idea.
This is such a lovely idea!
However I have one silly question (I’m kinda new to using a sewing machine) – just before it got sewn into a cylinder, you said ‘Sew down your fabric to attach the sides together’, how do I sew it using a sewing machine? Thanks muchly. x
Laura, I have said it before, but I have to say it again: You are a gem! These are great. Such a well done and clean project, can’t wait to try.
Love this. My great aunt has a lot of plants and she would love this. I have to show he this DIY. Thanks for sharing!
These are so neat, I’m afraid I’d just want to use the bad instead of planting things in them. LOL
So very cute. I think I’ll go outta the box and make them for my great Nieces for their toys! They have so many “little” toys this will be perfect!
Hi Rasa! You could burn the ends with a lighter, but I just taped around the rope where I wanted to cut and cut in the middle of the tape. It should keep it together pretty well.
These are gorgeous!! Amazing job!
Thanks for the great tutorial. You did not mention how you finished off the cording ends so they would not unravel. Can you share? Thanks.
Very nice idea and a great tutorial. I would, however, like to see how you finished off the cording ends so they would not unravel. Can you please share?
Wow! Amazing idea! Sometimes we spend months searching for a perfect planter which matches our home style while we can easily make it according to our courtains, sofa or any other fabric we have at home.
Have a nice day!
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Love it! I think they can be used as storage bins also!
This is a pretty cool idea. You’re projects are very creative and awesome. Keep it up.
What a great idea – especially if you have a really large plant.
Loving the monochrome spot pattern!! // timidlioness
Thanks! It’s Pool Party by China Glaze 🙂
I have a couple of these I’ve made, and all I’ve done is put an old dinner plate under the plastic pot inside the fabric, just the way I would do it if the fabric cover wasn’t there. I’m sure one of those plastic plant trays would work great too, I’m just impatient and lazy! I didn’t do any additional waterproofing and I haven’t had any trouble, because I make sure not to overwater my plants to the extent that it would flood over the dinner plate/plastic tray inside.
Glad you made a tutorial, these are seriously the easiest and cheapest planters I’ve ever encountered!
Wow! this turned out fantastic! I really enjoy the texture and comfort that it adds to the space.