Hi friends! Today I have another tutorial for you ( I seem to be on a roll here with the tutorials!). See those fabric planters there? Well today I’m going to teach you to make one for your very own plant! They are so easy you can even make two or three in an afternoon or over a weekend!
If you don’t already know, my favorite color is green. I love almost any green but grass green is my happy place. I’ve tried to love other colors more (green hasn’t always been “cool”, ya know?) but I always come back to green and it always, always makes me smile. So you can imagine how sad it is living in Chicago through Winter, when all the grass is covered in icky snow ( I know, I know! Snow is beautiful… for about a week then it’s just cold and gray and yucky- FOREVER! Until wonderful Spring comes along!). So last Fall, in an effort to bring more green inside for the Winter, I bought a bunch of plants! At one point my husband was worried he would come home to a jungle! Well over the next six months, I lost a number of plants (not the biggest green thumb over here). I figured I would make new “clothes” for the plants that did survive! Also, ceramic planters are pretty pricey when you need more than a couple.
When I saw Botany Fabrics by Hawthorne Threads I knew it was the fabric I wanted to use for my planters. It’s a bit modern with a touch of a vintage feel to it. I chose six of my favorite prints and Hawthorne was kind enough to send them to me. SO without any more ramblings, let’s get started!
DIY Fabric Planter
Things you will need:
2 fat quarters of coordinating fabric
Pellon Peltex ultra firm sew-in stabilizer
(Seriously, that is all the ingredients you will need!)
The size of the planter you are working with will determine how you will need to cut your fabrics.
Lets start by measuring the height and width of your planter (this one is from Lowes last year and you can use my measurements if you happen to have the same one).
Once you have your measurements, cut your Peltex to size, you want the two ends to touch but not overlap. I made mine just a bit taller than the plastic planter making my cutting measurements 6 x 19 1/2.
Next, cut your top boarder print 2 x 20 inches and your main fabric 5 x 20 inches which will give you your seam allowance to work with.
Sew your boarder print and main fabrics with right sides facing together, press seam open. Center on top of your Peltex and use clips to hold your seam allowance over the long sides.
Here you can get creative with your stitching! I added several lines of Aurifil Thread stitching on the boarder print and one along the bottom making sure to catch the fabric on the back side so it stays folded over the edges nicely. You could also do some fancy free motion quilting or even sewing illustration! Just make sure to have fun with it 😉
Once the “quilting” is done, fold it so the short ends are lined up.
Sew along the short edge making sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end. Trim any excess fabric from the short edge. Turn right side out.
Next you will need to make a circle out of Peltex to make the base of your planter. For this I was able to place a container lid in my planter to hold the shape and trace around the circle, you could also use one of those fancy pencil things that makes circle marking easier. Your circle does not have to be perfect, just make sure its not bigger than your planter bottom and you will be fine.
Cut out your Peltex circle and place on top of a coordinating fabric. Fold fabric edges over and sew around the circle.
Turn your planter bottom up and place circle on top, use pins to hold into place. This last step is the longest part of the process, so put on some Netflix and enjoy a little bit of whip stitch action. Using coordinating thread, make a small whip stitch around the bottom, making sure to catch the top and bottom of your planter, removing pins as you go. Knot and hide your thread tail at the end and you are DONE!
Isn’t that boarder print great? Make as many as you can and brighten up your home or someone else’s! Perfect gift for Mothers Day too!
Note: The pots that are shown here have built in water trays in the bottom, however my green and pink planter one did not and let’s just say things got a little messy even a day after watering my plant. So if you don’t have a tray in your planter pot, I would recommend placing a plastic liner around your pot before placing it in your fabric planter, something like a freezer bag would probably do the trick.
I just love these prints from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t already seen their in-house designs, make sure to check them out HERE! (Oh my goodness, they have two new lines I hadn’t seen before!!) I swear they just keep getting better and better! This is a fun way to incorporate your favorite fabrics and colors into your home, because who doesn’t want to look at pretty fabric all day!? I know I sure do!
Would you just look at all that pretty green? I just love it! Also, I love me a good Snake plant and they’ve survived this long so I guess they like me back.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you leave here encouraged and inspired to try some sewing of your own.
Special thanks to Hawthorne Threads for their beautiful fabrics!
Happy sewing, friends!