How to Make a Removable DIY Flower Pot Cover
Beautiful large flower pots can be very pricey and a bit hard to find. I always have a stash of cotton piping in my sewing stash so I decided to design a DIY flower pot with a farmhouse feel, using the piping scraps.
DIY Flower Pot Supplies
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One large 8″ dollar store flower pot
25 yards of cotton piping filler cord
1/2 yard muslin
1/2 yard iron-on heavy interfacing
Parchment or Craft Paper
Needle and thread
Optional Lace Collar Supplies
DIY Flower Pot Cover Tutorial
I am sure you have seen all kinds of crafts using rope and hot glue. For this project I wanted something softer looking, so instead of using rope I used natural cotton piping filler. Its soft cream colour and the homespun look is more feminine. Light coloured fabric and potting soil don’t pair well so I found a way to create a removable wrapped flower pot. It takes a few extra steps, but you don’t have to burn your fingers with hot glue (goodness I hate that), and you can add the optional pretty crochet collar if you want to.
Plain DIY Flower Pot Cover
Depending on the style of your farmhouse decor you may prefer the simple flower pot cover. I will show you how to make that first, and follow with the tutorial on crocheting the collar.
To make the flower pot cover removable, instead of attaching the outer piping directly to the pipe with glue, the piping is attached together with iron-on fusible interfacing and a thin muslin for the inside.
Making the Base of the DIY Flower Pot Cover
Place the bottom of the flower pot onto a large piece of paper and draw a circle Fold the pattern in half, cut the outside edge 1/2 inch wider than the pencil pattern.
Place the paper pattern along a fold in the muslin and cut out a circle. Repeat the process with the interfacing.
You made the bottom pieces a bit large to an extra row of cotton piping.
Lay the paper pattern down first. Starting in the middle wrap the piping around each other until the base is covered.
Check that the circular wrapping of the cord is at least a cord width wider than the bottom of your pot. Once your certain cover the piping circle with the interfacing and then the muslin fabric. Iron to seal.
Covering the Sides of the DIY Plant Pot Cover
A simple muslin liner prevents the interfacing from getting stuck to the iron, and to the plastic pot.
Start by creating a pattern using the dollar store flower pot. Lay out a large piece of parchment laying your pot on top. Starting with a pencil at the bottom of your plant pot, roll the pot across the paper marking along the bottom as it arches its way along the parchment paper.
Repeat the process of rolling the flower pot and make a second line along the top arch of the flower pot.
Lay your fabric town, then a large piece of interfacing (remove the backing). Pin the pattern into place on top. You need extra fabric for seams, so once you have the parchment pinned to your fabric, cut the fabric a half inch wider than the pattern on all sides.
Once your fabric and interfacing are cut, wrap them around the dollar store pot with the interfacing on the outside. Place the fabric around your flower pot folding the top and bottom over the pot.
Place the bottom of the flower pot on top of the flower pot, with the fabric side up. Make a single wrap along the side of the pot. As you work along sew the first wrap in place making sure that the first wrap is going around the side of the flower pot instead of widening the bottom.
Continue wrapping the cord around the sides of the pot until you reach the top. I took the needle and thread and ran them through the piping. It’s a great idea to stitch the piping together but it’s not mandatory.
Once the piping is all the way to the top. Sew the top wrap of the piping to the top of the muslin fabric.
Iron the outside of the piping to the interfacing. Do this very well, repeat it a few times. Let cool.
Remove the cover from the flower pot, turn right side out and iron the inside of the flower pot cover.
Plant the flower before sliding the cover back on the pot.
Optional Crochet Collar for Flower Pot Cover
The crochet collar pattern is very simple. It only uses two stitches, double crochet and chain. Its three simple rows are done in large cotton thread and I love the little bit of extra it adds to the flower pot cover.
It took a little searching to find a heavy cotton thread to match the cotton piping. I’d never used it before and loved working with it.
The first step is to sew blanket stitches along the top of your flower pot cover. Do the blanket stitches in multiples of 5, mine had 85 stitches.
Do 1 dc in each stitch, until you reach the first stitch.
Ch 2, dc in first stitch, 1 dc in second stitch, ch2, skip 2, dc in next 5 stitches, ch 2, skip 2, 5 dc, repeat until you reach the first stitch. Slip stitch to the first stitch
Ch 4, In the first hole from ch2 of the previous row. do 4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc in same space, ch 1 in next ch 2 space, 4 dc, ch2, 4 dc, ch 1, repeat until you reach the first stitch. Slip stitch and tie off.
I found a pretty lavender plant at the local market, and because winters are so harsh I decided to try and grow it inside. It has blossomed yet, but the scent of the plant itself is wonderful.