Fabric Planter DIY

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)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?

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-fabric scissors
-2 twill fabrics patterns
-plastic liner (6 mm thick)
-rope 
-extra large eyelet kit 
-hammer
-waterproofing spray (optional)

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)  Use a sewing machine to sew across the top width of your fabric with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)          Once sewn, flip your fabric over so the patterns face right side out, and iron your top seam flat.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)         On the right edge of your fabric, use your iron to press a 1/2" hem on the front and back fabric panels.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)      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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)             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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)       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).

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)   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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)        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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)    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.

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)           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!

Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)  Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial) Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)   Fabric Planter DIY (click through for tutorial)     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
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