Make this DIY plant bag with scrap fabric that you have on hand. You can use a rug to sew a fabric planter or use canvas to make a canvas planter bag. No matter what fabric you choose to use, your fabric planter pots will turn out amazing.
Why make a Planter Bag?
Planter pots are expensive, especially when you are looking for larger indoor plant pots. Personally, I really like keeping my store-bought plants inside the cheap plastic pot that they come in. Watering day is super easy because you can just put the plant container in the sink and let the water drain out.
But, those plastic plant containers aren't cute and, you know, I like things that are cute. I basically had the idea to make these really inexpensive planter bags because I had leftover fabric from other projects and also had a few plants that needed ceramic pots or wicker baskets to hide the plastic pots that they came in.
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Grow Bag vs. Fabric Planter Bags
Grow bags are bags that you can plant directly into. They help your plants get a really healthy root system. I've never used these myself, but they look pretty cool!
The tutorial that I'm sharing today is for fabric planter bags that go around a plant container. You can use this tutorial to make cloth plant pots for any sized plant container that you have.
Ok, let's get to the tutorial for the fabric plant containers!
Scrap Fabric Project : DIY Plant Bag
Let me preface this fabric project by saying that I'm not a seamstress. I can sew a straight line, but that's the extent of my sewing skills. So, if you are looking for a BEGINNER FABRIC PROJECT, then this is going to be perfect for you.
Supplies for DIY Fabric Pots
- Scrap fabric (I used leather remnants and an old rug)
- Fabric scissors
- Plant basket or planter (to trace for size - use one that you have!)
- Sewing machine
- Cork pad
- Plant (always love the ZZ Plant and Snake Plant)
I started pinning a bunch of my favorite plants on to a Pinterest board called All About Plants. Follow over there if you need some plant inspiration.
Steps to Make a Planter Bag
- Use a planter or basket that you own as a guide for sizing.
- Flip over the basket or planter onto the back of the fabric and mark a circle for the base (outside of the base, so you aren't drawing on the fabric where it will show).
- For my project, I used a medium size basket and my circle size was 13" across.
- Next, you are making the sides of the fabric pot. I used a strip of leather that was 18" tall to create the bag. I don't know how long it needed to be because I had a long strip that I just used and cut once I had the seam sewn.
- Place the circle at the end of the 18" strip and start sewing the pieces together (you place the pieces that you want facing the outside together).
- Feed the circle and the fabric around. You have to do this by hand, otherwise your circle will not be connected.
- After the circle is sewn on, sew up the side.
- Flip the fabric planter inside out.
- Put a cork planter pad in the bottom and then place your plant inside the plant pot.
- Fold the raw edges in toward the plant.
- Trim any excess.
It's really that easy! If you are a visual learner, here's the photos of how to make the DIY plant bag.
If you have sewing skills, then you know that it would look more finished if you sewed the long piece together to create its own circle and then sewed the pieces together. BUT, for me... the method that I used worked great!
I actually loved it so much that I did it again with a few scraps of rug that I had.
Since the rug had some unique fringe on it, I folded the rug outward instead of inward. I think it added something super cute. Curious to hear, would you ever make a scrap fabric planter pot?
I made these cloth plant pots a few years ago and have really loved them. They've moved all over my house and have housed many different types of plants.
As I was working on refreshing Greyson's room, I shopped my house for decor that would be a good fit for his space. I realized that one of the fabric plant pots would be perfect for his space.
p.s. If you are looking for other options for cheap plant pots, I made this planter pot table and a hanging planter as well.
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oooh i really love this! so cool, ashley!
Thanks girl! I'm really loving it too!
Karen Simon Peterson
What a great idea! I love both the leather one and, especially, the bag made from the rug. I'll be doing this soon.
Yay! I hope you love it!
Gimme all the plant bags. Love them
I know, right?! Plant bags make me happy!
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
Super cool and fun!!!
Well done! Love the material you chose.
The leather plant bag looks great, fashionable and sleek enough for a modern home.
Thank you! I'm really loving both the leather and the rug plant bag. Both are so different yet fun!
This is a really good idea, so simple too. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks Sarah! Simple is my favorite!
Ashley, what a brilliant idea! I can't decide which one i love more, the leather one or the rug one. Either way, such a great way to dress up your plants.
I'm right there with you! I really like both of them.
Michelle from Weekend Craft
Love this! Was wondering from your IG stories if you were going to add the carpet or not. I love that you made something else from the scraps. So creative.
Haha! So many people had major opinions on that! I love it both ways!