How to Make Pretty Fabric Covered Flowerpots

9 Materials
30 Minutes

We love to make homemade gifts for family and friends and think these pretty little fabric covered flowerpots fit the bill perfectly. They are simple and cheap to make but look fabulous paired with a lovely plant as a thoughtful gift.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

What you need to make fabric covered flowerpots.

Bostik White Glu


Terracotta flowerpots

Paper, pen, pins and scissors to make a template and cut out the fabric.

Acrylic paint and paintbrush

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

How to make a template for the fabric covered flowerpots

To start, I made templates for the fabric that I was covering my flower pots with. Although not essential, this step really does make the rest of the project more manageable.

I also painted the inside of my flower pots with acrylic paint to coordinate with the fabric and give them a bespoke look.

I had two different size pots, so made two templates.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

I first marked the top of each size pot with a sharpie, so that I had a point to work from. I placed the pot on a piece of paper and traced the top edge while rolling the pot one complete turn plus a little extra for the overlap, and then did the same for the bottom edge.

To account for the fold of fabric over the top and bottom of the pot, I used a measure to add an inch then cut out the template and checked that it fitted as planned. You can see from the shape of the template that you would end up cutting lots of excess fabric off if you didn’t use one, so this step definitely makes everything easier later.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

I then evicted our cat from his new found bed and cut out the fabric pieces using the template as a guide.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

How to make fabric covered flowerpots

I used Bostik White Glu to stick the fabric to our flower pots. Bostik White Glu is a general purpose, solvent-free adhesive which has been specially developed to provide superior performance for arts and crafts projects. It offers excellent adhesion to porous materials such as fabric, leather, paper, textiles, wood, cardboard and felt, so is perfect for this craft.

As well as being ready to use straight from the bottle, Bostik White Glu is also ideal to water down for crafts such as paper mache and decoupage, and when using on really porous surfaces such as these terracotta pots.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

I diluted our white glu with roughly the same amount of water to glue. You can see from the photo below that it is similar to the consistency of single cream.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

I covered the outside wall of each pot with the diluted glue and placed the fabric in position, smoothing it into place. I found working with the pot upside down made it really easy to position the fabric, leaving just a few millimetres sticking up ready to be stuck down in the next stage.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

The Bostik white glu happily stuck the fabric to itself on the overlaps, so I didn’t need to do anything extra with the seams. Once the fabric was in position on the walls of the flower pot, I left the glue to dry before returning for the next stage.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

To finish the top edge of our fabric covered flower pots, I cut slits in the fabric, and stuck each one down with the Bostik White Glu and once again left to dry before upturning and folding the bottom edge over and glueing into place.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

And here are my finished pretty fabric covered flower pots. Each one cost about a dollar to make and looks fab with a colourful plant in it. I won't be planting straight into these pots, so just dropped the plants straight it in their own plastic plant pots so that they are easy to remove for watering and changing up.

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots

If you would like more inspiration for gifts you can make yourself, you’ll find lots in the homemade presents category on our blog :)

how to make pretty fabric covered flowerpots
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 7 questions
  • Jo Ann
    on Nov 15, 2018

    What kind of glue do I use if I want to plant plants in the pots?

  • Christine Evans
    on Nov 18, 2018

    I absolutely love this idea! I’ve read some comments,but not sure I understand some though. If I want to use real plants (for indoors) do I put something over material?

    • Kristie Foreman
      on Nov 18, 2018

      Terra cotta pots soak up water even out of the plant is let go to long between watering. I love the plastic pot inside idea. Very cute I love the fabric pots

  • Any idea if a fat quarter will cover a certain size pot? I live in Hawaii and can't wait to see some pretty tropical fabrics on the pots.

    • Craft Invaders
      on Nov 19, 2018

      Hi Chrissy. If you look at the photo of the fabric with the template pinned to it you can see that it is using slightly more than a quarter of the square (the whole piece was about 20 inch square). The pot that I made that template for was one of the bigger ones and had a diameter of 4 1/2 inches and was 4 inches tall - Hope that helps :)

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  • Naomi Teanio
    on Nov 19, 2018

    I use Outdoor Modpodge and it works well. And I also plant directly into the pot, but adding the potted plant is also a great idea. Gonna try that so that I do not disturb the plant roots...🤙🏽. Also, being in Hawaii, I used Hawaiian print fabric...🌴🌞🏄🏽‍♂️

    • Craft Invaders
      on Nov 19, 2018

      Thanks so much for letting us know that the outdoor Modpodge works and your pots look Fab - I love the prints Naomi :)

  • Tracey
    on Nov 21, 2018

    I love the idea and I can see the pots being a great storage container or part of a housewarming gift filled with garden tools, apron, etc.

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