A Flower Pot With Sweater

8 Materials
$0
1-2 Hour
Easy

An apartment without plants is unimaginable for me but even as a child I realized early that I dont have the green thumb. Amazingly, there are many plants that enjoy first drying up regularly followed by having their own small lakes in the pot in which they can swim until the roots rot away. Despite my bad habit, it grows and prospers in my apartment and as a result (and because there are so many pretty
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Finished flower pot cover.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Materials and tools you need: An elastic band, a safety pin, the sleeve of a sweater...
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
...Paint (fabric paint or varnish), a piece of foam, a clothespin, a flower pot ...
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
...a template or a printed motif, a sharp knife and an adhering medium to make a new template.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
First, you must cut off one sleeve of a sweater.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Put the sleeve over your pot, so you can precisely determine the needed length. Now cut off the excess fabric but remember to leave about 1,6 inch for a draw cord.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Sew the down side of the sleeve to a draw cord (leave an opening) and use the safety pin to pull the elastic band through the draw cord. Now you need to pull the band to gather the fabric until you are satisfied and then you can sew the two ends of the elastic band together and cut off the excess elastic.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Your flower pot cover is done when you have closed the opening of the draw cord. Everyone who wants to paint their cover like me has to keep on reading.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
For my template I used a Japanese leaf pattern, from which I unfortunately only had a small photo and so I had to draw the rest of the pattern myself. To make my stencils self-adhesive, I use a foil that is adherent on both sides but does not stick and can be easily removed again. Hereby you first have to press the paper gently to one side of the foil...
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
...and then cut out everything that does not belong to the template.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Next, I peeled off the protective cover from the back of the foil and gently pressed my template onto the flower pot cover.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
With the clothespin and the foam I made a disposable brush for dappling and colored the whole fabric cover white. Normally I would not use varnish for fabric because it makes the fabric very stiff but in this case the stiffness is quite beneficial.
a flower pot with sweater, container gardening, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Immediately after painting, the template must be removed to prevent it from sticking and your flower pot cover is done. If you like to see more of my projects just visit my blog :-)
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  • Gardengraz
    on Apr 17, 2018

    Is the drawstring for the bottom of the cover?

  • S
    on Oct 27, 2018

    Why not use a printed or striped sweater?

  • Glenna
    on Oct 30, 2018

    Most important question is what is the name of that plant you can't kill.

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