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Sew your own Stylish and Unique Plant Pots - No better way to say Thank You.

There is no nicer way to say "Thank You " or " I love you " or "I appreciate you" - than with a thoughtful home made gift. With Mother's day on the horizon, grab your scrap bag, and scroll through the tutorial .

The plant pots or storage pots "do not cost the earth either " ! Use up your left over fabric from previous project or, re-cycle fabric. My fabric is up cycled vintage outdoor garden chair covers.

The lining ( which is also water proof) is some left over blackout curtain lining.

You will need to download the free pdf pattern for the pot bases, and chalk on to your fabric the measurements for the remaining pattern pieces.

You can choose from two sizes or make both ! the large pot measures- circumstance 43cm, height 15cm and the small pot, circumstance 33cm, height 11cm.

The waterproof lining protects your surfaces from any leakages. I suggest your plant is in a plant pot and sitting on a saucer, or you remove your plant from the plant pot, water, let in drain then pop it back in the gorgeous fabric plant pot.

These stylish pots are also perfect for storage, make-up brushes, sewing bits and bobs, children's hair bands, the list is endless.

Free tutorial -Beginners sewing project _ learn to sew a plant pot or a storage pot.

Materials and Equipment

If you need to buy fabric 30cm x 110cm of fabric will be plenty, firm fabric is best for this project, if your fabric is lightweight, iron on medium weight interfacing to the WS of the main fabric and lining, to give your fabric the correct weight.

30cm x 110cm of waterproof lining fabric, you could use a old shower curtain.

Using waterproof fabric to line the pots is optional and you can line the pots with contrast or matching fabric, and wrap a little tin foil around the end of the plant pot in case of leaks.

If you use a contrast lining you will have the option to fold over the lining showing a contrast top.

This plant pot was made using a contrast lining.

Matching thread or contrast thread, pins, tape measure, chalk and scissors.

Tips for beginners

Seam allowance 1 cm this is the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch line. You will find a series of parallel lines engraved on the needle plate of your sewing machine pick the one marked with the measurement you need and keep the edge of the fabric to this guide

RS = right side of fabric WS = wrong side of fabric.

If you are using denim machine-wash your fabric first on a hot wash.

Download your free PFD Pattern here, for the small and large base of the pot, follow the cutting instructions above for the side panels and lining

1.Fold the short seam together RS facing and stitch down that seam using a 1cm seam allowance. Press you seam open.

2.With the RS of the base to the RS of the side of the plant pot, pin the base in as shown.

This can be a little tricky, it feels like you have too much base, you haven't (It does fit I promise !), just gently stretch the main section of the pot and ease in the base, move the pins until it fits as shown.

Using a 1cm seam allowance, machine the base to the main section. Sew up to each pin remove the pin and continue to the next pin. This helps to avoid accidentally sewing in tucks !

3.Join the RS of the main fabric to the RS of the lining on the long edge, using a 1cm seam allowance

machine stitch the lining to the main fabric.

4.Fold the short seam together RS facing and leaving a gap in the lining to turn the pot to the RS machine stitch the edges together.

5.Pin the base of the lining to the lining, using a 1cm seam allowance stitch into place.

6.Insert the RS of the pot into the RS of the lining, matching your side seam, machine stitch into place using a 1cm seam allowance.

7. Using the gap you left in the lining, turn the pot to the RS, pin the gap together, and stitch on the edge.

AWESOME !! YOUR DONE !! Fill with plants !

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