These fabric storage/planter bags have seriously grown in popularity over the 12 month’s haven’t they? You’ll probably struggle to find a homewares store without at least one version of them. Whether it’s for displaying your pot plants or storing your nick nacks, they’re an awesome addition to your home and considering how ridiculously easy they are to make and customise, you really should jump on the train and make one up for yourself!
Mid-last year I created this DIY planter bag project just for Winkelen magazine and since then I’ve made this project at least 5 more times, either out of fabric or paper. They’re such awesome gifts and are really cute for just around the home. I thought it was about time I shared the full tutorial on Craft Hunter for you so you can re-live the inspiration!
For this one I used some Ikea fabric for the patterned side, and I just used white cotton for the inside. If you want yours water tight, try a laminated fabric for the inner layer.
- 2 pieces of fabric for the outer layer 45x65cm each
- 2 pieces of fabric for the inner layer 45x65cm each
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Sewing pins
- 2 pieces of craft foam or scrap cardboard
- Sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)
Measure out and mark up a 40 x 60cm rectangle onto the back of 1 piece of fabric (obviously go bigger if you have a large plant though!) Place on top of your 2nd piece of fabric so the backs are both facing out and pin around the sketched rectangle. Sew 3 sides of your rectangle with a simple straight or zigzag stitch, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Trim around your sewed edges with your scissors.
Place both hands inside your pillow and flatten it out so that the seam is facing up and is in the centre. Push a pin through the seam and ensure its centred with the seam on the underside. Mark a 20cm straight line across the point.
Sew across the line, trim off the fabric and then repeat for the other side of your bag. You should then be left with a base that looks like this:
Repeat these steps for your 2nd fabric design and when you’ve finished, place your liner bag inside the other. To keep the bag sitting up nicely I placed a couple of pieces of craft foam in between the layers, cardboard would work a treat too.
Roll down the two pieces of fabric from the top and you’re done! Be sure to pop a drip tray under your plant pot to protect the fabric, if you haven’t used a laminated fabric.