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Fabric-Covered Flowerpots

Pretty prints brighten a workspace.




Choose a vessel without a raised rim or a hole.


  • Paper
  • Flower pot
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Double-sided adhesive paper
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Create a template: Wrap a piece of paper around pot, folding excess into pot and around its base. Unwrap pot, and trace creased lines with a pencil. (The resulting shape will be an arc.)

  2. Step 2

    Cut out the template, and trace onto wrong side of fabric with a disappearing-ink pen. Cut out a fabric arc that is 2 inches longer at top, 1 inch longer at bottom, and 1/4 inch wider on sides than the template.

  3. Step 3

    To apply fabric to pot, Adhere double-sided adhesive paper to the wrong side of the fabric; trim adhesive.

  4. Step 4

    Then align pot's top and bottom edges with marked lines on fabric; roll to adhere, pressing out air bubbles with a bone folder.

  5. Step 5

    Cut vertical slits in excess fabric at top, stopping just shy of rim. Fold fabric over, and adhere to interior of pot. Repeat to secure excess fabric at base.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006



Reviews (10)

  • 2boysinLA 9 Mar, 2011

    This is a fun project! I did it with a tin, using the Thermoweb adhesive which I found at Michaels. Here's my post about it: Thanks for the idea!

  • chronicshawni 9 Mar, 2011

    You can use modge podge and decoupage the fabric down. I've done this before with lace and fabric around the rim on the top. You can even spray clear protectant on it and it can go outside in the weather and hold dirt. Mine have been outside for a year now and still look great!

  • shearsnip 8 Mar, 2011

    I think they might want you to use Therm O Web Peel n Stick?

  • shearsnip 8 Mar, 2011

    I think they might want you to use Therm O Web Peel n Stick?

  • CraftyConnie 8 Mar, 2011

    I thought ModPodge would be in the direstions before I read them because something is needed to hold down the folds of material inside the pot.

  • jeancham56 8 Mar, 2011

    I wonder why your instructions didn't include a list of necessary items or tools. Such as the adhesive paper or what is it ? It may be an easy project for you but most of us aren't in your studio first hand.

  • jeancham56 8 Mar, 2011

    @TubacJoy- Sounds like a better plan. I like that idea for the lampshades! Thanks!
    @ LindaFlynn- That's a great idea using Mod Podge, I thought of that too and you confirmed that idea!! Thanks!

  • LindaFlynn 8 Mar, 2011

    I used a few coats of Mod Podge to attach the fabric to a pot and also containers. It worked very well.

  • TubacJoy 8 Mar, 2011

    It might be easier to lay the pot down on its side on a piece of paper, roll the pot and draw the path it takes. I have not tried this particular craft, but I have used this method for re-covering lampshades.

  • hunter972 8 Mar, 2011

    I wish I could see a video of this. It's difficult to visualize.