Love the look of knit but don’t have the skills? Old sweaters are super cozy and easy to cut and sew! Warm up a pot or planter with a slip cover quickly and easily crafted with an old or thrifted cable knit texture. Great for the cooling weather ahead and those plants you will soon bring indoors (like this rich and full ornamental kale).
- cylindrical pot (works much better than a bowl style pot)
- old sweater
- sewing machine
1. Start by cutting the sweater for your pot. You will want to cut a large piece big enough to fold in half and wrap around the pot (cut larger and measure down, it is always easier to cut off more than to try and add material later!). If your sweater is on the small side and you are using a larger pot, you may be able to just simply cut off the bottom portion of the sweater and hem the top. If not, continue on to steps 2-4.
2. Fold the piece of sweater inside out, pin, and sew along the length of the long edge.
3. Using the open ends of the piece, pull the right side of the sweater out. Match up the two short ends of the cover and sew together.
4. Turn the cover over again so that the seam of the two short ends faces inwards towards the pot. Pull over the pot to ensure that it fits. Make modifications to size if necessary.
5. Take the cover off the planter and plant the plant inside. Once the planter is clean with the plant inside, pull the cover back up and over the pot to finish the project!
Make a few planter covers in different colors, sizes and textures for your various pots and planters. Get creative and add buttons (you could do this to replace step 4 if desired). These are perfect to “keep your pots warm” until the warm weather comes again and it is time to bring your plants back outside!
You may have some leftover sweater after this project, save for other great projects like a pillow, sweater stocking or coffee sleeve!