Patchwork Pots

There’s this “thing” out there. Before you have a child, you should have a dog for a couple of years. If you can take care of it and manage not to do anything irreversibly stupid, chances are you’re ready for a kid. Some logic here, I suppose! Well, I didn’t do dogs, I did plants, but same premise… sort of. But when I was in college, my plants were my babies. It started innocently enough. I moved into my first dorm room with a James Taylor album in one hand and a little pilea cadierei, better known as an aluminum plant, in the other. As the year went on, I kept picking up new plants. Back then I could literally spend hours picking out a single plant. God love him for putting up with me, but that’s how my boyfriend and I often spent Saturday evenings! And I bought tiny plants, that was all the I could afford. But with excessive care and nurturing, they grew and flourished, and by the time I graduated I had over 40 plants that I schlepped around with me. Kids would be a breeze!

Not only did I meet my plants’ nutritional needs, making home brewed concoctions for them, I also believed in nurturing their souls. I stroked them and played music for them. I monitored their sun intake, rotating them throughout the day. I made sure I didn’t show favoritism. I also dressed them. I made macrame hangers and an assortment of pots. One of my favorite pots was a patchwork pot similar to the one above. Although not fashionable amongst my friends, I was already a crafter. I was making afghans and quilts in college. I always had a scrap box and one day I got this scathingly brilliant idea to make a patchwork pot out of the fabric orts I had been squirreling away.

I did a few things wrong with the first few patchwork pots I made. First, I didn’t seal the terracotta pots, and after watering the plants a few times, the water began to seep through the pot discoloring the fabric and finally causing it to separate from the pot. Then, I wrapped the cloth over the top rim and a couple of inches into the pot. Another mistake since the fabric was touching the dirt and always damp, and the moisture leeched up the fabric, discoloring it. Finally, I had allowed the pot to sit on a dish, thus keeping the fabric on the bottom of the plant always damp. I started growing mold… not the look I was going after!

But after some tweaks and modifications, I got to a design that was beautiful and mostly functional! They are easy and lots of fun the make, and with a little help, even young children can make them. Bug, Fairy and Pixie will be making them for a Mother’s Day gift. Watch for their pots sometime in the next few days. In the mean time, if you’d like to make your own Patchwork Pot, check out the directions here. Enjoy!



  1. Beautiful! I’ve even got everything on hand. Thanks for a great Mother’s Day suggestion!

  2. You have the most delightful ideas! Your patchwork pots are utterly charming!

  3. I fell in love with plants in college too. God I remember packing them up every time I moved which seemed like always. I never crossed over to actually enjoying outdoor gardening so I still container garden with pots all over my deck and house. I love this idea. I can think of many ways to use it. I have some beautiful wrap papers which I could use in the same way. Thanks.

  4. Love it. Question. Can they go outside with Mod Podge on them. I would love to cover some pots I keep on my terrace.

    1. I really didn’t think about it until you asked the question. I’ve always kept my pots inside, and they really don’t get that wet. Mod Podge does make an outdoor formula. I do want to make some pots for my front porch but I will buy some of the outdoor formula for that.

  5. Came via One Pretty Thing. Very clever and beautiful. I will definitely make this but I like the idea of using the outdoor Mod Podge. I didn’t even know they made it.

  6. I linked to this post in my Friday Favorites this week. Very cute pots!

  7. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working dkddadcffgea

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