How-to: Fabric Planter Bags

I got the idea for these fabric planter bags from someone who was using old burlap potato bags as hanging planters.  They are extremely simple to make, and require just a few items.


For each planter bag, you will need:
-  A sheet of heavy fabric (canvas works well)
–  A box of grommets & grommet tools (usually sold as a kit)
–  3  zip-ties
–  A plastic bag to be used as a liner
– fabric pins
– sewing needle
– thread

*if making multiple matching bags, repeat each step multiple times to ensure they all end up the same size.

1.  Cut a circle on the fabric,  slightly larger than the size of the container you want.


2.  Cut a rectangle out of fabric.  Make sure the rectangle is big enough to fit all the way around the circle you cut.

3.  Pin the circle of fabric to the rectangle of fabric, as shown.  Remember to pin it so that the wrong sides are facing out.

4.   Either by hand, or using a sewing machine, stitch the rectangle to the circle; then stitch the seam connecting the two ends of the rectangle.

5.  Stitch a hem in the top of the “tube”, as shown.  Make sure that your hem is large enough that your grommets will go through both parts of the overlap.

6.  This is not shown, but I looped one zip-tie (two attached together if they aren’t long enough) around the bottom and stitched it into the fabric at 2-inch intervals, to help keep the round shape at the bottom.

7.  Turn the planter right-side-out.

8.  Following the instructions provided with your grommet kit, place one on the middle of the round portion of the planter.   This will be for drainage.

9.  Place 2 more grommets at the top of the planter.  These will be for hanging your planter.

10.  Cut a small hole in your plastic liner, at the spot that will be the bottom of the liner.

11.  Place your plastic liner in the planter, and fill it with soil and seed or plants.  (Or, if your liner fits perfectly, plant directly in the liner and then slide the liner into the planter).


12.  Run the remaining two zip-ties through the top grommets, to attach the planter to your fence.  Be sure to use the beam on your fence and not the fencing itself, as it may not be able to hold the weight of the soil (depending on the size of your planter).

Remember to water your planters often, especially on hot days.  Small containers dry out quickly.

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