For slightly mad reasons I decided to make a cover for the flower pot of out (boyfriend’s) Yucca tree. Boyfriend is planning to fill the living room with greenery apparently, he has not though. I didn’t like the horrible brown plastic flower pot the Yucca is in, so decided to make a simple cover for it. It is essentially, a rectangle of fabric (isn’t everything?) with elastic in the top.
I measured the flower pot, 29cm high and 79cm diameter. So I cut my fabric approximately 31cm x 84cm to allow for the hems. I was using some left over fabric so I couldn’t quote get a bit enough piece, and had to add in a little bit on the corner. I cut the jagged edge off to give a nice straight edge, then cut a triangle out of some off cuts. The tricky part was getting the pattern to line up. I’m pretty pleased with the result.
Once I had my beautiful rectangle, I folded over the top about 1cm to create a tube for the elastic. Given that my elastic was so skinny, and it’s always a ball ache to pull elastic through I decided to put the elastic in first and then sew. At full stretch my elastic was about 81cm. I pinned one end of the elastic to the end of the fabric to keep it in place. It meant when I got about half way along I ran out of elastic, so I stretched the elastic to its limit and pinned that end to the other end of the fabric.
I kept the elastic pinned into place for the time being. Then I hemmed the bottom edge of the fabric (much easier to sew a straight line, then trying to hem a skirt). Then I folded it in half right sides together, and sewed the two pieces together. And it was done!