Crochet a Plant Pot Cover with Plastic Bag or T-Shirt Yarn

Three light wooden shelves with two houseplants on each shelf. Each plant has a colorful crochet plant pot cover on it. The plant pot covers are made with t-shirt yarn or plastic bag yarn.

This super easy crochet project combines three of my favorite things – crochet, plants, and sustainability! Make your own plastic bag yarn or t-shirt yarn and then whip up one (or lots) of your own crochet plant pot covers in a variety of sizes and colors. Click here to jump to the free crochet plant pot cover pattern below or continue reading about my new Skillshare class that teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know to make this fun project.

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LEARN IT ALL WITH MY SKILLSHARE CLASS

In my Skillshare Class – Crochet a Plant Pot Cover with Plastic Bag or T-Shirt Yarn – I teach you EVERYTHING you need to complete this project.

In this Skillshare class, you’ll learn how to:
• Make t-shirt yarn, leaving as little waste as possible
• Make plastic bag yarn
• Crochet a plant pot cover with techniques you can apply to other crochet projects
• Turn your plant pot cover into a hanging planter
• Make a pompom with your plastic bag or t-shirt yarn
• Customize your planter for different sizes and color combinations

Still on the fence about learning with Skillshare? I also have several other classes on Skillshare and I rounded up some of my favorite classes by other teachers in this blog post. You’ll unlock the entire catalog of Skillshare’s classes with your 2 free months of premium Skillshare.

An outstretched hand holding a pilea peperomioides plant in a crochet plant pot cover made with teal t-shirt yarn.

CROCHET PLANT POT COVER PATTERN

This is such a fun and easy crochet project to make. I have no less than 7 of these lil cutie plant pot covers in my home now. If it means I can welcome more plant children into my life, I’ll do it y’all! This project is extra special because you can make it by reusing old t-shirts and plastic bags you have lying around your house. I love breathing new life into old objects and using what I’ve got!

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MATERIALS (recommendations in parentheses)

GAUGE

The gauge will vary depending on the type of t-shirt or plastic bags. Just check the size of the base of your plant pot cover against the plant nursery pot you are trying to fit inside. The finished plant pot will have a good amount of give, so you should be able to stretch your plant pot cover to fit your plant.

STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
US TERMINOLOGY

BLO – back loop only
ch – chain
inc – increase
magic ring – Watch tutorial here.
rnd(s) – round(s)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
[ ] – repeat steps between brackets for the specified number of times
( ) – the number of stitches you should have at the end of each round

NOTES

  • Work in a continuous round.
  • Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
  • Patterns use 1 strand of t-shirt yarn or 3 strands of plastic bag yarn held together.
  • Use a plastic liner at the bottom of your plant cover to protect from water.
A variegated rubber plant in a crochet plant pot cover made with teal t-shirt yarn on a light wooden surface.

4-INCH PLANT POT PATTERN

Rnd 1: Start with a magic ring, sc 6 into center of ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc 1, inc 1] 6 times (18 sts)
Rnds 4-9: in BLO, sc around (18 sts for 6 rnds)
In BLO, sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off and cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, weave in the tail. (NOTE: If you want to make your plant pot cover into a hanging planter, don’t fasten off and click here to go to the hanging planter tutorial below.)

A neon philodendron plant in a crocheted plant pot cover made with brown and white plastic bag yarn. The plant is sitting on a light wooden surface.

6-INCH PLANT POT PATTERN

NOTE: The crochet plant pot cover above was made using 3 strands of plastic bag yarn held together with brown plastic bag yarn for rounds 1-11 and white plastic bag yarn for rnds 12-13.
Rnd 1: Start with a magic ring, sc 6 into center of ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc 1, inc 1] 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc 1, inc 1, sc 1] 6 times (24 sts)
Rnds 5-13: in BLO, sc around (24 sts for 9 rnds)
In BLO, sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off and cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, weave in the tail. (NOTE: If you want to make your plant pot cover into a hanging planter, don’t fasten off and click here to go to the hanging planter tutorial below.)

A large green maranta prayer plant in a multi-colored crochet plant pot cover made using t-shirt yarn is sitting on a light wooden shelf.

8-INCH PLANT POT PATTERN

NOTE: The crochet plant pot cover above was made using 1 strand of t-shirt yarn with teal t-shirt yarn for rounds 1-8, red t-shirt yarn for rounds 9-11, and pale yellow t-shirt yarn for rounds 12-16.
Rnd 1: Start with a magic ring, sc 6 into center of ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc 1, inc 1] 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc 1, inc 1, sc 1] 6 times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [sc 3, inc 1] 6 times (30 sts)
Rnds 6-16: in BLO, sc around (30 sts for 11 rnds)
In BLO, sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off and cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, weave in the tail. (NOTE: If you want to make your plant pot cover into a hanging planter, don’t fasten off and click here to go to the hanging planter tutorial below.)

MAKE IT A HANGING PLANTER

Make sure your plant isn’t too heavy for hanging. The following instructions are for a 4-inch plant pot cover. Adjustments for 6-inch and 8-inch shown as follows: (6-inch, 8-inch). Follow patterns on previous page, but don’t fasten off at the end.

A chain rope made with 3 strands of plastic bag yarn extends from a crocheted plant pot cover.
1. Sl st 1 into both loops of next st. Make a chain rope by loosely chaining 10 (14, 18) (photo A). Fasten off. You can adjust the amount of chains you make depending on the size or folliage of your plant.
A close-up of a slipstitch made into a crochet plant pot cozy made out of plastic bag yarn.
2. Make a slipknot on hook. Insert hook into 6th (8th, 10th) stitch on plant pot cover from last chain rope. Sl st 1.
A hand holds 2 chain ropes outstretched. The chains are made using plastic bag yarn and extend from a crochet plant pot cover.
3. Make another chain rope by loosely chaining 10. Fasten off. Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more, without fastening off.
A wooden crochet hook is inserted through the top of 3 chain ropes. The chain ropes are made with 3 strands of brown plastic bag yarn.
3. After finishing 3rd chain rope, insert hook through top chains of other 2 chain ropes, making sure the ropes are straight and not twisted.
A longer chain using plastic bag yarn is shown.
5. Yarn over and bring through all 3 chains on hook. Continue chaining up to your desired length
A loop to hang the hanging planter is shown. It is made using plastic bag yarn.
6. After you’ve reached your desired length, chain 5 more and slip stitch into 5th chain from hook to make a loop for hanging

MAKE A POM POM

A hand holds a large pom pom made using plastic bag yarn.

Using 3 strands of t-shirt yarn or plastic bag yarn, wrap yarn loosely around 4 fingers 10 times. Pinch center of pom pom and tie at center with a strand of 12 inch yarn. Double knot at center. Cut center of loops on each side of center. Holding the tails of yarn tie, trim the pom pom to desired size.

To attach to project, pull yarn tail through project and double knot. Cut ends of yarn and weave in if desired.

MORE WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE

The pattern is a breeze to customize with different colors and sizes – the possibilities are endless! I’m looking forward to making a fully striped plant pot cover next. Another fun way to add a unique shape to your plant pot is to make a larger plant pot cover than your nursery pot and add a larger plastic container to the bottom of your plant pot cover. This will give it a vase-like shape!

Three plants sit side by side on a light wooden shelf. They are in crocheted plant cozies of various colors.

I hope you enjoyed this plant pot cover crochet pattern! If you have any questions about this pattern, leave a comment below.

I’d love to see your finished plant pot covers and beautiful plants – use #tinycurlpattern to share on Instagram or tag me @tinycurl, so I can see it! I also love sharing makes by you in my Instagram stories.

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You can sell items made from this free crochet pattern, as long as they are handmade by you in a limited number and you give credit to me as the crochet designer. Please use the following line in the item description: • This item is handmade by (your name) from a design and pattern by Tiny Curl, Kristina Turner | www.tinycurl.co • (ノ*゚ー゚)ノ

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