Plant Cover Tutorial

Decorate your indoor potted plants with this charming tutorial. This punch needle sleeve can be easily wrapped around the pot.

| October 2019


Punched pieces are a lovely way to decorate plant pots, especially when displayed on tables or shelves. While making this cover for a plant pot, I decided to make a sleeve to slip over an existing pot rather than a container with a base. As a result, this project is so much easier to make and use and it will be simple to keep the inside clean.

I’ve sized the plant cover for a pot and tray about 12.5cm (5 inches) in diameter, but you can easily adjust the size of this project to suit any pot — keep in mind that you may have to adjust the size of the pattern by simply adding more repeats to your design.

Tools and Materials

  • Stretched frame of Monk’s cloth with minimum inside dimensions of 20 x 55cm (8 x 22 inches)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Download the plant cover template from, sized at 15cm (6 inches) in height
  • Light source
  • Soft leaded pencil
  • Oxford Company #14 mini punch needle tool
  • Aran/worsted weight yarn suitable for use with a #14 mini punch needle in 5 different colours – 2 x 100g balls in each colour (for other types of punch needle use the appropriate weight yarn)
  • Staple remover
  • Scissors
  • 25 x 60-cm (10 x 24-inch) rectangle of lightweight canvas for lining
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and zipper foot
  • Sewing needle and matching thread



1. Stretch the Monk’s cloth over the frame. A 20 x 55-cm (8 x 22-inches) frame will give you enough room to comfortably lay out the planter design.

2. Place the photocopy of the planter template facing forward against the back of the Monk’s cloth on the stretched frame so that by repeating it your traced drawing will result in a 15-cm (6-inch) high x 50-cm (20-inch) long pattern.



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