I'm just mad about plant skirts

I'm not sure when my house plant obsession started but recently I've been shopping up a storm for some new plant friends. Partly I've been buying plants for the garden (project 'tropical garden in Egmont Village' is going strong) and I can't help slipping in a few little houseplant newbies in too. But then when I get them home they are often in ugly pots - so I have to dress them up and with all my own patterns available in fabric, I couldn't help but whip up a few plant skirts. 

Mustard and Navy Painty Polka Dots Plant Skirt and Retro Tulip Plant Skirt (stacked on some fun vintage cake tins) for an extra injection of colour.

Mustard and Navy Painty Polka Dots Plant Skirt and Retro Tulip Plant Skirt (stacked on some fun vintage cake tins) for an extra injection of colour.

What's a plant skirt? A plant skirt is a tube skirt for a plant. It sits around the pot and stands up so that you can lift the skirt and peek underneath to see if the saucer is overflowing when you water them. I've found that with contained pots I always over water - so plant skirts are a handy dandy solution for making sure that the plant has just the right amount of water and just the right amount of pretty too.

I make plant skirts in my own original textile designs. I've chosen my prints partly because I wanted exact matches to my current retro home style and partly because I think plain pots are a bit boring. Plus it's easier to add a pop of colour with a little plant skirt than commit to a whole wall of wallpaper.

Retro Kowhai Floral Plant Skirt (stretch mini so that it hugs the pot).

Retro Kowhai Floral Plant Skirt (stretch mini so that it hugs the pot).

I love wearing bright and bold prints. The Retro Kowhai Floral pattern above is also in my wardrobe as both a dress and a top. It's a super fun print to wear. So I think, why should I have all the fun? I don't want my plants to miss out and they can have fun wearing patterns too!

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Now that I've started making plant skirst, normal plants in normal pots seem naked without them. I've been making them in two varieties - as stand alone plant skirts out of stiffened fabric and as stretchy mini skirts that hug the pots. Both look great and offer a lot of versatility for some fun mixing and matching of colours and patterns in our home. 

Addicted? Yes I am a bit. But I just love them!

My plant skirts are custom made to order in any print of your choice from my spoonflower store.