Ugly Flower Pots Made Beautiful

My biggest goof with this project was that I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture.  Suffice it to say, this was NOT a cute flower pot before.  It was so ugly that tho we put it in our garage sale – it didn’t sell.

Then we got a brain storm.  Why not spray paint it?  So we did.  Painted it white.  And the thing was as ugly and lifeless as ever before.

And then we got smart.  We decided to use fabric to dress it up.  We used Moda’s Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille to Mod Podge the fabric onto the pot.  Then we coated it with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint.  It has held up wonderfully through the entire season.  It looked sooo cute on our front porch!  And the chenille plant in the pot was such a happy, cute little thing creeping and fluffing it’s way down the pot.  Great conversation piece.

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

 

Here’s how we did it:

We started with an ugly, lonely, boring flower pot.

Plain white flower pot

Then we selected the fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda SKU 55041 15

Fabric for the flower pot's new "dress"

Doing a dry test to make sure the fabric was long enough.  This dry test also showed us that we’d need to cut the fabric in two pieces because of the contour of the flower pot – and even then we knew we were going to need to snip the fabric in some places.  More on this later…

Testing the fabric

First thing we did was coat the wrong side of the fabric thoroughly with Mod Podge.  Then we let it dry for 24 hours.  This made it feel like oil cloth and kept the fabric from fraying or becoming too relaxed when we worked with it later.

Ready to Mod Podge

This is a picture after the first side of the pot was done.  Just to give you a glimpse of where we are going with this.  🙂

Preview - the pot half covered

Apply more Mod Podge to your fabric.  (Which has dried since the original coat yesterday.)  And also apply a good coat of Mod Podge to your flower pot.  Get it on quickly, you don’t want to take too long.  Although you don’t want to use globs and globs of extra Mod Podge, if you do apply too much don’t worry because it will be spread out in the next steps.

Applying Mod Podge

Getting the bottom of the pot where the fabric will also be glued down.

Applying Mod Podge to the bottom

Also apply Mod Podge where the fabric will over lap.

Applying Mod Podge where the fabric will overlap

After applying the Mod Podge, begin laying the fabric on the pot.

Laying the fabric on the final side

Start smoothing the fabric onto the pot.  Notice how the contour of the pot is making for too much fabric?  I’ll have to cut a snip into the fabric to help it lie flat.  I also had to cut quite a few snips along the top edge to get the fabric to fold over and into the pot.

Carefully smoothing into place

See the ripples?  These need to be worked out through smoothing and also with some snips.

See the ripples? These need to be worked out.

Smoothing.  They have special tools you can buy for this, but I just used a spatula like thing we had around the house.

Smoothing the fabric

More smoothing – carefully, carefully to get ALL the air bubbles worked out to the edge.

Smoothing the fabric

Snipping the bottom edge of the fabric.

Snipping

Here’s where I had a couple of choices.  I could have let the fabric go crooked, but that messed up how much fabric wrapped around the bottom.  So I opted to cut a slit up the fabric and overlap it.  Because my fabric choice was geometric the slit shows more than it might have otherwise, but it’s not bad enough to bother me.

Dealing with the excess fabric

Here you can see where I option to cut the slit and am in the process of smoothing it down.

Cut and overlap the fabric to allow for the contour of the pot

All smoothed!  Once the Mod Podge finishes drying you will no longer see the whitish film.  Then I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint because Mod Podge is water soluble and I knew I’d be watering my plants.  😉  The clear coat gave the it a really nice glazed finish and it has definitely held up to watering well.

Flower pot covered in Vintage Modern fabric by Moda

Later with a cute Chenille plant….  Enjoy!

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A Late Announcement

Many of you would like to see a picture of our newest little niece.  Gabrielle Sophia made a wonderful, memorable entry into this world the day after my birthday.  Tammy and I were in Florida for our grandparents 70th anniversary.  (Yes – I said 70th ANNIVERSARY!  Incredible!)   We were ready to leave in the morning to begin a longarm training session in GA with a new longarm owner, when Jacquie called at 1 AM and told us the baby would be coming nearly 3 weeks early.  We couldn’t have been further away from home at the moment.  We looked at the clock and knew we were looking at a LONG drive ahead of us.  After 17 hours of driving we MADE IT!!  We were driving past their road when Jacquie called and said another little girl had been born.  We were so excited!

So folks….  For the maternal side of the family – that makes 3 generations of ALL GIRLS!  Amazing.  🙂

Best friends are we

It really blesses us to think of the special relationship these two will share.

 

New Reproduction 108″ Wide Backings

Wide backing fabrics still remain the easiest and most economical way to finish the back of your quilt.  There are more and more options available for quilt backs these days and we’re continuing to expand our line of wide backing fabrics.  Check out these beautiful reproduction backings we just added.  They’re just beautiful!

“Illusions” Accepted Into Paducah, Sale On The Website

One of our quilt customers chose to enter her quilt into the Paducah AQS show and it was accepted!  Kathy Lyon was the piecer of the quilt and I had the honors of quilting it for her.

Here is a link to the article that our local newpaper did on the quilt.  I’m still feeling pretty amazed. 🙂

In my amazement, we decided to put our entire website on sale!  We normally put merchandise on sale if we go away because of the delayed shipping.  But this time we are putting the ENTIRE store on sale.  Everything, including digital patterns (which are available for automatic download) will have 15% discount automatically taken at checkout.  No coupon code necessary.   Please take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Happy quilting,
Allison

Always my sister, always my friend

It’s been asked for many times…  Updated pictures of us!  The poor, old About Us page on our website is in great need of updating.  🙂  It’ll get done…  Just after a while I suppose.

The other night Tammy and I went shopping in Nappanee with some friends of ours.  As we walked out of one of the stores we decided to get a few impromptu memory shots.  Tam and I rarely get pictures taken together so we’re glad to have one to share with you now.  Which do you like better – the black and white or the color?  And by the way – the texture on the picture is the newest fabric by 3 Sisters…  Etchings  Fun!

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Hey all! Just thought I should post the news that we’re running a Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale again. Our ENTIRE website is 20% off!! We don’t often run sales on our digital quilting patterns so please take advantage of it while you can. No promo code needed – prices are as marked.

Visit us at Three Sisters Fabric.
To see the digital quilting patterns click here.

The Sunshine In Our Lives

For all of you who know us and for those of you who just like to see who we are, here is an updated picture of Caroline. She definitely is the sunshine in our lives! We went up to Michigan last week to meet some friends for supper. Knowing of a beautiful park near by, we decided to do a photo shoot of Caroline. She’s hitting a very active stage and isn’t too impressed at stopping her busy life for a camera. But we did manage to get some cute shots. Here is our all-time favorite…..

Caroline Cecilia

We're totally attached to this little miss!

She’s growing up fast. One of her favorite things to do when she come to our place is hold onto the handles on our longarm while it is quilting. I think she really thinks she’s making it go! So much fun….

New Patterns – Roses and Feathers

I just added some new digital quilting patterns to our website.  Roses and feathers.  A friend got me out of my “feathers only” box and introduced the rose.  Of course, I always find patterns are wonderfully enhanced with feathers – and so these have been “enhanced”.  Enjoy! Check them out here: New Products on Three Sisters Fabric

Backing Fabrics On SALE through August 15th

Enjoy the new backing fabrics at a discount!

Using wide backing fabrics on the back of your quilt is already less expensive and easier than piecing 45″ wide fabrics to fit. Now you have the opportunity to enjoy the ease at a discount. Starting today and running through August 15th all wide fabrics are 10% off on our website. Stock up and enjoy!

Check out our wide backing fabrics here: http://www.threesistersfabric.com/fabric-2/backings-and-muslins-9/