A DIY potting tarp to make indoor gardening mess-free

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Spring is here, and with it the anticipation of more indoor and outdoor plant projects. With daylight lasting longer no matter where you live, it’s hard to want to stay indoors longer than necessary. Right now, I’m harvesting the rest of my winter greens and tinkering with them in the kitchen, starting the seeds and focusing on the delicious new season ahead (I see you, tomatoes!). I suppose you could say that for most gardeners, it’s time to go – meaning the most exciting (and busiest) time of the year.

But before things get too hectic, it’s important to pause, plan, organize. . . even embark on a few fun creative projects. While designing and building your own vegetable garden or apartment garden can challenge you artistically, I find it equally fun to get creative with tools and accessories to use to achieve those goals – DIY gardening supplies, If you want.

Whether you’re potting houseplants or transplanting seedlings to the patio this week, an easy-to-store (and, more importantly, easy-to-make) potting tarp is an especially fun DIY to try — and will help you keep your indoor or tidy outdoor work space. With just a few simple tools and plenty of color and material options to customize, it’s also the perfect gift for anyone who loves plants (or yourself).

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that growing and nurturing something green (be it a weed bed or a propagated Peperomia) has really lifted the spirits of many. of people, and this DIY is the perfect way to go further. nurture that positivity. Now let’s grow!

How to make a DIY potting tarp

All the tools you will need. (Photo by Kristin Guy)

Makes: One medium size 24″ x 34″ potting tarp

you will need:
– 1/2 yard waterproof canvas or heavy duty outdoor fabric
(Material exchange: You can also use oilcloth, vinyl or leather; the thicker the weight and structure of the fabric, the better)
– 16-17 inch strapping/strapping material
(Material exchangerope, waterproof tape — anything durable and easy to tie)
– Kit of snap pliers and 5 heavy-duty snap fasteners (5/8 inch)
(Material exchange: Sew on the buttons, use no-sew velcro – anything that will create substantial closure for your four corners)
– Scissors
– Mesureing tape
– X-Acto Knife
– Nylon or resistant thread (optional)
– Fabric pins (optional)
– Sewing machine or sewing needle (optional)

1) Cut the fabric of your choice into a 24 inch x 36 inch rectangle

2) If you want a tidy hem, fold the fabric over 1/4 inch and secure it with fabric pins. Using a sewing machine, sew along the edges or sew by hand with a needle and thread to prevent the edges from fraying.

To note: This step is optional, and a design choice. Depending on the type of fabric used, no hemming is required, i.e. leather, vinyl and most heavy duty coated canvas.

3) Using a kit of 5/8 inch snap pliers and snaps, apply a snap in each of the four corners with the snaps facing inward. Make holes for each of the two snaps 4 inches from the corner and 2 inches from the seams.

(Photo by Kristin Guy)

(Photo by Kristin Guy)

4) Follow the instructions for your particular snap pliers kit to cut the holes and insert the snap, cap and sleeve. You may need an X-Acto knife to help you punch the holes due to the weight of the fabric. Snaps should fit inside your tarp, creating a vertical edge when all four corners are fully secured.

(Photo by Kristin Guy)

(Photo by Kristin Guy)

5) For easy storage, sew a small waistband with an additional snap closure. Simply fold your tarp in quarters, wrap the waistband around it, pin one snap side down and sew by hand or machine. Apply a snap closure where the waistband overlaps.

6) Your tarp is ready for action! After use, just shake off the dirt and wipe it off with a damp cloth if necessary before rolling it up and storing it away.

(Photo by Kristin Guy)