This year our family had 6 teachers we wanted to thank – all of whom have helped our children in profound and wonderful ways. And, like most families, we’re on a budget. So for our special teachers this year, I came up with the Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy and printable card!
This really is a fantastic teacher gift for those on a budget. For each gift, I spent as follows:
Cotton Yarn: $0.90
Flower pot: $0.78
Begonia (sold in an 8 pack for $3.33): $0.42
Potting Soil: approximately $0.20
Card: a few cents for printer ink and paper
TOTAL: less than $2.50 each!
But as with all handmade things, it’s more than it’s parts. Fill the card with thanks and it’ll be a lovely gift that lasts all summer long!
Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy
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- US – H, 5.00mm hook
- 50 yards total worsted weight yarn in 3 colors (kitchen cotton of various brands used)
Recommended: Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie
- 4.25″ terra cotta flower pot
- Put a Bird On It Applique (optional)
- For video tutorials, click the name of the technique or stitch in blue text.
Round 1: With Color A, ch 6 and join to first ch with a sl st to form ring. Ch 4, dc in ring, ch 1. *Dc in ring, ch 1. Repeat from * 10 more times. Join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (12 dc, 12 ch)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 3 hdc in each ch sp around. Join with a sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, bpdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 5: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Break yarn and seamless join in 2nd st of round. (36 sts) Weave in ends.
Round 6: With Color B, use the standing dc method to join with a bpdc to any st of the previous round. Bpdc in each remaining st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 8: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 8 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join in 2nd st of round. (40 sts) Weave in ends.
Round 9: With Color C, use the standing dc method to join with a bpdc to any st of the previous round. Bpdc in each remaining st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (40 sts)
Round 10: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st. (40 sts)
Round 11: Ch 1, sc in the first st, ch 1, skip the next st. * Sc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to the first st of the round. (20 sc, 20 ch) Weave in ends. If desired, add applique.
Printable Card for the Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy
To go with the Flower Pot Cozy I designed two different gift cards! And because you might want to make it for someone besides a teacher, I’ve included versions of each with and without the text, “Teachers plant seeds that grow forever.” I’ve shared them on Google Docs – download the pdf, make sure your Adobe Reader is set at 100%, and then print!
Download the Printable Cards here!
A personal touch goes a long way, and a pretty plant is something everyone can enjoy. The Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy is great for teachers, but it’s also a great gift for anyone who could use a little pick me up, or deserves a special thank you. Or just perk up the plants on your own windowsill – you deserve pretty things too!
A Quick Update!
As I write this update it’s 2018 – and this pattern came to the rescue again! I made one during a Facebook Live as an emergency gift! Watch the world’s fastest, least advertised, and most impromptu CAL ever and crochet one with me! 😉
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.You can contact me via Facebook messages or at TamaraKelly@mooglyblog.com.
That is one of the most clever, thoughtful, and beautiful gifts! I just love it. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing this! I don’t have kids in school, but I do know many people who would love a beautiful gift like this!
Love this, what a wonderful idea!
This is so lovely, Tamara!!:) thanks for sharing!
Thank you Preeti!
How very sweet. They are beautiful and so cheerful. Thanks so much for thinking of others and sharing. I’m anxious to make a few.
These look beautiful. But wonder how well they endure after watering the plant.
It is a good idea, I will definitely try this one
What size pot did you use? Love this idea
Thank you! I used a 4.25″ terra cotta flower pot. 🙂
That is so cute and such a clever idea, especially for a mom that loves gardening! I pinned it to one of my crafty boards.
Thank you Clotilde! 😀
I just LOVE these! I’m a knitter but this pattern may force me to learn to crochet.
😀 Thank you! You’d have to do a little bit of playing with increases, but this might get you started on a knitted version: https://www.mooglyblog.com/super-stripey-water-bottle-cozy/
My count is off. Does the ch2 count as a double crochet throughout? On round 8, I cannot get the count right? Help!
Hi Maura! The ch 2 does not count as a stitch in this pattern.
What an amazingly generous person you are to share this gorgeous tutorial and those lovely cards. Giving homemade gifts is a wonderful way to teach kids that you don’t have to buy things for them to be special and this is really the gift that gives twice, especially if you give potted herbs or chillies etc. ALL kinds of excited about this wonderful share. Thankyou for your generosity 🙂
😀 Thank you! I’m so glad you like them!
Ms. Pat Maas
I don’t know what is wrong with this site, but when I printed out the instructions for your adorable flower pot cozies, many small ads printed alongside, blotting out part of the instructions.
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Plants are naturally beatiful but your word had made then even alluring1 Thanks for sharing your adorable project 😀
Awesome pattern! I was wondering what you mean by a 4.25″ flower pot. Is this the diameter of the bottom, of the top, or the height, or the circumference? I’m not familiar with how flower pots are measured. I wanted to make this for a friend and I know the bottom of her terracotta pot is 4.25″. Let me know!
I believe it’s the measurement on the bottom – usually it’s listed on the label! 🙂
mary ellen novak
love love love the way you show us your patterns. so very easy to follow your directions and also helps to see the images as well….thank you so much
🙂 Thank you so much Mary Ellen!
Hi Tamara. I live in Ontario Canada about 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. I have a very good friend in Clinton Iowa I go visit. Are you near Clinton? I love your program so much. I always go to your site when I need to learn a new stitch. Keep up the great job you are doing.
Hi Marilyn! I am about a half hour from Clinton! 🙂 Thank you so very much!
Every year my kids ask me what they can give that one special teacher at the end of the year, sometimes there’s two teachers. I always crochet some little gift. Last year it was mug cozies, one with a moon applique on it and the other was the sun wearing sunglasses. This year I was looking for something different, my daughter told me her teacher is always wearing blouses with flowers. Then I find this! I will be adding this to my crochet crafts. I am almost finished with one and have Impatiens in the pot, so pretty! Now I need to find a cute pattern for a little pouch or something because I wanted to add some Andes mints also. What lady doesn’t like mints? Thank you!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it! ♥
This is such a thoughtful gift for anyone to cheer them up or “just because”. Almost any plant would work. On the back of the cute cards you could note the growing conditions for the plant. Also, thanks for posting a “blank” version. Such a sweet post. Thank you Tamara.