It’s that time of year again – out with the old and in with the new! I’ve spent a few days down in my crafting studio just getting everything cleaned up and trying to find better systems for storing and organizing. In the hustle and bustle of rearranging and purging the craft supplies, I’ve found that most organizers and storage bins are just plain boring! They mainly consist of clear plastic drawers or cheap matte black plastic. I want some color in my life!
Enter: The fabric bucket. This project is so fun, and once your measurements are done, it all comes together in a flash!
The key to success for this project is to find a heavy weight fusible interfacing – like Craft-Tex Plus. This gives the bucket it’s shape. Otherwise you’ll just have a bag – which is fine, but not super helpful for keeping things organized!
I love projects like this because it means I get to do one of my favorite things… shop for fabric! Since you’ll probably be making a few of these for around the house, go ahead and treat yourself to some awesome new fabric. You should check out Pacific Fabrics for all of your fabric and crafting supply needs!
– 2 conrasting fabrics
– Heavy weight fusible interfacing (like Craft-Tex Plus)
– Sewing machine
1. Determine what finished height (A) and width (B) you want your bicket to be. (The Example used is 12″ tall x 12″ wide). Height (A + 1 1/2″ folded top) + (half of B for base). If using directional fabric, add 1/2″ for seam allowance instead of placing on the fold. Top of print up for outer, top of print down for lining. Width (B x 2) + 1/2″ seam allowance.
Example: Height is 12″ + 1 1/2″ + 6″ = 19 1/2″ Width is (12″ x 2) + 1/2″ = 24 1/2″
2. Cut out bottom corners of bucket. The height is 1/2 of width B. (if using directional fabric, add 1/2″ for seam allowance instead of placing on the fold). Width is 1/2 of width B + 1/4″.
3. With main fabric, lining fabric and heavy weight fusivle interface, cut 1 of each using desired measurements. (See diagram for placement).
4. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of inner lining fabric.
5. Using the outer main fabric and inner lining fabric, make two buckets. With right sides of fabric together, sew both side seams using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Matching bottom fold to side seam, right sides together, sew box corners using 1/4″ seam allowance.
6. Place main fabric bucket (right sides facing out) inside inner lining bucker (right sides facing in). Sew around the top of the bucket leaving an opening (the begger the bucket, the bigger the opening) for turning.
7. Turn right sides out.
8. Tuck inner lining fabric into bucket.
9. Topstitch 1/8″ around the top of the bucket closing the opening for turning.
10. Roll down 1 1/2″ cuff at top of bucket.