How To Make a Fabric Bucket

How To Make a Fabric Bucket

Kimber Watson
Feb 17, 2011

I've been wanting to try my hand at sewing a fabric bucket every since I first saw the striking linen ones in Lotta Jansdotter's line. While I own most of Lotta's books, I never saw a pattern for one, but figured it probably wouldn't be too hard to figure out. If you're interested in making a fabric bucket of your own — good for containing everything from magazines to dog toys — here's how I went about it.

What You Need

Heavyweight fabric (stiff fabric such as duck cloth/canvas)
Coordinating fabric
Coordinating thread

Sewing Machine
Chalk or fabric marker
Measuring tape


1. Pre-wash fabric and press.

2. Cut out your pieces. For the tall bucket my measurements were 13½" x 24" and a 9" diameter circle. For the smaller bucket my measurements were 10½" x 22" and a 8" diameter circle. Regardless of the size you choose to make, you'll need 2 of each (rectangle and circle), for a total of 4 pieces for each bucket you make.

3. After cutting your fabric pieces, press out any wrinkles.

4. Pin your rectangle pieces together, wrong sides facing in (you should be sewing with the right side facing up).

5. Sew together on three sides, allowing ¼" seam allowance. Leave one of the long sides un-sewn, this will be the top edge.

6. Fold the top raw edge down and under, to form a neat top edge. Press, pin, and then sew your seam with a straight stitch on the top edge as well the bottom edge.

7. Fold the fabric in half so the short sides line up, this will form your tube. The wrong side of the fabric should be facing out. Line up the top edges first, pin, then pin the rest. Sew the two edges together with a straight stitch, but be sure to start with the top edge first so you have a nice even tube.

8. Now for the somewhat tricky part. Take the circle pieces and line them up so the wrong sides are facing together, then match the fabric with the same fabric (my brown fabric will be facing pattern-side out under the natural canvas fabric). Pin fabric by working your way around the circle, making sure you have all 4 pieces included. You might have to gather it to pin in some areas, but mine worked out pretty evenly. If you have too much fabric as you are pinning, just trim the excess, but still keep the shape circular. Sew together where you pinned, again making sure you have sewn through all 4 pieces. I sewed 2-3 times around the circle just to be on the safe side.

9. Trim any excess fabric around the seam on the side of the tube, as well as the circular top. Flip inside out and press your side seam.

10. The finished buckets shown unfolded, but as you can see if the first picture, they work just as well with the top edge folded.

Additional Notes: Measurements for the finished, unfolded buckets are as follows:
Large, 8" x 11½". Small, 7" x 9".

Images: Kimberly Watson

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