In this tutorial, the lovely Kim Grassie (a.k.a. kgeeme) and Corinne Pavlovic (a.k.a. iamcorinne) from Etsy’s Support Team detail how to sew fabric buckets to help you sort out your disarray, all while beautifying your home decor.
Are you crafty but a little unorganized? Do you have a playroom that has one thousand tiny toys everywhere? This is the project for you! We are going to make three DIY fabruckets (a.k.a. fabric buckets — you can thank Tim for coining the name of this project) for anything and everything that is lying around without a place to live. Fabruckets can be used in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or work area. They can hold a yarn project that you swear you’re going to finish one day, uncooked noodles, car keys or even Q-tips. All you need to know is how to use a sewing machine!
Supplies you’ll need:
- Plate, bowl and cup (or 3 different sized circles)
- Fabric scissors
- 2 yards of medium to heavy weight canvas
- 2 yards lining fabric
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Ruler and measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Iron and ironing board
- Felt for making an appliqué (optional)
1. Grab a plate, bowl and a pint glass or mug. These are going to be the size of the base of each fabrucket. Turn the dish upside down and trace the circle onto the wrong side of the fabric. (The wrong side is only relevant if you have a fabric that has a pattern on the right side.) Cut each circle about 1/4” outside the line you drew, this is your seam allowance. Each fabrucket gets two circles: one canvas and one lining.
Tip: Cut your circles for each fabrucket close in size, and then you’ll have nesting fabruckets.
2. You need to measure the circumference of the circle. You can do this two ways:
- By “walking the tape”: Make a mark where you start and “walk” the measuring tape around the circle you drew. When you get all the way around, you have your circumference.
- Or by doing math: circumference = 3.14 x diameter.
3. Draw a rectangle that is the same length as the circumference of the base by whatever height you choose.
Note: The smaller the base circle, the shorter the bucket should be. For the sample buckets above, the smallest bucket has a 10.5” circumference so the rectangle will be 10.5” wide and 5” tall. The medium bucket has a base that has a 19” circumference so the rectangle is 19” wide and 7” tall. Finally the largest has a base that is 33” around, so the rectangle will be 33” wide by 9” tall.
4. Add a 1/4” seam allowance around the outside of the line you drew. Each fabrucket gets two rectangles: one canvas and one lining. Cut the rectangles on the fold for faster cutting.
Optional step: To spruce up your fabrucket, cut some felt into a cute shape you like and make an appliqué on the right side of the outer rectangle. (Thanks to Nicole from Etsy Support for making such a sweet appliqué on the spot!) For appliqué inspiration, check out these tutorials.
5. Time to sew! Fold the rectangles in half and with the right sides together. (You will see your pencil drawing on the wrong side.) Sew a straight stitch.
6. With your right sides together, pin the circle to the now sewn rectangle. Take your time, it can be tricky.
7. Time to sew again. This step can be frustrating so take your time. Carefully sew the circle base to the rectangle. Do so for both the canvas and the lining separately. The smaller the circumference, the more careful you should be.
8. Now you have two identical shapes, one made from canvas and one made from the lining fabric you chose. Fold the tops of the canvas and the lining in about 1/4” inch and press with an iron.
9. Turn the canvas right side out and the lining will remain inside out. Place the lining inside the canvas, wrong sides together. Pin the tops together, making sure they fit perfectly. If they don’t, that’s okay — just take a seam in a little, that should help. Once they fit, sew around the top as close to the edge as you can.
10. You are done! Go put some stuff in that Fabrucket.
Thanks to Kim and Corinne for sharing this project with us! How do you organize your space? Share in the comments below.