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Topic: Square-bottomed canvas bucket :: Now with TUTORIAL::  (Read 212134 times)
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« on: October 25, 2007 11:23:25 AM »

Hooray for a little crafting time! Here's a little square-bottomed canvas bucket i made last night. The design uses a Jordy bag style to get the squared bottom. I kept the height short so it would have a chance of standing on its own (and it does!), and the two little handles on either side are sewn onto the outer fabric with a tight zig-zag stitch.

The FO is about 6.5 inches all around (height, width, length).

I purchased both the outer and lining fabric for close to nothing at a remnant/outlet store -- woo hoo! (The colors look a little washed out in the photos; It's a light lime/chartreuse and a real chocolatey brown.) I'm thinking about making a set of three, in different sizes using the same fabric.

Now, if only I knew what to put in it. Any ideas? Smiley

Heres the tutorial:

Step1: Cut fabric

Start with a rectangle, folded in half. Measure the cuts by determining how big you want your box to be. To make a six inch box, follow these measurements (Thanks to craftydeb!):

Start with a 12x18 rectangle - folded in to a 12x9 piece*

It breaks down like this:
For the width: 3 + 6 + 3 (the 3's being for the sides)
For the length: 6 + 3 + 3 + 6 (the 3's being for the bottom)

* Don't forget seam allowances.

And for the marvelous metric mavens (again, thanks craftydeb for doin' the math):

for the width - double the cm/in you want it to end up being when all is said and done....
For the length - triple it....
for the square cut out - cut it in half....

So if you want it to be 20cm square.. (just to make a nice round number for the example)
cut your fabric 40cm x 60cm
fold it in half to make a 40x30cm
cut out 10cm squares on the corner to get that "I" shape and then you are off and running!!  Again, if you want it to be an EXACT size make sure you add in a seam allowance..

FYI:  The bucket I made in this tutorial is a bit taller with a smaller base.

Cut squares out of the corners of the folded edge. For my six-inch box, I cut 3-inch (minus seam allowance) squares.

When you unfold the pieces, they look like big Is. (This is a good time to press your fabric if you haven't already.)

Step 2: Sew the outer fabric.

Fold the outer fabric piece wrong side out and sew down each of the long sides. Then, pinch the cut corners together and sew straight across (a la Jordy). Doing so gets you this:

Step 3: Sew the lining. Do the same thing you did to the outer fabric, but leave one corner open for turning!

Step 4: Make and attach the handles

For my handles, I cut two 6 x 3.5 inch strips of lining fabric.

Fold the edges, fold in half, and sew. Pink the edges.

Center the handle on the side of the outer fabric piece. (I put mine on the seam side because it was easier to center it) Using a tight zig-zag stitch, sew one side of the handle to the outer fabric.

Mark and pin the other side of the handle, and sew. This is a little tricky so be patient. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5: Sew outer piece to lining

With right sides together, lining inside of the outer piece, match edges, pin, and sew.

Turn right side out. Sew open corner of lining closed. Tuck lining into outer fabric, press the seam edge, and stitch around the top to finish.

Bucket Buddies!

If you make one, show it off!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 11:30:10 AM »

Very cute!

« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 11:34:14 AM »

that is great. since I first saw the jordy bag tutorial, I had been thinking about doing something similar, a kind of bucket or box to put all that stuff I have around in. now I just got all the inspiration I didn't have because I know how it could look like

I love your choice of fabric and it looks very professional to me. did you interface it, or just hoped that the canvas would stay? it seems sturdy

I love it!!!

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 11:45:30 AM »

did you interface it, or just hoped that the canvas would stay? it seems sturdy

I did not use any interfacing, but that would be a great addition, especially if you were thinking about hanging these from a wall and wanted them to keep their boxy shape better. The canvas I used holds up really well, and when I put stuff inside, it tends to bolster it further.

Thanks for your comment.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 11:48:23 AM »

so cute! so many possible uses!

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007 12:46:55 PM »


i can foresee stuff like office supplies in it!

to make it 'strong enough' to hold stuff like pens and scissors, i would probably hide inside the layers plastic canvas cut to the height (leave a turning seam large enough to slide in and topstitch all around) and another piece just laid inside the bottom to give more strength.  the bonus of plastic canvas (over cardboard) is that you'll be able to launder it w/o the innards falling apart in the washer.

i may end up making something similar actually!  they would be more child friendly than my current coffee mug method for holding pens and 'stuff' at my computer. . .


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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007 07:42:17 PM »

ooh, so cute! i'd like to do something similar too! whenever i see those storage bins kind of like this from pottery barn or something, i always think i want them. i'd be so organized! though i'm really not terribly disorganized to begin with.

though i'd have to make it bigger and fill it with yarn!

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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007 11:24:25 PM »

Love this!  Great job.  I've been looking at something like this for my girls' room and never thought to make them.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2007 04:25:16 AM »

Great project. I would use it for my knitting projects. In fact, I hope to make one in fabric left over from my pillows for my family room. That way my current WIP will be in a nice basket that matches my room. Thanks for the great idea.

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2007 07:42:37 AM »

It's brilliant!  I would love to make a couple and include a bunch of tiny toiletries, water, etc. in it for my overnight guests Cheesy 

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