Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Make a fabric bucket!
I'm sure lots of you have made one of these. But the wonderful Mitmot did me a huge favour recently, and asked that I did a tutorial for how I make mine. I'd also promised diydeb a long time back to do a tute, so here it is. They are simple, and useful for all sorts of things. You can make them any size you want, but this is a basic one to start you off. There are lovely ones I've seen in shops, which use binding around the top, but I'm not confident with using binding yet, so haven't made it this way. There are loads of tutorials for fabric buckets on the web, and I'm a learner at sewing, so mine's not necessarily the right way, but hopefully it will help someone (plus, I've been nagged for it so many times, diydeb ;-))
First, you will need to make a pattern... the one shown used a circle with a 16 cm diameter, and a long rectangle, measuring 52 cm by 24 cm. Use both patterns to cut a circle and rectangle out of your lining, outer fabric and a fusible interfacing, which you need to make the bucket stiff enough to stand (unless your fabric is very stiff).
Now iron the interfacing to the lining. Then pin the two together against one long edge, ensuring if there is a right way up, the right way is up towards the pins if you see what I mean. And sew this long edge - allowing about a 7 mm seam. In the pic, I've got to this point, and ironed open the seam.
And a pic from the right side...
Now you bring the left edge (speaking as looking at the pic above) to join the right edge, to form a tube and with the right side inside. Hope that makes sense as I haven't got a pic of this stage, cos it came out badly blurred... make sure you match the centre seam together. Pin and stitch. In the pic below, I've put on the outer fabric circle, by pinning it in place, but you can see the long seam stitched, so hopefully that will make it clear.
So now you have a tube, and as shown in the pic above you pin the circle in... don't worry too much if the fabric rucks up, because it doesn't seem to matter. See below pic for this from another angle...
Now machine sew around that edge. And then pin the other circle on, the lining circle, right side in. You machine stitch this in place too, but leave a gap because you need to turn it the right way out through this gap. I've left a large gap to show you what I mean, but I usually leave enough room just to get my fist through to pull back the fabric. So around 4 inches, I guess.
Now pull your bucket through the gap you have left...
Pin your gap closed, folding in the seam allowance, and slip stitch it closed. That ensures it's invisible, especially as this is your lining.
Push your lining inside the bucket, and arrange it.
Depending on the pattern you've chosen, you can fold down the top and find something to pop into your bucket! The pattern of the geese meant I didn't fold this one down.
The beauty of these is that they are reversible.
So, Mitmot and Diydeb, pictures soon please! ;-)