Halloween (or anytime) Bucket Tutorial!




3/4 yd of outside fabric
3/4 yd of lining fabric
1/4 yd of handle fabric
3/4 yd fusible fleece

Sublime Stitching Glow in the Dark Embroidery Thread
Embroidery needle
coordinating thread
a rotary Cutter or fabric shears
an acrylic ruler
a marking tool
glass head pins
dinner plate




Trace your around your dinner plate on the outside fabric, lining and fusible fleece,  and cut out all three circles.


Find the diameter of your circle by folding one of the fabric circles in half and measuring.  Mine is 10.5 inches.



Multiply that number by Pi (3.14).  My result is 32.97.  That is your circumference. Round it up to the nearest increment, for me that is 33 inches.
From your outside fabric, lining fabric and fusible fleece cut one piece the length of your circumference by  8″ wide.  So, mine are 33″ x 8″.

Cut your handle fabric 21″ long x 9″ wide and a piece of fusible fleece 21″ long  x 2 1/4″ wide.  Iron the fabric piece in 1/2 lengthwise.  Open it up again and press both long ends into the middle to meet your first pressing crease.





Fold in half again and press.





Open it up again and on the third space from the top, write the name of your trick or treater or something Halloween-y like “Lay off my candy!”  You can use tailor’s chalk or whatever you like to write it and don’t worry if it’s messy…it’s spookier that way!



Use your Glow in the Dark thread to embroider over the letters.



Fuse the fleece strip to the back side of your embroidery section.



Fold the handle back up and sew down both sides using the edge of your foot as your guide, or a 3/8″ seam allowance.



Put your handle aside for now.
Grab your lining fabric rectangle and the fleece and fuse that on.  With right sides together sew the short ends together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Press your seam open.  You now have the inside tube of your bucket.  Do the same with your outside fabric, without the fleece, of course.


Fuse the lining circle and the circle of fleece.  Now fold your circle into fourths and press.  Mark the creases with a pin.  


Fold your tube in fourths and press.  Use the seam as one of the fourths and mark with pins.



Now pin your lining circle to your lining tube starting at the 4 points created by the creases and pins. DSC_8117Sometimes this is a bit fiddly, because you are pinning something cut on the bias (the circle) to a straight edge (the tube).  If it seems like it’s not matching up just keep re-pinning and adjusting until it works.

Now sew around that circle with a 1/2 inch seam allowance!


Repeat this process for the outside  fabric tube and circle (bottom).
Press the top edges of both tubes to the wrong side 1/2 inch.



Turn the outside right side out and insert the lining into it.

Get your handle and mark a line 2 inches in from each short end.



Insert the handles into the sides of your bucket between the lining and the outside fabric up to the line and pin.


Then pin all the way around the bucket top.


Using the edge of your foot at your guide, topstitch all the way around the bucket, making sure to keep your handles out of the way.


And voila!  You’re bucket is done!



These really do have so many uses.  I made this one without a handle.  Cute, right?




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