We all have that trunk, closet or drawer that overflowing with scraps of fabric left over from previous projects. Too beautiful to throw out and yet too small for another project, these forgotten bits of fabric tend to sit collecting dust. But despair no more for we have the perfect solution! Sewers grab your collection of fabrics and prepare to be very busy creating multiples of the following tutorial as it is both a fun and functional way of using leftovers.


Written by Elizabeth Vandermey




  • Two fabrics, outer shell and lining
  • Buckrum (this is uses to add structure)
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Compass




Begin by drafting a circle on paper to whichever diameter you desire, using a compass as an aid.  Add a seam allowance of ½” to the circumference of the circle.

Next draft a rectangle that is long enough to fit the entire original circumference of the circle, the height of the bucket is entirely up to you. Add ½” seam allowance to all sides. 

Cut out all necessary pattern pieces: For both the circle and rectangle, cut one outer shell, one lining, and one buckrum layer. 




 Layer the fabrics as follows.

  1. Buckrum
  2. Outer shell wrong side facing buckrum, right side facing up
  3. lining right side down onto outer shell



Sew along one long edge of the rectangle at ½” seam allowance – attaching all three layers together.



Lay the fabric down onto the ironing board with the lining on one side, and the exterior fabric and buckram over on the other side.  Press the seam open with the seam allowance pressed towards the lining. Then, under-stitch the seam allowance onto the lining at 1/8” from the seam. 

If you need a little help with under-stitching, here's a previous tutorial



Next! Place right sides together - joining the shortest edges, and sew at a ½” seam allowance.



After sewing the seam, you will then under-stitch the seam allowance onto the lining side. In order to access this seam as the project is now a tube, remove the platform from your sewing machine so that you have access to the free arm. Once again, sew the stitch about 1/8" from the seam, sewing the seam allowance down towards the lining side. 

*Pictured is how the under-stitching will look once completed.



The cross section where both seam allowances meet is going to be incredibly bulky at this point. To reduce the bulk, clip the seam allowance at a 45° angle. Trimming excess seam allowance will create a more desirable effect on the exterior of the bag.

Now, turn the tube right side out so that the wrong side of the lining is facing the buckrum . Pin layers together along the un-sewn edge. Serge or zig zag all layers together. 




Now it is time to work on the bottom of the bag! 

 Layer the fabrics as follows:

  1. Outer shell right side down
  2. Buckrum
  3. Lining right side up



Then, serge or zig zag all layers together. This will protect the edges from fraying and will also hold everything together - therefore performing two steps in one!

*Pictured is how the circle piece appears on either side




Next, we will attach the circle base to the rectangular walls. With the lining fabric facing outwards, attach the two pieces together.  Place the circle down first and then the cylinder on top. Pinch the edges together and pin. Sew the pieces together at 1/2" seam allowance. 



This area is particularly tricky to execute because there's a bit of easing involved when sewing a curved edge to a straight edge. Don’t be discouraged if your stitching ends up looking slightly wonky. As long as the majority of the stitching is consistent, the overall aesthetic will not be affected.



Next, flip the bucket inside out and press along the base seam



And Voila! Your bucket bag is assembled and ready to be filled.

Comments (4)

  1. Tilly:
    Aug 21, 2013 at 07:49 AM

    Great idea! I might make a mini one too for the little bits I keep near my machine (but keep dropping on the floor) such as snippers, chalk and the all important seam ripper... Thanks for the tutorial x


  2. ZoSews:
    Aug 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Great idea! I might use some big scraps to create a bucket for all my smaller fabric scraps ;)


  3. Laura Emily:
    Aug 21, 2013 at 01:19 PM

    Oooh what a cute thing! I can just see a cluster of different sized ones sitting on my sewing table!


  4. Laura After Midnight:
    Aug 26, 2013 at 04:53 PM

    What a fab idea! I might make some as alternative Christmas wrapping!! (yes I really am thinking about Christmas already!!) Thanks for the awesome tutorial xxx


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