There are a number of ways in which you can create and DIY beautiful useful storage in the home. One of my favourites is to make fabric buckets, great for soft toys, crayons and bathroom storage. I wanted to share how to sew fabric storage buckets for the home.
I love these so much as you can use them for pretty much anything. They are sturdy but soft, collapsible and machine washable. Perfect to use in and around the home, especially with children.
You can add a little hook to them so you can hang them up or string them along a rope. They are so versatile and handy to use and best of all you can make them match any room and decor in your house!
Tools & Equipment
- Fabric – You will want a lining and exterior fabric
- Iron-on interfacing – this will give a little strength and sturdiness to the bucket.
- Measuring Tool
- Pins Or Clips
How To Sew Fabric Storage Buckets
I decided to make my buckets in different sizes to show you that they have multiple functions.
You can adjust the size depending on what you find most useful and what you are wanting to use them for. I was making mine to suit a nursery for my sister and so I wanted to make small but easy to use fabric storage buckets.
I created a small guide to show you what size fabric I started with and what size fabric storage bucket that made.
This is a rough guide on what to expect as the bucket will not be the size you cut it to. As the fabric is sewn and folded into a bucket/bag shape it will lose width and depth so this is something to take into consideration when measuring up.
While the size of your fabric and measurements will determine what size fabric bucket you create this doesn’t affect the overall process.
Tip: If you are feeling a little nervous or are using a fabric you really like, try in a scrap piece of fabric first so you can be more confident on your nice fabric.
To start cut 2 pieces in your exterior fabric, 2 pieces in your lining fabric and 2 pieces of fusible interfacing.
Hopefully, you will have already decided your bucket size and done a test run to make sure.
Tip: Make sure your fabric is well pressed before cutting.
You don’t want to find any surprise wrinkles or cuts in the fabric later on.
Using fabrics such as fat quarter packs are great as they come as a colour coordinated pack. Making the pairing really simple and easy.
Next iron the interfacing to both exterior pieces, this will great a sturdy lining to the fabric storage bucket and help keep the shape while in use.
Tip: Make sure you iron your interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Also use a scrap piece of fabric to lay over and then iron. This will stop any residue or glue sticking to your iron.
Place your two exterior fabrics right sides together and pin in place. Repeat for the lining fabrics.
Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam, don’t forget to backstitch on the start and finish.
Tip: If you struggle to keep an even line while sewing place a piece of tape 1/4 inch from your machine needle.
This will help you stay on track and act as a guide.
Keep these separate for now, you don’t want to sew these together just yet!
Once you have sewn your squares together give them another iron to make sure all creases are out. Keep the fabric wrong sides facing out as you will be creating the base in this step.
Then you want to pull the pieces apart so you can line up the seams from the side to the bottom. Below you will see the image of my hand pointing to two seams, these are the seams you want to match up.
This will create a fold in the sewn corner with the seam running down the middle to the point.
To match up your seams perfectly, use a pin through the first on the sewn line and use it as a guide to find the other seam. Once you have matched them pin in place.
Make sure you straighten out any creases and folds as you want this to be neat and accurate. This will create the base of your fabric bucket.
Repeat this for the other corner seam and again on the other fabric.
Place your fabric buckets on a mat and using a ruler measure from the point of the seam upwards. See the image below.
Now this measurement can change depending on how deep you want your buckets. This will also make your bucket slimmer so be careful not to take off too much.
I would advise making this measurement anything from 1 inch to 2.5 inches.
Measure and mark with a fabric marking tool. Use the ruler again to create a straight line across the seam.
Sew along this line making sure you backstitch the start and end of the seam.
Cut off the excess fabric as this will cause bumps and an untidy finish.
Turn your exterior fabric bucket on the right side facing out. Leave the lining as it is as you want the tidy side to be on the inside.
Place your lining inside as if you were stacking them.
Tip: Line up the fabric storage buckets so the bottom seam is running the same way, this way it will fit snug together.
Pin the bases together or use a pattern weight to hold them in place. You will have excess fabric at the top but that is fine as we need that to create a neat edge around the top.
Start by lining up your side seams, pin together so you can accurately create and even fold along the top.
Take to the ironing board and start folding the exterior bucket edge inwards. You can do anything from 1/4 inch to 1/2 an inch.
Repeat within the lining bucket to match the outside.
Pin or clip into place as you go to create a neat edge.
Tip: If you wish to hand these up on a pegboard or on hooks in a playroom, this is a good time to put in a loop of string or ribbon.
Sew along the top into place, you can even use a decorative stitch if you feel fancy.
I like to roll the top over so you can see the lovely lining fabric along with the exterior fabric.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to sew fabric storage buckets. If you have please share it with friends, family and fellow sewists. If you have made your own I would love to see them and share them over on Instagram.