How To Make Fabric Buckets – Simple And Easy

These are easy to make and handy to use, easy step by step instructions.

The mission has extended to another day but a day well spent. Today I was on the hunt for extra storage ideas, for all those little objects and figures that get lost among the bulk. I had seen different variants of fabric buckets and how they were made. I liked the idea of a fabric bucket as it can be flexible and stored away easily and easy to clean if gets dirty. These can be made in any size you want and even add a little loop or handle on to hang up on a peg or hook.

You can make these to any size you desire I made 2 sizes the larger being 14 inches by 16 inches and the smaller being 10 inches by 12 inches.

Equipment And Materials


Cutting The Fabric

To make the larger bucket you will need to cut:

  • 2 – 14 x 16 squares in your main fabric
  • 2 – 14 x 16 squares in your lining fabric
  • 2 – 14 x 16 squares into your heavy weight interfacing

Preparing The Squares

When prepping your fabric always make sure it is pressed. Iron the interfacing onto the back of your main fabric, this will give the bucket stability and stiffness to stand up.


Sewing Together

Place your main fabric pieces right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat for your lining.

Creating The Boxed Corners

Measure 7cm in from the stitch line (make sure not to measure from the fabric edge) on the bottom along and from the side coming inwards. For the smaller box use 5cm. Do this for both corners and repeat for the lining. Take the mark on each side and bring together. I used a pin going through from 1 point to the other with no other fabric caught in the pin. The fold now should have the seam running in the centre to a point. Draw a straight line across and sew 2 lines of running stitch to add strength. Cut off the excess fabric parallel to the stitch line. Repeat for the lining.

Adding Handles

While working on the main fabric bucket you can add on handles, for the smaller bucket I used simple cotton tape on each side. Mark on each side with your chalk pen or a pin where you want the handles to go. Fold the raw edge under and put in place by the mark you made. Pin into place and use a running stitch to hold into place. Be careful not to catch the other layers of fabric while sewing on the handle.

Construction Of The Bucket

Turn your main fabric buckets right way around, leave your lining as it is and put the lining inside the main bucket. Line up the seams and pin together. To neaten the top there can be 3-4 ways of doing it. I will show you the 3 I used and then you can decide which one you prefer for yourself.

  1. The first way is to join the top raw edges of your bucket together and use a running stitch to hold in place. Then take premade bias binding and fold over the raw edge, pin into place and use a running stitch to hold in place.
  2. The second way is to sew together the 2 layers together and fold over 1/4 inch and press and then repeat another fold 1/4 inch and press. Pin into place and top stitch around the edge. You can use the fold going inwards or outwards, folding outwards will bring the lining out and can look like a binding.
  3. To create a neat edge along the top you can separately press a fold inwards of 1/4 inch so that the raw edge will be trapped in the middle of both layers. Do the same for both sides all the way around the bucket and pin together. Make sure both sides are lined up together, topstitch into place with a running stitch.

Finishing Touches

Fill your fabric buckets with all your toys and goodies and you are done. You can create handles on the sides to hook they up onto the wall or simply stand them as they are.

Let me know how you got on in the comments below and what you have used your fabric buckets for. 🙂

Check out the links below to see other projects you may be interested in.

Padded Floor Cushions For Little Bottoms.

How To Make Wendy House Curtains.


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