Today I’m sharing a fabric storage bucket tutorial. My boys are at an age that they have discovered Legos. And my husband still has all his from when he was little. Which has led to a Lego mess in our house…and I swear the second picture somehow looks cleaner than it actually is. But you can still see those little pieces waiting to embed themselves in your bare feet.
And how can they even build on that crowded table top? It was time to get this under control.
To make your own storage buckets, you’ll need:
- Piping (optional)
- Clear vinyl
- Heavy Duty fusible interfacing
- Sew on Velcro, at least 3/4″ wide
- Tissue paper
- Hot glue
From your fabric, trace a circle. I used a tea saucer, and then added a 1/2″ seam allowance with my compass ( You can also use two pencils taped together to do this). My fabric circles were 7″ in diameter.
Cut out our circle, then cut it out of interfacing as well.
From your fabric, for each bucket, cut two rectangles. One should be 4 inches high by the circumference of your circle + a seam allowance wide. (Mine were 4″x20″). The other should be 3″ x the same length as your first rectangle.
Cut a rectangle from your vinyl that is 6″ high by the same length as your other rectangles.
You also need 1 piece of interfacing 2″ high by the same length as your other rectangles, and one that is 1.5″ high by the same length as your other rectangles.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your circle. Fuse the 2″ strip of interfacing to the wrong side of your 3″ strip of fabric, 1/2″ in from each edge. Fuse the 1.5″ strip of interfacing to the 4″ high strip of fabric, 1/2″ in from one long edge.
Sew one narrow and one wide strip of interfaced fabric to each long edge of the vinyl, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
To sew the vinyl to the fabric, place a piece of tissue paper between your sewing machine bed and the vinyl. This will help so the vinyl doesn’t get stuck in your feed dogs. The tissue paper will be easy to tear away from the stitching line.
Topstitch with the seam allowance pressed toward your fabric, again using tissue paper to ensure the vinyl feeds through your machine.
If you are using piping, sew it to the edge of your circle using a zipper foot. (Want to know more about piping? Check this piping tutorial)
When you first stitch the piping, the seam allowance will stand up like the circle on the left below. Clip into the piping seam allowance up to (but not through) the stitching line every 1/2″ or so and it will lay flat, as on the circle on the right.
At the beginning/end of the piping, pull a small amount of the piping out of the tube, cut off, and then overlap the ends as shown.
Match the short edges of your vinyl/fabric rectangle and sew it into a tube (note – I ran out of interfacing so you can’t see it on the bottom of this tube, but it should be there).
Pin the tube to the circle, right sides together as shown. The narrower band of fabric gets pinned to the circle. Stitch around the circle.
Fold the top edge of the fabric down 1/2″ and press. (If your interfacing ended up closest to the vinyl instead of the top, no worries. It will all work out on the next step).
Fold the top band down again, covering the seam allowance. Pin in place and stitch down by stitching directly over your topstitching from the earlier step.
Turn your bucket right side out.
To make these buckets hang under a table for storage, stitch a piece of velcro (the soft side) to the outside of the bucket.
Hot glue the rough side of the velcro under the play table.
The velcro will hold the bucket off the floor and under the table.
Enjoy a clean floor and clean table top!
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