Here's the second part of our bucket bag tutorial and pattern. In Part One, we made the interior and the exterior of the bucket bag. In this part, we will be trying to avoid turning your bag into a “black hole” by making a small zippered pocket to be added to the lining for the little bits you do not want to have swimming at the bottom of the bag. We'll also be joining the lining with the outside of the bag and making and attaching the handles to finish the bag.
A few of you have asked me where I bought the fabric I used in my own project. I bought it a few months ago in a store called Spotlight which is found in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, but unfortunately not elsewhere. The fabric is called Crane Velvet and it came in four colors but appears to be discontinued now unfortunately. I bought two, an orange and a teal version which you will see when we release the video of this project in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, I've not been able to find this particular fabric with a US or European vendor yet so I have made some other fabric recommendations below. Perhaps you can leave a note in the comment below if you have more luck.
- 1/2 yard, 54″ wide upholstery fabric, thick canvas (see recommendations below)
- 1/2 yard, 54″ wide Lining fabric
- 1/2″ Bias tape, one roll (approx 2 yards)
- 17 mm Grommets
- Polyester Thread for sewing canvas
- Double-sided tape 3/8″ wide
- One large bead for the tassel with a 10mm hole
- Pellon Peltex
- Magnetic bag clasp (optional)
My Fabric Recommendations
- Kam tool
- Zipper foot
- Jeans needle
- Inches to centimeters converter (Optional)
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Exacto or craft knife (Optional)
Bucket Bag Tutorial CONTINUED FROM PART 1
Step Six: Joining the lining with the outside
Insert the lining in the bucket bag and turn the top of the bag inside by two inches. Put aside, for now, we need to make the zippered pocket that will hang from the main fabric.
Step Seven: Adding an additional zippered pocket
This is an optional step, but I find it useful to have an additional zippered pocket between the lining and the main fabric. We did a similar thing in the Gleam bag but I'm going to show you here now as well.
I am only adding a 4″ zippered pocket, just enough for a few coins, keys or lipstick.
These are the extra materials you will need to make this additional zippered pocket.
- 12.5″ X 6.5″ rectangle in lining fabric
- 4.5″ metal zipper
Place the rectangle with the longest side vertical, right side up. With the zipper right side down, sew it to the top of the rectangle. Turn the zipper the right way. Topstitch in place 1/8″ from the fabric edge. Bring the zipper tape to the other end of the rectangle. And sew the zipper down. Turn the pouch inside out. Open the zipper and topstitch on the other side of the zipper. Fold the pouch inch on the top and pin on the sides. Sew on the sides at 1/4″ and trim the sides to 1/8″.Turn the pouch inside out through the zipper. Sew the sides at 1/2″.Turn the pouch the right way out through the zipper.
Pin the pouch to the main fabric and use the space between the bias tape and the fabric to stitch down the zipper pouch. Try to align it in the middle of the bag.
This step is also optional as well, but I find it useful to have a magnet to close the bucket. I have used a sew-on magnet because it is the easiest to apply. Just make sure you sew it centered with each part on opposite sides of the bag.
Step Seven: Attaching the grommets
Using the pattern, mark the bag to place the grommets. For a step-by-step demo on how to attach grommets please follow this tutorial on sewing with grommets.
Step Eight: Making the handles
Place the double-sided tape on both sides of the strips. Peel the white paper off and fold the side in. Take the other side off and fold in as well. Fold the strip again and sew in the middle. Repeat the steps to make another strap. Put this aside.
Take the small rectangle and use the double-sided tape to turn the sides in. Place the straps ends on either side of the handle. Place the other strap on the other side of the rectangle.
Sew the rectangle around at 1/8″.
I have made a tassel for decoration. If you want to make to make an easy tassel like this one, just follow this tutorial.
Thread the strap to the tassel and lace the strap into the front grommets of the bag. In order to have the tassel hanging from the strap without the use of a lobster claw, you need to thread the tassel before you attach the next set of rectangles to join the straps together.
There is no reason why you can't make this bucket bag pattern using quilting cotton as well. All you will need is some batting to make the fabric thicker to about 2mm.
Join me next time when we will be making a removable lined pouch to go with this bucket bag or any other bag you have that needs an extra secure space.
Please feel free to comment below and make sure to share pictures of your work. Until Next time!