Fall Patchwork Bucket Tote

Fall Patchwork Bucket Tote

Crafting Time:
  • Over 5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Joann Fabrics
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Additional Information


Supplies & Tools: (for cover)

  • 86"x86" Duvet insert
  • 10 yds 54" Silk dupioni
  • Sixteen 7/8" buttons to cover
  • 1¼ yds Medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron & ironing surface

Directions: (for cover)
The following directions are for an 86"x86" purchased duvet insert. Adjust measurements as necessary for other duvet insert sizes. Extra fabric is needed for larger sizes.

1. Use 1/2" seam allowance throughout.

2. Cut four pieces of silk dupioni fabric 90" long.

3. Set aside two pieces for front and back. Trim selvages, making panels 53" wide.

4. From the other two pieces, cut a total of four 18"x90" panels for sides of front and back.

5. Sew 18" pieces to each side of both front and back. Press.

6. Fold down 2" on top edge of front and back.

7. Cut interfacing into strips 45"x1½". Fuse interfacing to wrong side of top edge along fold, then fold down 1/4" on edge to make facing.

8.Fold facing to wrong side and sew close to edge.

9. Sew front to back, matching seams and curving at the corners.

10. Finish seams as desired.

11. Press and turn right side out.

12. Space button holes evenly along top edge in the 24. center of the facing – approx. every 5".

13. Cover buttons according to manufacturer's 25. directions and sew in place.

Supplies & Tools: (for leaves)

  • 1/4 yd each 14 Cotton quilting fabrics, shades of green
  • One 5-yd pkg HeatnBond® Lite
  • One 5-yd pkg Super Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer
  • Small piece of template plastic
  • Iron & ironing surface
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating rayon embroidery threads
  • Optional: Fabri-Tac® adhesive

Directions: (for leaves)
1. Cut the fabrics in half using the fold from the bolt as a guide; put one half aside.

2. Fold each of the remaining pieces in half and iron to mark the middle of the fabric.

3. Cut a HeatnBond. ® rectangle to fit on half of the fabric, using the fold line as a guide. Iron the HeatnBond® to the wrong side of the fabric following manufacturer's directions. Remove paper, fold in half and iron both halves together. The HeatnBond® is sandwiched between two layers of fabric, with right sides showing. Repeat for the other folded fabrics.

4. Trace leaf onto template plastic and cut. Using the leaf template, trace 8 leaves on one side of fabric sandwich. Cut out leaves along traced line. Repeat using all of the fabric, making 8 leaves from each green fabric.

5. Wind bobbin with rayon thread that coordinates with the leaf fabric and place same thread on top. Cut a 4" long piece of Super Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer. Place cut-out leaf on Solvy Stabilizer and sew around using a zigzag stitch 4.0 width, .35 length. The stitch will go into the leaf on one side and be off the edge on the other. Start at bottom or round part of leaf. Decrease width as you get closer to the tip, then increase again after pivoting at the tip. Sew up the center, tapering the width to make a vein. Four leaves should fit across the piece of Solvy Stabilizer.

6. Remove Super Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer by following manufacturer's instructions.

7. Arrange leaves on the duvet cover as desired and sew or glue in place.