How To Make A Garden Bucket Tote

How To Make A Garden Bucket Tote

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Coats and Clark
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Additional Information



  • Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread
  • 1/2 yd Yellow cotton fabric (outer)
  • 1/2 yd Pink cotton fabric (liner)
  • 1/4 yd Green cotton fabric (pleated pockets)
  • 5" (12.70cm) squares pink print fabric with pinked edges (patch pockets) (2)
  • Round 5-gallon bucket
  • 1 pkg. Pink double-fold bias tape in matching color
  • 1 pkg. yellow double-fold bias tape in contrasting color
  • Fabric marking pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • All seam allowances are 1/2".


  1. Measure and make a note of these dimensions: A)The top circumference of the bucket, divide by two and add 1" for seam allowances. B) The height of the bucket plus 1" for seam allowances.

  1. Outer bucket: Cut 2 rectangles using measurements A and B.
  2. Liner: Cut 1 rectangle using the bucket circumference and height plus 1" in both directions.(See note below for buckets with slanted sides.)
  3. Liner Bottom: Trace the bucket bottom onto the wrong side of the fabric; add 1/2" seam allowance all around. Cut 1.
  4. Pleated Pockets: Cut (2) rectangles the same size as the outer bucket rectangles.

  1. Fold each pocket piece lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Apply pink bias tape to the folded edge of each pocket piece.
  2. Divide the pocket rectangle into 4 equal sections. Mark a stitching line along the pocket height at each division.
  3. Divide the outer bucket rectangle width into 4 even sections and pin-mark. Layer the pocket rectangle over the outer bucket rectangle matching the divisions on each. The pocket will be longer that the outer rectangle.
  4. Stitch along the marked dividing lines and the ends to form the pockets, backstitching the ends to secure.
  5. Fold pocket section into even pleats, pin and press. Baste the lower and side edges in place. Repeat steps 4-7 for other bucket outer rectangle.
  6. Position and pin each patch pocket square on the outer bucket rectangle as desired. Topstitch in place leaving the upper edge open.
  7. Using yellow bias tape, bind sides and bottom of the outer bucket rectangle pieces, mitering the corners.
  8. To make the bucket liner, fold the rectangle right sides together and seam the end. Press the seam allowances open.
  9. Fold the circle in quarters and mark the sections at the lower edge. Fold the liner bottom circle in quarters and mark at edges.
  10. With right sides together, pin the bottom to the liner, matching the quarter marks. Clip the liner seam allowance as necessary to fit. Stitch around the bucket liner bottom.
  11. Finishing: With right sides together, align the outer bucket panels along the liner upper edge, starting at the liner side seam. There will be some overlap at the outer panel edges. Sew in place around the upper edge.
  12. Fold the outer bucket panels to the outside and press the upper fold. Edgestitch around the upper opening through all layers.
  13. Using the pink bias tape, cut four ties 7" (17.78cm) long. Sew along the bias tape length.
  14. Position one tie on each outer bucket side opening at the pleated pocket upper edge, lapping the bias ends under the outer bucket panel 1/2" (1.27cm). Topstitch in place.
  15. Slip the liner into the bucket and arrange the outer panels around the bucket handles. Tie in place

  16. Note: If the bucket has tapered sides, measure and subtract the bottom circumference measurement from the top circumference, divide that number in half. Measure in this amount from each lower corner of the rectangle and mark. Connect a line from each top corner to these marks and trim to create a slightly tapered rectangle.)