Tuesday, April 28, 2009

fabric bucket--version 2

Yea! I got a little crafting time this weekend, and now that Easter crafting is over, I'm setting my sights on churning out several of these fabric buckets for Christmas giving. Yeah, kind of early to making Christmas gifts, I know, but I have strong feelings about getting as much done as early (insanely early is my wish) as possible so that we might really relax and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas this year. My plan is to fill these buckets with homemade treats such as jams, candied nuts, little cookie boxes or whatever we are doing closer to the time (maybe candied orange peels, since we grow so many oranges). My first attempt at a fabric bucket was here. I like this one much better. It's interlined with Peltex so it's much stiffer and these handles are much more practical. I also like the cleaner lines on this one.
It's certainly not perfectly sewn, but I'm no perfectionist. My goal in all of this is to give a heartfelt gift that is useful, somewhat personal, and does not pollute the earth.
Here's a preview of the next one. I have quite a bit of this linen just laying around, but I might do some in a nice practical canvas too if I run out of linen.

16 comments:

Anita Ann said...

That is a really awesome idea

Jessica said...

I'm already thinking of Christmas gifts as well (jam-making is coming up and that is my favorite gift to give). I really want to whip a couple of those buckets up soon!

Lisa said...

Christmas sewing!! Thanks for the reminder that I should be starting now.

Andrea said...

Nice! and impressively early!

secret cake said...

Lovely! How did sewing with Peltex go? Is it fusible or not? You are so SMART to start on your gifts now. We'll all be kicking ourselves in a few months : )

Joy said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm sure the folks on your Christmas list will love it. :)

Emily said...

Would it be possible for you to do a tutorial on how to make a fabric bucket? I would love to be able to make one but become so confused trying to piece it together using various websites. Thank you!

Hannah said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one thinking of Christmas already!

1urbanmom said...

I really like this..Your always inspiring me. Thank You!

vincent said...

I love these bags, they are really neat...

Mary Beth said...

Secret Cake--so far so good with the Peltex. It's pretty bendy and flexible and you can press it. Like I said, I'm not a perfectionist--I just try to press out any little tucks or creases. Yes, it comes as fusible and I wish I had gotten that. I got the non-fusible.

Emily--yes, I'm happy to do a tutorial once I perfect the technique!

secret cake said...

For some reason I always shy away from projects that use interfacing. I don't know why...it's silly.

I'll give it a whirl with the iron-on kind. Would love to see your process on making these sweet fabric buckets.

Throwing things in buckets/baskets is my new version of "cleaning up" with my two year-old and five year-old!

Aimee said...

Yes, I would also love to here how you made these. It has been on my list, but seems daunting.

Emily said...

Thank you Mary Beth! I will keep checking in.

congamama2 said...

I love your buckets! Just bought some fabric with them in mind...do you have a tutorial for them?

Mary Beth said...

Congamama2--I never did work up a tutorial because I switched to making buckets from the Maya Made pattern.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/46459078/pdf-pattern-for-round-burlap-bucket

I loved using her technique and the instructions are super clear!