Tuesday, October 4, 2016
New Fabric Buckets
I have been given a couple Moda Candy packs and didn't know what to do with them. So I put them with my scraps and forgot about them. I wanted to try making a small thread catcher that would sit on my sewing cabinet instead of hanging down and blocking my drawers. I pulled these out and decided to experiment.
I felt like I was back in high school looking at square layouts with the question of which could be folded to make a cube. Lol. Making bags and boxing corners helped me figure it out. One mini charm pack was enough for two buckets because they each used 20.
I used some scrap Warm and White batting and quilted them by stitching in the ditch. Then I pulled out a scrap of fabric left over from the backing of this quilt. I used more batting scraps and quilted it with the walking foot using the print for spacing.
I like the two layers of batting because it keeps the buckets nice and stiff. I decided to add binding at the top so I wouldn't have to turn them right side out after sewing the outside and lining together.
These two were made with a Miss Kate mini charm pack and scrap binding from the Daysail line.
I made one mostly floral and one mostly geometric with the intent to give the floral one to my mom. We'll see if she actually gets it. ;)
These two were made with a Kindred Spirits mini charm pack and a random brown scrap.
When I showed my husband the buckets he thought they would be great little storage containers in a small cabinet we have. They fit perfectly and he is excited to have them there. I am glad they will have a use because I just made them to use up the fabric.
Now that I know how to make them with 2.5 inch squares, I may dig into my scraps again and make one completely out of scraps. My black, white, and red scraps are calling out to me.
Edited to add:
I do not plan on making a tutorial for these buckets. However, here are some patterns available if you would like to make something similar.
Atkinson's Designs Bucket Brigade
Crazy Mom Quilts Thread Catcher
A Few Scraps Quilted Nesting Buckets
There is also a pattern for a bigger fabric bucket by Christina Cameli (of A Few Scraps) in her first book: First Steps to Free Motion Quilting.
Here is a picture of my new fabric bucket with the original one I made with Christina's pattern from her book. It also helped me when making my little ones.
Have a great day!
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar, including Oh Scrap! Check them out for more quilty inspiration.