How To Make A Bucket Bag

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You guys know I love bags and today I have a fun and new project for you. I’m going to show you How To Make A Bucket Bag! This is a unique bag that has a ton of uses. Carry a little or a lot in this little bag. It is perfect for carrying your gym gear, sewing tools, or you could just use it for an everyday bag. I use mine for a purse sometimes and I get lots of compliments on it. You can sew this project in a little less than an hour. The included free pattern makes it simple to cut out your fabric shapes. The top of this bag features a drawstring closing so it is easy to get what you need in and out of this bag. I used some fun print fabric for my bag and I love it. You could use a print you love or just a solid color to match more of your outfits. I plan on making one of these to give to a friend this holiday season. 

bucket bag top photo

This bag has a nice lining, making it easy to clean and use. I used webbing for the handles, but you could make your own straps out of fabric. Gather up the rest of your supplies and get started making this fun bag!

How To Make A Bucket Bag

What You’ll Need:

bucket bag supplies

Printing Instructions

This bucket bag pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together. 

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your pattern should look like this: 

bucket bag pattern

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut:

  • Cut 1 Main, 1 Lining : Main Body, Base
  • Straps – Cut 2
  • Closure – Cut 2

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.

Bucket Bag Sewing Tutorial With Free Pattern

How To Make A Bucket Bag

cut out fabric pieces

The first step in this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial is to use the included free pattern to cut out your fabric. Optionally you can wash, dry, and iron your fabric as this will help preshrink your fabric so that your stitches won’t get messed up the first time you wash the bag. Use the cut list above to cut out all your fabric pieces.

iron interfacing to bucket bag pieces

Iron interfacing to the bottom panel.

fold main panel of bucket bag in half and sew

Fold the main panel in half and sew.

pin bottom of bag to mail panel

Mark in quarters. Mark bottom in quarters as well.

sew bottom to main panel

Next on this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial, pin bottom to the main panel, right sides together and sew. Our bag is beginning to take shape.

repeat same steps for lining of bucket bag

To sew the lining, we will repeat the same steps above. Fold the lining panel in half and pin. Sew leaving a 3” opening in the seam.

mark liner into quarters

Mark in quarters. Mark bottom in quarters as well.

pin bottom of liner to main lining panel and sew

Pin bottom to the main panel, right sides together, and sew. 

measure 2 1/2 inches from center marks & sewing straps in place on bucket bag

Next on this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial, measure 2 1/2” from center marks and pin the straps or webbing in place. Baste in place.

layer top closure fabric right sides together & pin

Now on this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial, we will sew the closure for our bag. To sew closure, place two layers right sides together and pin.

measure 1“ on each side.  Sew

Mark the center point of the short ends. From that center point, measure 1“ on each side.  Sew the short ends skipping over the 1” sections marked earlier. 

open seam & topstitch

Open the seam allowance and topstitch on either side.

fold closure for bucket bag in half & mark a 1" opening around. Sew on line.

Fold the closure in half. Draw a line below the 1” opening around the entire piece. Sew along the line you just drew. 

pin closure and main bucket bag together

Next on this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial, we will work on putting it all together. With raw edges aligned and the opening in the closure placed at the side of the bag, pin the closure and the bag together.

Slide the lining over the main fabric, aligning the seam. Pin the lining to the raw edge of the bag.  Sew through all layers.

Slide the lining over the main fabric, aligning the seam. Pin the lining to the raw edge of the bag.  Sew through all layers.

turn right side out

Turn bag right sides out through the opening left in the lining. Sew the opening closed. 

With the closure inside the bag topstitch around the opening of the bag. 

With the closure inside the bag topstitch around the opening of the bag. 

add cord to top of bag

The last step in this how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial is to work on the drawstrings. To insert the drawstrings, attach a safety pin to your ribbon or cord,  insert one drawstring inside one of the openings in the side of the closure, continuing until you get back to where you started.   Insert the other drawstring in the opposite direction. Tie the ends of the cords to ensure they stay secure in the channel. 

finished bucket bag sewing project

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a bucket bag sewing tutorial! This is a fun and cute project you can use for all kinds of things. Toys, groceries, clothing, the options are only limited by your imagination.

Simple Sew Bucket Bag With Free Pattern

If you liked learning how to make a bucket bag, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Make A Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag Create Card

Sew your own adorable bucket bag! Great for the beach, the gym, or anything you want to carry!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 50 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

  1. Iron interfacing to the bottom panel.
  2. Fold the main panel in half and sew.
  3. Mark in quarters.
  4. Mark bottom in quarters as well.
  5. Pin bottom to the main panel, right sides together and sew. 
  6. To sew the lining, Fold the main panel in half and pin. Sew leaving a 3” opening in the seam.
  7. Mark in quarters.
  8. Mark bottom in quarters as well.
  9. Pin bottom to the main panel, right sides together, and sew. 
  10. If making straps, press strap long ends in by 1/2” , then fold the strap in half to conceal raw edges. 
  11. Measure 2 1/2” from center marks and pin the straps or webbing in place. 
  12. Baste in place.
  13. To sew closure, place two layers right sides together and pin.
  14. Mark the center point of the short ends.
  15. From that center point, measure 1“ on each side. 
  16. Sew the short ends skipping over the 1” sections marked earlier. 
  17. Open the seam allowance and topstitch on either side.
  18. Fold the closure in half.
  19. Draw a line below the 1” opening around the entire piece.
  20. Sew along the line you just drew. 
  21. With raw edges aligned and the opening in the closure placed at the side of the bag, pin the closure and the bag together.
  22. Slide the lining over the main fabric, aligning the seam. Pin the lining to the raw edge of the bag.  Sew through all layers.
  23. Turn bag right sides out through the opening left in the lining. 
  24. Sew the opening closed. 
  25. With the closure inside the bag topstitch around the opening of the bag. 
  26. To insert the drawstrings, attach a safety pin to your ribbon or cord,  insert one drawstring inside one of the openings in the side of the closure, continuing until you get back to where you started.  
  27. Insert the other drawstring in the opposite direction. Tie the ends of the cords to ensure they stay secure in the channel. 
  28. Enjoy!

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