I figured I’d put my jeans leg bucket tutorial up in case anyone wants to know how to do it.. but it’s just your basic fabric bucket. Using a jeans leg means half the work is already done for you, and you should get it done in about 5 mins – EASY!
Now, I used some sort of middle-weight denim, and a cotton drill for the outer, which makes a sort of middle weight bucket – if you like it more rigid, or want to use flimsier fabric, you’ll probably want to add something to stiffen it, like using interfacing, or an extra layer of something stiff (no tutorial for that though)
I should mention the jeans I used for this bag were really wide legged (XXL sixed) jeans, so this bucket (when flatterned out) measures 30cm wide by about 19cm high. Normal jeans will make a smaller bucket, or make a tall narrow one.
To make a larger bucket, you can cut down the side seam of the jeans leg and use that as one side of the bucket and use the other leg to make the other side.. then sew the two together to make one bigger “leg” (you’ll end up with a seam at the front and back as well as the sides then)
Ohh… excuse the state of the table here… it’s my work table, that used to be an old leatherworking bench, so it’s got dye splatters on it, making it look dirty… but I assure you it is clean 🙂
Grab a pair of old jeans to cut up, and cut off one leg about an inch and a half (4cm) longer than you want the finished bucket to be tall (you need it to be as long as you want it, plus seam allowance plus whatever you want to turn over for the top) If you want the nice cuff part as a fold over on the top edge of the bucket, keep the bottom cuff on the jeans, measure from under that, and add enough extra for seam allowance.
Then cut a piece of fabric for the outer to be twice as wide as the jeans leg, (include the seam allowance of the jeans in the measuring, since you’ll need seam allowance), and about 1cm longer than you want the finished bucket to be (or as long as the denim piece is, minus it’s foldover – however you want to think of it)…right.. clear as mud?
So for example if you want the finished bucket to be 20cm high, cut the jeans leg to about 24cm long and the other fabric to 21cm. Best if you can use the selvedge as the top edge of the outer fabric, because that saves you a bit of time. If not, it doesn’t matter.
With the jeans leg inside out, sew (or overlock) along the bottom, and then put that aside.
Fold the outer fabric so that right sides are together, and sew/overlock down the side, and overlock along the bottom. If you haven’t used a selvedge as the top edge, you might want to overlock that to stop any fraying.
So both pieces should now have just one opening at the top.
To make the bucket stand up and have a flat base, you need to cut off the corners. To do this, take the inner jeans leg piece and line up the side and bottom seams, so you get the angle of the corner right.
I don’t know if it matters how far in you go, but I’ve used 6cm from the point of the overlocked bottom seam. mark it with a pin. Then try and sew/overlock a straight line to cut that corner off. It should look like this next picture when it’s done
Do the same on the other side, then put this piece to the side (you can neaten off the overlocker ends if you want). Do the same for the outer piece.
Ohh… the little triangles you cut off the corners….. can make cute doll hats if you trim them down a bit 😉
After you’ve done both sides, turn the outside piece so it is out the right way. You should have a bucket-like thing happening, like this
See how cutting the corners off makes a flat based shape? cool hey!
Now just put your inner denim layer inside the outer layer, so that the seams on the denim are between the layers where you can’t see them…. and fold over the cuff. Sew the cuff down to make a lovely neat edge for the top