Free Bucket Organizer Pattern

  • 01 of 09

    Materials

    Bucket Organizer
    Bucket Organizer. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Materials:

    • A used or new 5-gallon bucket -- The bucket used for this project measured 14" high and 12" across the top and 10 " across the bottom. These can be purchased in paint departments or use a used plaster bucket that is cleaned after use.
    • One yard of sturdy fabric such as denim or canvas.
    • Thread
    • One four-yard package of double -fold bias tape
    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 02 of 09

    Pattern and Cutting

    Pattern for a Bucket Organizer
    Free Pattern for a Bucket Organizer. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    These pattern instructions contain the measurements used for the bucket described in the materials needed and instructions to create a pattern for any size bucket.

    Cut One For the Interior Base

    • Cut one circle that is 11" across.
    • OR
      Trace the bottom of the bucket on the fabric -- add 1/2" to the outside of the circle. Cut out at the outer marking.)

    Cut Two For the Interior Walls of the Bucket

    • This piece is wider at the top than at the bottom. Start with a Rectangle that is 15" X 39"....MORE Fold this rectangle in half. On the bottom of the rectangle, measure 7 1/2" from the fold and make a mark. Join the mark to the top outer 39" edge. Trim the pattern to the finished size.
    • OR
      Measure around the bucket at the top(A) and at the bottom(B). Add 1" to both measurements -- Measure the height of the bucket and add 1" (C)for a 1/2" seam allowance at the top and bottom
      Create a pattern piece similar to the one shown using your measurements.

    Cut Two For the Outside of the Bucket

    • Cut two 15" X 19" rectangles.
    • OR
      Measure around the bucket at the top(A)and divide the measurement in half, then add 1" for seam allowances (A)
      Measure the height of the bucket and add 1" for a 1/2" seam allowance at the top and bottom (B)
      Cut two rectangles A X B.

    Cut Two Pockets

    • Cut two 7 1/2" X 38" rectangles.
    • OR
      Create a pattern by using the outside of the bucket pattern piece.
      Create a rectangle that is double the width of A by 7 to 8" for the height of the pocket.
    Continue to 3 of 9 below.
  • 03 of 09

    The Outer Pockets

    The Outer Pockets
    The Outer Pockets. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Apply bias tape to the upper edge of both pocket sections.
    • Mark 1/2" in on each end.
    • Fold the pocket section into four sections, not including the 1/2" marks at the ends. Mark the folds with gentle press lines or chalk.
    • Mark 1/2" in from the sides on the outside wall pieces and fold them into four even sections as you did the pocket sections.
    • Match up the ends and bottom of the outside wall and pocket piece.
    • Match the fold marks.
    • Pin in place.
    • Sew the pocket section to the outside wall...MORE section on the fold lines and the edge 1/2" marks.
    • Pleat and press the sides of each pocket section so the pocket fits the area.
    • Top stitch the edge of each outer pleat.
    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 04 of 09

    Finish the Outer Pockets

    Finish the Outer Pockets
    Finish the Outer Pockets. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Baste the bottom of the pocket to the outside wall piece.
    • Turn under the sides 1/4" and 1/4" again to enclose the raw edges.
    • Carefully top stitch the hem in place, not stitching the pocket.
    • Enclose the bottom edge with bias tape, turning under the ends to enclose the raw edges.
    • Repeat for the other outside wall and pocket piece.
    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Inside Wall and Base

    The Inside
    The Inside. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • With right sides together, sew a seam in the height edge of the inside wall section, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seam to one side.
    • Fold the outside wall section, into four even section. Mark the folds with chalk or by gently pressing.
    • Fold the inside bottom circle into four even sections. Mark the folds with chalk or by gently pressing.
    • With right sides together, match the fold marks on the outside wall piece and the inside bottom circle piece.
    • Join the pieces,...MORE using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Press the seam and apply a seam finish.
    Continue to 6 of 9 below.
  • 06 of 09

    Attach Inside and Outside Pieces

    Attach Inside and Outside Pieces
    Attach Inside and Outside Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using the side seam of the inside wall piece as a starting point, placing right sides together, pin the outside wall pieces to the inside wall pieces.
    • Distribute any extra space between the outside wall pieces evenly.
    • Sew using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish to the raw edge.
    Continue to 7 of 9 below.
  • 07 of 09

    Secure the Top Seam

    Secure the Top Seam
    Secure the Top Seam. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press the seam so that it lies on the inside wall piece.
    • Top stitch, an even distance from the seam, to attach the seam allowance to just the inside wall section.
    Continue to 8 of 9 below.
  • 08 of 09

    Ties

    The Ties
    The Ties. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Sew near the unsecured folded edge of the remaining bias tape to hold the layers together.
    • Divide the tape into two even pieces.
    • Cut.
    • Repeat the dividing process to have four even pieces.
    • Attach one end of each tie on the back side of the outside wall section at the top of the pocket section.
    • Turn right side out and place inside ​the bucket.
    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    All Instructions to Sew a 5 Gallon Bucket Organizer

    Photo of a completed Sew Your Own Bucket Organizer
    Sew Your Own Bucket Organizer. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    For printing convenience, all instructions to sew a bucket organizer are located here. To see step by step instructions with photos, please see

    Materials:

    • A used or new 5-gallon bucket - The bucket used for this project measured 14" high and 12" across the top and 10 " across the bottom. Available in paint departments.
    • One yard of sturdy fabric such as denim or canvas.
    • Thread
    • One four-yard package of double fold bias tape

    These pattern instructions contain the measurements used for the...MORE bucket described in the materials needed and instructions to create a pattern for any size bucket.

    Cut One For the Interior Base

    • Cut one circle that is 11" across.
    • OR
      Trace the bottom of the bucket on the fabric -- add 1/2" to the outside of the circle. Cut out at the outer marking.)

    Cut Two For the Interior Walls of the Bucket

    • This piece is wider at the top than at the bottom. Start with a Rectangle that is 15" X 39". Fold this rectangle in half. On the bottom of the rectangle, measure 7 1/2" from the fold and make a mark. Join the mark to the top outer 39" edge. Trim the pattern to the finished size.
    • OR
      Measure around the bucket at the top(A) and at the bottom(B). Add 1" to both measurements -- Measure the height of the bucket and add 1" (C)for a 1/2" seam allowance at the top and bottom
      Create a pattern piece similar to the one shown using your measurements.

    Cut Two For the Outside of the Bucket

    • Cut two 15" X 19" rectangles.
    • OR
      Measure around the bucket at the top(A)and divide the measurement in half, then add 1" for seam allowances (A)
      Measure the height of the bucket and add 1" for a 1/2" seam allowance at the top and bottom (B)
      Cut two rectangles A X B.

    Cut Two Pockets

    • Cut two 7 1/2" X 38" rectangles.
    • OR
      Create a pattern by using the outside of the bucket pattern piece.
      Create a rectangle that is double the width of A by 7 to 8" for the height of the pocket.

    The Outer Pockets

    • Apply bias tape to the upper edge of both pocket sections.
    • Mark 1/2" in on each end.
    • Fold the pocket section into four sections, not including the 1/2" marks at the ends. Mark the folds with gentle press lines or chalk.
    • Mark 1/2" in from the sides on the outside wall pieces and fold them into four even sections as you did the pocket sections.
    • Match up the ends and bottom of the outside wall and pocket piece.
    • Match the fold marks.
    • Pin in place.
    • Sew the pocket section to the outside wall section on the fold lines and the edge 1/2" marks.
    • Pleat and press the sides of each pocket section so the pocket fits the area.
    • Top stitch the edge of each outer pleat.

    Finish the Outer Pockets

    • Baste the bottom of the pocket to the outside wall piece.
    • Turn under the sides 1/4" and 1/4" again to enclose the raw edges.
    • Carefully top stitch the hem in place, not stitching the pocket.
    • Enclose the bottom edge with bias tape, turning under the ends to enclose the raw edges.
    • Repeat for the other outside wall and pocket piece.

    Inside Wall and Base

    • With right sides together, sew a seam in the height edge of the inside wall section, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seam to one side.
    • Fold the outside wall section, into four even section. Mark the folds with chalk or by gently pressing.
    • Fold the inside bottom circle into four even sections. Mark the folds with chalk or by gently pressing.
    • With right sides together, match the fold marks on the outside wall piece and the inside bottom circle piece.
    • Join the pieces, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Press the seam and apply a seam finish.

    Attach Inside and Outside Pieces

    • Using the side seam of the inside wall piece as a starting point, placing right sides together, pin the outside wall pieces to the inside wall pieces.
    • Distribute any extra space between the outside wall pieces evenly.
    • Sew using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish to the raw edge.

    Secure the Top Seam

    • Press the seam so that it lies on the inside wall piece.
    • Top stitch, an even distance from the seam, to attach the seam allowance to just the inside wall section.

    Ties

    • Sew near the unsecured folded edge of the remaining bias tape to hold the layers together.
    • Divide the tape into two even pieces.
    • Cut.
    • Repeat the dividing process to have four even pieces.
    • Attach one end of each tie on the back side of the outside wall section at the top of the pocket section.
    • Turn right side out and place inside the bucket.