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Bucket Bag

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Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag taught by Kristin Link

In this free mini-class, Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew! leads you through two fun and easy projects you're sure to love.

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Category Sewing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage, Casual, Classic
Susan in CA on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton and poly cotton blend for outside and handle, clear plastic for outside pockets, and taffeta for lining.

Susan in CA on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I made my bucket bag a little larger than the class project, because I've been making things like baby blankets with bulky yarns, and wanted to be able to keep all needed yarn, as well as the work itself, in the bag. It has a 10" diameter bottom and is a couple of inches higher, also, to keep proportion. But I'm most proud of the see-through plastic pockets. I've never sewn with plastic before, but thought it would make it easier to find the stitch markers, needle protectors and such with clear pockets. I also like how the knitting applique came out, so far. Yet to be done is a little embellishing with some transparent fabric paint to add some dimension.

Susan in CA on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you choose to use plastic, use a longer stitch length. I used a 4 out of concern that anything shorter might end up just perforating the plastic to the point it would easily break off at the seam line. I used a medium-weight plastic. Also, I left a larger hole when sewing the lining to the outside, because of the bulk of the plastic, to be able to get it through the hole more easily.

Susan in CA on craftsy.com

Love the see-through pockets. Very nice.

05/26/2013 Flag

Thanks for the info on the plastic. I will give it a go.

10/06/2013 Flag

What a great idea with clear pockets could you tell me what you used for this please.

11/07/2013 Flag

Thank you! The plastic I used is a plastic that is sold at Walmart in their fabric department. It's usually on a large stand, often near the cutting table but sometimes elsewhere, depending on the Walmart. I didn't use the thickest they had, because I thought that might be too stiff. I used one or two down from the thickest. I don't remember which. It's sold by the yard or portion of a yard, and they often have remnants of it. It's quite economical.

11/08/2013 Flag

Great idea!

01/23/2014 Flag