The Bucket Bag Tutorial

Can a DIY handbag look as great as (or better than) a store bought bag? This Bucket Bag tutorial by Sew4Home says, "yes!" -Sewtorial

Can a DIY handbag look as great as (or better than) a store bought bag? This Bucket Bag tutorial by Sew4Home says, “yes!” This beautiful bag features some of the same hardware that you’d expect to find in a retail version.

Supplies

(See full tutorial for fabric and supply recommendations.)

  • ¾ yard of 44″+ wide medium-weight cotton canvas or similar for the bag exterior and strap;
    NOTE: ¾ yard is the minimum required. If you have a motif that requires special fussy cutting, a full yard is  recommended.
  • ½ yard of 44″+ wide standard weight cotton for the bag’s lining;
  • 1½ yards of ¼” twisted cord;
  • TWO 1″ D-rings;
  • FIVE size 16 long-prong, smooth-cap snaps;
  • TWELVE large grommets;
  • FOUR purse feet (optional, but a great professional finish); 
  • ONE cord lock (optional for front tie slide if not using a simple bow);
    NOTE: All your bag hardware should match.  
  • ¾ yard of 22″+ wide high-loft fusible fleece;
  • ¼ yard of 45″ wide medium-weight fusible interfacing;
  • ¼ yard of 20″+ wide heavyweight interfacing;
  • All purpose thread to match fabrics
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Straight pins
  • Seam sealant (optional) for knotted ends of twisted cord

Skill Level

Intermediate

See the Tutorial →