These babies are fun to make and great for keeping odds and ends in one place. They'd be a great place for socks, toys, magazines, hand towels, etc.
I made mine 8" tall by 8" wide but you can make it any size you want. Just size down (or size up) the fabric; all the other directions remain the same. You can make a set of nesting buckets or a rectangle bucket. Use those creative juices.
Use whatever seam allowance you want, just be consistent throughout the entire project. I used a 1/2" seam allowance for the whole project except the handles.
You'll put together the lining and outer bucket fabric the same way. Stitch along edges with right sides together so you end up with a cross shape. Above pictures show the wrong side and right side once these seams are finished. NOTE: Stop stitching 1/4" from each corner.
Now pin sides of lining together, lining up corners and edges. Now you have a box shape. Be sure to mark one of the edges so you leave about a 5-6" gap in the stitching so you can turn the bucket right side out later.
Do the same for the outer fabric, but do not leave any gap for turning. Turn outer fabric right side out and put it inside the lining fabric so right sides are facing. Line up corners and edges and pin all the way around.
Take your handles and pin them between the lining and outer fabrics. Then stitch all the way around top raw edge of bucket.
1. Turn bucket right side out through the gap in the linging.
2. Pull lining up completely and stitch up gap.
3. Stuff lining down into bucket, lining up corners and top edges and press.
4. Bucket, nicely pressed.
5. Now topstitch around entire top edge of bucket. If you used home dec weight fabric, the corners and handles get pretty thick to sew through, but just go nice and slow so your machine doesn't rebel against you.
That's all there is to it!
I made one with the USA silhouette on one side and South Africa's silhouette on the other.