Camp Buckets

I guess bringing a bucket to a kids camp is the new "thing?" You get to store your stuff inside of the bucket and have a quick seat to sit upon too. Pretty durn-smart. My two grandkids brought over their buckets to work on them.... yep, I ended up making one for each of them. I just couldn't help myself.
Here you can see the before buckets. My grandson's is the one with the blue duct tape on it, that was his bucket last year.  My grandaughter's is the new orange bucket.
I used wrapping paper to create a pattern piece to fit around both buckets.
When you wrap anything around a bucket it is going to have a slight curve to it, almost like covering a lampshade.
I cut off all the clipped pieces of paper to get a more exact piece that would fit around the bucket...
Once the paper piece was created, it was just a matter of laying it on some fabric and cutting it out. I folded the paper in half and placed that along the fold in the fabric and drew a line along the edge. I added about 1/4 of a seam allowance which I turned under with some iron on hem tape. I used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to each bucket. I also used hot glue to the top and bottom edges of the fabric to make sure it was really good and attached. I hot glued the seam of fabric where the fabric overlapped on the backside as well.

I used the lid to mark a circle on the fabric pieces and also the batting used to make the seat comfy.
I created the cushion for the buckets by sewing the fabric with wrongs sides together and putting the seam allowance on the outside. I stitched about half way around, then laid in the batting and continued to stitch the cushion closed. I created a long band of fabric to go around the bucket with a casing in it so that I could feed ribbon through it to attach the seats cushion to the bucket.
Here you can see the strip with the casing in it pinned to the seats cushion.
Once it was stitched together, it was just a matter of feeding the ribbon through the casing.
Pulling the ribbon snugly against the bucket helped keep the bucket lid "locked" on the bucket.
I gave my grandaughter a bunch of rhinestones and some fabric glue and let her bedazzle her bucket.
I had wanted my grandson to add wiggly eyes to Yoda... but nooooooo--- he didn't think that was funny. I thought, and still think-- that would have been hysterical.
(@ @) wiggly/jiggly eyes on Yoda... Would.Have.Been.Hysterical.
big hugs,


  1. That's a good idea and they look good too.

  2. Lucky kids to have such a talented and crafty grandma. The buckets are great!

  3. You did a wonderful job making those buckets so special! I'll bet all their friends wish you were their grandma too!

  4. Those turned out super cute. Bet the grand kids loved them.

  5. Who thought of this!!! What a great idea. So simple and so smart.
    xx, Carol

  6. You are just so clever, great idea using the wrapping paper for your pattern, great fabrics you used, love the idea of having a cushioned seat, your grandkids are so lucky to have you :)
    She did a great job on the bedazzling and I too think the google eyes would have been great :)

  7. These are really fun and happy. No wonder they love them !


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