Today is your lucky day.
Instead of doing another sewing tutorial, I thought I would use my loves:

Let me introduce you to:

Fabric Covered Buckets.

What you will need:

(I recommend a random & all-over print.
If you chose stripes or a pattern that needs to 
line up you will go totally crazy and your 
bucket will look really crazy too.)
Spray paint
Wrapping paper
Spray adhesive
(from any craft store or Walmart.)

Here's my old gardening bucket.  Dirt and all.
I cleaned it up...

but the inside isn't too pretty.  
Time to change that.

Oh, how I love me some spray paint.

Especially American Accents from Lowes.  
It is by far the best spray paint ever.
Trust me, I have tried them all.

I sprayed the insides, rim and handle Sweet Pea Pink.
Already it looks better.

When the paint dries, take it inside to a big table.
Get out some old wrapping paper and roll it out on your table.
Start with one side of the bucket and trace as you roll it along the paper.
I did it a little at a time, alternating tracing the top and then the bottom,
always making sure that it is lined up.

Cut out the wrapping paper.

Place it on your bucket to make sure it fits.  
Trim up any areas that are too big.

Now you have a pattern.

Place it on your fabric and cut away.
Make sure that you have the top of the pattern going the right way on your fabric.

Grab your spray adhesive, fabric and bucket and head outside.

(Sorry, no pictures of this step.  The adhesive gets everywhere and 
I love my camera way too much.  It's easy though.)

Lay the bucket down with the front middle facing you.
Spray some adhesive on the bucket.
Take the middle of the fabric and press it down on to the bucket.
Smooth out any wrinkles and make sure it is lining up with the top.
Go around the bucket, alternating sides using the same method until
the bucket is gorgeous and covered with fabric goodness.

I am using this yummy refab to store Janey's toys.
I have a feeling that when she gets a bit bigger 
there will be a photo shoot involved.

Minus the headband of course!


  1. This is a GREAT idea for an instant one of a kind EASTER BASKET. All that's missing is the colored straw. You are so creative!

  2. Now how cute is that?! I have TONS of buckets I have gathered during my party planning obsession!! I am sure I could part with just one?!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Great tutorial! Thanks so much! It turned out really cute! Jeanette

  4. Love it. I must actually try this one (yeah for no-sew). Thanks!!

  5. That bucket rocks thanks for the tutorial!

  6. I have totally been wondering how to do this because I have one of those galvanized buckets that would be perfect to put fabric over...only problem? No idea how! Problem solved!! Thanks!

  7. This is so cute. Love these ideas.

  8. I just ran into your blog...LOVE IT! I adore this bucket project. Can't wait to read more!

  9. sickening cute! gimme that! love, love!!!!!

  10. Love, love, love it! Thanks for the weekend project!


  11. Brilliant! I love stuff like this (as you know, if you read my blog). I am also a huge lover of spray paint, so I'm glad to have that tip on the brand (though we don't have a lowes here ...)

    p.s. I'm having a SewSara giveaway on my blog!

  12. What a great idea!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. i love to make these julie and you just made the process so much easier. a pattern? what a great idea! DUH.
    mine always look messy.
    your a genius.
    i can't wait for the photo shoot!

  14. Oh my gosh, love it!! I made a toile covered one with scrapbook paper for a swap I did in the Fall. It turned out so cute!!

  15. That's mighty darling!
    I did this years ago for a taller more slender bucket that I use as a trashcan in my bathroom, cute stuff.
    I also covered a canvas yesterday with some wallpaper, just for some pizazz on a blah wall. I posted about it, if you'd like to check out my result.
    I love the colors of your can...

  16. Sooo cute!

    Man, you weren't kidding when you said you bought yards and yards of that fabric!!! lol

  17. That is soo funny. I went to your blog site to ask you how you store all of your fabric. I'm swimming in it and have a room designated for crafts, but everything is just everywhere and I can't find anything!!!

    Love the bucket idea! We use lots of galvanized containers and hand tags identifying the insides!!!

    Any ideas on fabric storage would be appreciated!

    U da BEST!

    Ps. I would love two green dressed size 4T w/H on it and 5T w/D on it and something for infant w/S on it that would match. Let me know cost and shipping to san diego. xo

    Heather Rawlings

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  21. love it! I just might make my easter baskets now!!! such a great friday project. :)

  22. Shut the door girl! I am pretty sure there's not one thing you've done thats not cute! So, so cute! Love it.

  23. Fabulous idea! Much easier than the easter basket I was planning to make. Thanks!

  24. Love the bucket!
    I have a question about your shirts that you applique - is that what you do, with the ironing and everything, or do you just sew on the fabric?

    I love everything you post!

  25. thanks so much...what a great project!!! xo

  26. I am loving that fabric! You have found so many uses it! I want!! So that project will have to wait...because our grass is not green at the moment like in your is COVERED with many inches of snow! We are practically snowed in here! Wishing I could go out and spray paint!! Oh...and you need to come ski with me!

  27. That is so creative! I love it!!!

  28. What a great idea! I actually just bought a cute little bucket at a garage sale TODAY!! I read your blog and had the project done in less than 30 minutes. I decided to use Mod Podge since I didn't want to get outside in the blizzard to use spray adhesive. It might even be better because it's now somewhat sealed. I think it'd be really cute to add a monogram to the front too!
    thanks again for all the creative inspirations.
    (friend of Cora's family)

  29. I love it! Can't get enough of that beautiful fabric and all the fun uses you're finding for it :)

  30. yay! i've been wanting to do this for so long now. but is that it? it seems too easy. did you protect it with anything after, like mod podge or varnish?

  31. Hi there! I just received my beautiful messy butterly pin and I love it!! Thank you for doing this for such a wonderful family, in memory of such a wonderful girl. Cora's photo is on my fridge. Thank you for including that. Amazing how God has brought so many together, and how He has done so much through you! :)

  32. What a fantastic idea! I love it!

    Thanks :)