DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

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Learn how to make a DIY Christmas fabric bucket with a free sewing pattern. Set out as a decoration or personalize them to fill with gifts.

Use a free sewing pattern to make Christmas fabric buckets! If you personalized them you could have one for each kid or each grandkid that you can use over and over again. It’s a great way to organize gifts by name.

You can also choose beautiful Christmas fabric to make a fabric bucket for decorating. It looks so cute sitting next to fabric decorations.

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

What fabric should I use for a fabric bucket?

The best fabric to use is either quilting cotton or canvas. These fabrics are easy to clean, easy to sew, and they are easy to find. It’ll be easier to find quilting cotton in Christmas and winter prints though. Canvas is sturdier and more durable, but either fabric will work well.

How do I make my fabric bucket sturdy and strong?

It’s very important to add medium weight or heavy weight interfacing to the lining fabric, and to add fusible fleece to the outer fabric. Combining both of these with give the bucket strong sides that stand up, and it’ll hold up to heavy use. The bucket is still made of fabric and can be flattened or squished, but it’ll bounce back to it’s shape.

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

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DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket


  • 1/2 yard of outer fabric
  • 1/2 yard of coordinating lining fabric
  • 1 yard of medium weight to heavy weight fusible interfacing
  • 1 yard of fusible fleece
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Free DIY fabric bucket sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post behind the locked content box

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $3. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket supplies

Cut out all the pattern pieces.

From fabric you will need: 2 side pieces (outer fabric and inner fabric), 2 bottom pieces (outer fabric and inner fabric), and 1 strap piece.

From interfacing you will need: 1 side piece and 1 bottom piece.

From the fusible fleece you will need: 1 side piece, 1 strap piece, and 1 bottom piece.

Apply the fusible fleece or interfacing to all the fabric pieces.

Christmas Fabric Bucket fabric pieces

Fold the strap in half lengthwise matching up the long edges. Press. Fold the long edges in to meet the fold in the middle. Press.

Fold all three folds so that the long raw edges are enclosed and press.

Keep the strap folded in place and stitch along each long edge 1/8 inch from the edge. Give the strap a final press.

make the strap

Fold the side pieces in half matching up the short ends with right sides together. Sew the seam with a straight stitch and backstitch when you start and when you stop.

Do the same to the inner side piece. Press the seam allowances open.

sew the side seams together and sew open

Stitch the seam allowances open on both the inner side piece and the outer side piece.

Divide the outer edge of the bottom piece into 4 sections. Divide the bottom edge of the side piece into 4 sections. Match up the side sections with the bottom sections and pin right sides together. Pin in between the sections to line everything up.

Do the same to the lining.

Sew around the seam. Since you are sewing a straight edge to a curved edge, you’ll need to sew slowly and carefully. Adjust a lot to prevent any tucks.

Do the same to the lining.

sew bottoms onto sides

Pin the ends of the strap to the top edge of the outer fabric bucket. The short raw ends should line up with the top raw edge. Baste in place 1/4 inch from the edge.

baste the straps in place

Place the bucket lining inside the outer bucket and match up the top edges with right sides together. The strap will kind of get in the way so you’ll need to tuck the lining around the strap.

Sew around the top edge and leave a 6 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

place buckets together and sew top together

Turn the bucket right side out through the hole. Push the lining down inside the fabric bucket.

turn right side out

Press the top edge of the bucket so that only the outer fabric shows at the top, and you get a nice crisp edge.

push lining inside

Edgestitch around the top of the bucket 1/8 inch from the top edge. This will close the hole and keep the lining down inside.

edgestitch top of bucket

Optional: Add another row of stitching 1 inch from the top edge.

sew around top edge

Get the Free Sewing Pattern Below!

Get the Free Fabric Bucket Sewing Pattern

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Christmas Fabric Bucket

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Very, very beautiful. Thank you

I have thought this would be great to use instead of a santa sack using foam to stabilize, especially for younger children. Large enough to hold several items and can be used for the rest of the day to keep them together. Maybe 12 inch height?then put away for next year. New to your site, thank you