Halloween Bucket with Cork Bottom

I saw these adorable Halloween (but good for anything really) Buckets and just knew I had to incorporate Cork into them. Anything with cork and I am all in. What a bucket needs most is a study bottom and cork is the perfect to fit that bill! Oh, and it looks ah-mazing too!

I cannot give you all the ins and outs of this pattern – as it is not mine. However Heidi and Finn gave me permission to tell you all about it!!

Get the pattern and instructions at their blog – Heidi and Finn

Truly, I followed her pattern, I just used Cork on the very bottom and bottom side and made my own handles.

The cork does make for a little fussier sewing – it gets bulky. So, my biggest tip to you here – follow the pattern instructions – even the fussy parts and use pins in your cork.

Everyone out there says don’t use pins. Well, I did with this project and it turned out fine – you cannot see the holes at all.

Before I even started working with the cork, I decided I wanted my handles to be softer and made with the coordinating fabrics. I knew I wanted batting in them and to be about 1 or so wide.

For a 1″ wide handle, you need 4″ of fabric. Since the pattern was open for handles, I simply used her suggestions for 15″ and 17″ long. If you have never made fabric handles – they are super simple.

Fold the 4″ x 17″ handle in half the long way – so it will be 2″ x 17″. Iron.
Use the iron line to guide you in folding each long side toward the center.

Iron each side in place.

I like to add batting to make the handles softer, so use a batting 1″ x 17″ and place it in one of the flaps and iron again. Fold the handle in half again and iron again. You now have your 1″ x 17″ handle.

Sew 1/8″ up each side to secure in place. Set your handle(s) to the side for now.

Now to the cork! First, I cut the bottom circle. Trace it on the back of the cork to make it easier for cutting. The great thing about cork is you do not need interfacing – so skip that cut. You will need the lining though.

For the sides, I decided to have the cork extend up about 3 inches, I cut the strip of cork 3.5′ tall and the length required in the pattern. I then cut the fabric a little shorter (I hardly ever measure perfectly, I cut down to the right size). Be sure to use interfacing on this piece of fabric. The cork does not need it.

Sew the fabric (with interfacing) and cork together with a 1.4″ seam and 3.0 stitch length. Once sewn together, Go back over the seam with a top-stitch to sew that cork seam down. Let the cork lie flat, the fabric folds much better and this reduces bulk on the side of the bucket.

Cut the finished fabric and cork piece down the size required by the pattern.

From there, I simply followed the pattern in making the lining and attaching the bottom circle to the sides.

It is very fussy to the sides to the bottom, so PIN – yes, pin the cork. Pin it like there is no tomorrow. LOL

There is some bulk to this, so go slow like the instructions say and keep adjusting as you go. The cork tends to want to slip, but trust your cuts and keep the edges lined up.

I know I am making this bucket seem very difficult, it isn’t really – just know if it gets fussy, it will come together beautifully. My first one, with the orange cork and black webs is a little wonky on the bottom, but the natural cork with purple sugar skulls is much better after I got a feel for how it sews together.

If cork intimidates you too much – try it with fabric first! These buckets are just adorable no matter what you use on them!

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