Greetings friends and happy April Fools Day, watch out for tricksters! Today I’m sharing another print from the collection I created for spring, this is a bold brushstrokes print called Wild & Free! There are three vibrant colorways and I had a lot of fun designing this one too. I even made a dress out of the navy and pink version I loved it so much!
This pattern is an expression of purposeful imperfection – the lovely thing I’ve discovered on this fabric design journey is I can create a repeat with imperfect details (like these brushstrokes) yet within it there is symmetry and rhythm so the imperfection continues on and on through the yardage and as it flows throughout it becomes something truly beautiful in itself and I just love that.
Remember that campaign desk I painted Kelly green years ago? I’ve still got it and won’t ever part with it, the desk is one of my favorite thrift store finds! It’s getting moved to my son’s room which will be the perfect next space for its history in our home.
I made these charming little storage buckets with one yard of the Wild & Free fabric in the Leaf colorway in heavy cotton twill. It’s best to use a heavier weight fabric like twill, canvas, or denim for this project.
To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 1 yard of heavy cotton twill, denim, or canvas fabric in 58” width, 1 cheap flexible plastic binder, 8 ½” salad plate (for measurement), Sharpie pen, thread, scissors, flexible measuring tape, sewing machine.
Step One: Use a Sharpie to outline a salad plate on both sides of your cheap plastic binder then cut out the plastic circle. (I used plastic instead of cardboard so that the bins are washable.) Yes you’re sacrificing a perfectly good binder for a greater cause!
Here’s the diagram of the cuts of fabric on a 58” wide piece of twill, denim, or canvas fabric to make two buckets. Use the plastic cut out to guide cutting out the fabric circles allowing for ½” fabric beyond edge of circle for sewing.
Step Two: Sew the A and B circles together with the fabric pattern inside out, leaving a few inches open on one edge.
Step Three: Flip the fabric over to reveal the pattern, insert the plastic circle then sew the remaining few inches closed, tucking the raw edges of the fabric inside as you do. Be careful not to sew over the plastic with your needle! (I rolled the plastic over on the inside to avoid that situation.)
Using the flexible measuring tape helps you determine circumference of the completed fabric covered plastic base, in my case it worked out to be 28 ½” inches around, roughly the same as the length of the long piece that forms the sides of the bucket.
Step Four: Fold over your 29” piece of fabric inside out to form a rectangle that measures 29 x 13” and sew the D sides and only one of the E sides together. Leave the remaining E side open then flip it right side out so the fabric pattern is facing you, it looks like a long pillow cover.
Pressing the rectangle and especially the edges of the long E side with an iron helps in the next step when you attach the base of the bucket.
Step Five: This is the part where you need to go slow since you’re attaching a round piece of fabric to a square one. Sew the bottom C circle of fabric to the long piece that forms the sides and pause about ½” as you go around to rotate the fabric. (I ended up with a little extra of the circle fabric toward the back so I made mini pleats in the circle fabric in the last two inches so that the sides of the bucket fabric met up uniformly in the back.)
Step Six: Once the circle is fully attached to the bottom of the long piece, sew up the back side of the long rectangle to form the back of the bucket with the tightest seam possible.
Insert your fabric covered plastic base into the bottom, roll over the tops and there you have it, free standing fabric buckets for storing just about anything.
Perfect for kid collections of critters or anything else you can imagine.
The Wild & Free pattern makes a fabulous accent pillow too!
The print featured today is available in my Kate Riley Spoonflower shop. Tomorrow I’ll share the Lookbook which includes many more unseen patterns and prints in the Spring collection! …