How to make a tool bucket

Tomorrow is my little “oldest” boy’s birthday. I can’t believe that he is turning 5 already. YIKES the time has flown. Because I love sewing and because one of his love languages is receiving gifts “to learn more about the “Five Love languages of Children”   Click the link.” So I wanted to do something unique and right up his alley. He has been into building things lately. He is always finding a hammer and nails and finding scraps of wood that he can build something with.

My little boy’s first project. He built all by himself.
Click HERE to learn more about this little project of his.

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So I decided that maybe it was time for him to start his own tool collection. I took a trip to our local department store and bought a few small tools for only about a dollar a piece. I also took a trip to our local hardware store to get a small hammer. I than grabbed an ice cream pail that had been floating around our house for a couple weeks that the kids just put toys in.

So this is how I did it.

To make your very own tool bucket you will need the following supplies

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread that corresponds with the fabric
  • Elastic
  • Ice cream pail or bucket
  • about 1 yard of fabric
  • Tissue paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen or pencil

Now lets get started.  Grab your tissue paper “I buy 25 sheets at the $1 store”. Lay it flat on the table and place the bucket on top of the tissue paper. Take a pen and draw around the bottom of your bucket about 1/2 to 3/4 inch from the bucket. You want enough space for seam allowance.


Next you will need to take 3 measurements. For the pattern around the bucket I divided the measurements in half.

  • bottom of the bucket all the way around.
  • The top of your bucket all the way around.
  • The height of your bucket from top to bottom.

Once you have those measurements mark them on your tissue paper and cut your tissue paper pattern out. Make sure to leave room for seam allowance. Once you have cut it out place it on your fabric.


You will then need to cut your fabric pattern out. You will need 6 of those pieces above and only one of the circles for the bottom of your bucket. 2 of the 6 pieces are for your pockets. you can cut these out a little larger so there is extra room to stuff tools in if you want.

6 pieces of fabric are for the following.

  • 2 for the pockets.
  • 2 for the outside of the bucket that pockets are sewn onto.
  • 2 for the inside of the bucket.

Next take two of your pieces and fold the top 1/3 the way down and sew. to make your pockets.


I did two seams because I thought it gave it more of a finishing touch. also don’t forget  to zig zag your edges to decrease any fraying that may happen. Now at the bottom of your pocket you will want to sew a very loose seam on the bottom of your pocket so it gathers a little bit. “Only do the loose seam at the bottom if you chose to make your pockets larger than the other pieces of fabric” Grab 2 more pieces and sew the “pocket” that you just made and sew the edge where the seam is gathered on the pocket and another piece of your 6 pieces and sew the very bottom together.


With my tool bucket I didn’t do the extra pocket room if you were wondering. 🙂 now turn your project so the seam is inside giving it a nice finished bottom seam. Now grab your elastic and measure the elastic from one end to the other and cut. Next pin the edges of the elastic to each side. I used pins to show where I needed to sew for my pockets.


Once you have figured out where you are going to sew to separate your pockets. go ahead and sew. Make sure to sew several times over the elastic.


Once you are done with both sides of the bucket. “You can do elastic on both sides or just one side. I chose to do only one side”. Sew the sides together. Now I didn’t sew the sides all the way up.


I zig zagged the top of the tool bucket and left it open to make room for the handle of the bucket to go through. Most handles will come right off.


Now you will want to grab your very last pieces and sew them together. Now sew them to your circle piece.


Now this is the tricky part. you will need to sew the outside of the tool bucket to the inside part of the bucket.

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Once you have accomplished that take a deep breath we just about done. Grab your bucket and take the handle off. and place your tool bucket cover over your bucket. Put your handle on and you are done…

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Oh wait don’t forget the tools.


Now your tool bucket is all done and ready to give to someone or use yourself. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

What are your thoughts on this project? We love to hear about it. leave a comment below.


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