Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lunch Bucket... pattern by LiEr

It's time, folks! Now I get to show you what I've been working on! As I've mentioned, my latest sewing project was to test a pattern that a friend has written. The pattern is now available for sale, and here is my version of what it makes. 

It's a Lunch Bucket! Or, if you're not into carrying your lunch around, you can use it for craft supplies, knitting, kids' toys, or whatever you can think of to put in it.

The handle tips down for easy access to the contents:

It has a nice fabric cover with a drawstring to hold it closed, to protect its contents:

The handle is removable:

The cover can be tucked down inside:

Or folded over the outside:

The inside is laminated, for easy wiping out:

It is 7 inches in diameter, and 7½ inches high (with handle, 13" high). Here's my favorite little model for some size perspective:

The author of the pattern is LiEr, who also made the pattern for my chickens. And I used one of her tutorials in making my mittens reversible. LiEr is one of the most creative persons I know, and you really should check out her blog, ikatbag, to see what she makes. Prepare to be amazed!

If you're interested in making a Lunch Bucket yourself, there's a link to the pattern in this post, and it can also be found with all of her other patterns on the left sidebar of her blog. If you want a Bucket but don't sew, she made 16 (yes, that's sixteen!) of them in the process of testing the pattern herself, and she listed 12 of them for sale in her Etsy shop. They've been selling like hotcakes, so if you want one, you'd better grab it up fast, because as of this writing, there were only 3 left! And I assure you, her sewing is impeccable!

If you do decide you'd like to buy the pattern and make one yourself, I can tell you that the pattern is very well-written, and every detail is covered, making it a pretty easy project for anyone who's had much sewing experience. For a beginner, there might be some new challenges and things to learn, but LiEr gives you good techniques for doing them.

I love the Bucket, and I want to make another one! Just for fun... not sure yet what I'll put in it, but I just think the Buckets are so cute, and there are so many possible fabric combinations (the hardest part of the whole project for me was deciding which fabrics I wanted to use where!). The fabrics for this one are from Jessica Jones's Amusement Park collection.

And I am still a bag lady!

Linking up to amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday:


LiEr said...

Thank you for being my pattern tester! And for putting in that photo with your model, for the size-reference. Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?

Grandma G said...

You are ever so welcome! I felt privileged that you asked me! Yep, you have three beautiful models yourself to choose from. Next time, huh? :)

annie dee said...

Bucket, chickens, mittens - all wonderful! Thank you! Especially for this detailed link-filled post!

Anonymous said...

I never comment on your sewing projects (don't feel bad Cindy's neither) but I must admit the lunch bucket caught my eye and is very impressive. Actually it was the cute model that pulled it all together.

Heidi Staples said...

What a darling little project!

Leslie said...

this is so great. i love it. so clever.

JHNickodemus said...

Super Cute! I ought to make one of those for knitting! The drawstring is the perfect feature for keeping skeins of yarn from jumping out of my bag!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

That is so cute. What a great idea for little girls and little boys... maybe some older ones, too. Like us! hehe

Live a Colorful Life said...

Love love LOVE this bucket! Wow, LiEr sure chose the perfect pattern tester because YOUR sewing is impeccable as well! Your fabric choices are amazing. Super cute.

However, as we both know, I am NOT a bag lady. Want to make one for me?

Grandma G said...

Thank you, everyone! Most of the credit goes to LiEr, for the terrific pattern. I only chose the fabrics and followed the directions. :)

Yeah, Mark... that model makes 'everything' look good, doesn't she? ;)

Susan said...

This is such a great odea! Well thought out :)