Rope Bucket Bag

Perfect for the beach or a day by the pool, this slim bucket bag is fun to carry as it is to make on your own.

Rope Bucket Bag

What you need

PDF pattern

Main fabric (we recommend upholstery weight)

Lining fabric

Heavy weight interfacing

8 sets of tent grommets in 1/2" size

Thick rope, or cotton twine

Multipurpose adhesive such as UHU



Instructions

Tent grommets can be found in hardware stores, and are usually sold with the tools and instructions to affix them. For the rope handle, you can either use thick rope, or use our tutorial to make your own handles out of cotton twine.

tent-grommets

ropes-for-bag

Cut the main fabric, lining fabric and interfacing according to the Rope Bucket Bag Pattern.

2 x body pieces each

1 x base piece each

Iron on the interface pieces to all the lining pieces.

iron-on-interface

For the body pieces, place the main fabric piece to the interfaced lining piece with the right sides facing.

main-fabric-piece

Stitch the pieces together at the top, 5mm away from the edge.

Repeat with the other main fabric and lining body piece.

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Now place both pieces right sides facing like the above picture.

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Sew down both sides, 5mm from the edges. You will have a tube.

turn-tube-inside-out

Turn the tube inside out, and fold the lining fabric into the main fabric. Let some of the lining fabric peek out from the top of the bag’s opening.

top-stitch

Top stitch the bag opening.

how-it-looks

This is what your bag’s opening will look like.

lay-pattern-piece

Lay the pattern piece on top of the bag to mark the points for the grommets– 4 on the front, and 4 on the back.

cut-hole

Carefully cut out a hole large enough for the grommet to fit in.

Tip: Cut a hole that’s smaller than the grommet, and carefully snip around the edges as you push the grommet through. This is to avoid the chances of cutting a hole that’s way too big.

hammer-grommets

Follow the package instructions to hammer the grommets in.

8-grommets

Once done, you will have installed 8 grommets onto the bag.

Machine baste the main fabric and lining of the bottom of the bag, as close to the edge as possible.

place-pieces-together

Place the base pieces together wrong sides facing. Machine baste all around as close to the edge as possible

pin-the-base

Turn the bag inside out, and pin the base to the edges of the bag’s bottom.

stitch-all-around-the-bag

Stitch all around.

inside-out

Turn the bag inside out again.

cotton-twine

To make the bag handles, tie 3 strands of cotton twine (measuring 44” each) together. Dab some adhesive onto 2 strands, and use the other strand to wrap around them.

making-handle

Keep dabbing and wrapping until you reach the end, and knot the ends.

Fold in the sides of the opening so that the grommets are lined up with each other like the picture above.

string-rope

string-rope-2

String one end of the rope handle through 3 grommets.

other-side-handle

Take the other end of the rope handle and string it through the 4 grommets on the other side of the bag.

finishing0up

Bring that same end to the last grommet and string it through.

make-knots

Knot both ends of the rope handle, and trim away excess.

finished-bag

And you’re done! :)

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