Storage baskets and bins are great way to stay organized at home and make your space feel less cluttered. Unfortunately, craft and home décor stores generally carry a seasonal selection, which might not always match your tastes or color palette, and unless you hit a sale, bins and baskets can be a pricey solution to organizing. Instead of spending a small fortune or settling for an okay item you’re already not excited about using, create your own with this easy Fabric Storage Buckets tutorial from Film in the Fridge.
The great thing about fabric storage bins are they are simple to make, are fairly lightweight, and you can throw them in the wash if they get dirty. Bonus is you can find a variety of fabrics to coordinate with your space! These are a perfect solution for organizing your craft area or kid’s space.
The tutorial offers two sizes of buckets, small and large. The small size is perfect to store ribbon, fabric scraps, Legos, blocks, and toy cars. The large size offers storage solutions for storing yarn, stuffed animals, and even standing up wrapping paper in a closet. The small bin has a 6" base and is approximately 10" tall with an unfolded top, while the large bin has a 10" base and stands 16" high.
For small bucket:
- 2 pieces of fabric, 19 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (one outer, one lining)
- 2 pieces of fabric, cut into circles with a 6 1/2″ diameter (one outer, one lining)
- 1 piece of interfacing, 19″ x 10″
- 1 piece of interfacing, cut to a circle with a 6″ diameter
For large bucket:
- 2 pieces of fabric, 31 3/4″ x 17″ (one outer, one lining)
- 2 pieces of fabric, cut into circles with a 10 1/2″ diameter (one outer, one lining)
- 1 piece of interfacing, 31 1/4″ x 16 1/2″
- 1 piece of interfacing, cut to a circle with a 10″ diameter
A few notes from Film in the Fridge:
The small size has a finished base of 6″, with a height of about 10″ (with the top unfolded). If you use a contrasting fabric for the circular base, this is a great project to use up fat quarters!
The large size has a finished base of 10″, with a height of just over 16″, and can be made using a 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside, and 1/2 yard for the lining.
The links provided in the materials section above are PDFs for the circle template. Feel free to print this out and use it as a template for your circles, or use your own preferred method for drawing a circle with the appropriate diameter. (Please note that the template for the larger size will print on 4 pages and will have to be cut and taped together.)
I recommend a heavyweight fabric for the outside, which will give your bucket more structure – home décor, canvas, a cotton/linen blend would be appropriate. I like to use a quilting weight cotton for the lining.
The interfacing is optional, depending on how sturdy you want your bucket to be. For the small buckets shown in the photo above, I used a heavyweight canvas fabric for the outside, and felt it was heavy enough to forgo the interfacing. For the bucket shown in the tutorial photos, I used a heavier fusible interfacing to give the linen/cotton blend outer fabric a bit more structure.