boy friday: fabric toy bucket tutorial

fabric toy bucket tutorial - see kate sewMy little 2-going-on-3 year old is obsessed with trucks! OBSESSED. If you follow, you might know that. It’s the cutest little obsession which I am happy to feed. His favorite trucks are the little metal Matchbox cars.

I thought of this idea when I saw him trying to carry about 7 of his trucks at a time. He would put them all up against his chest and tried to hold on with his little hands, but they were always falling out. So I made him a little bucket, a truck bucket so he can carry them around. I showed him how he can put them all in the bucket and hold the handles and he caught on really quickly. His blue robot bag and all the trucks go everywhere with him now, it’s adorable!

toy buckets

I made two more, a yellow robot bag and a ballerina one, so now he has a set that he can use for different things. They are super easy to make and really fun to use! Fusible interfacing makes them stand up a little bit so it’s easier to load them up!

toy bucket tutorial

-30″ by 9″, cut 1 main, 1 lining and 2 interfacing
-circle 7.5″ diameter, cut 1 main, 1 lining and 2 interfacing
-handle pieces: 4″ by 14″
-1/2″ elastic – 16″

First fuse the interfacing to the back of each piece. Then sew the long rectangular piece together at the short edge, with right sides together. Press the seam open.

fabric toy bucket

Make four 3/4″ knife pleats around the bottom edge of the circle. Space them evenly across from each other and make the pleats in the same direction.robot fabric

Pin the circle piece to the cylinder with right sides together. Adjust your pleat sizes to get them to fit properly.fabricbuckettutorial4

Sew all the way around. Then turn your bucket right side out.fabricbuckettutorial5

It should look like this. Make another one with the bots

Then, stack the buckets into each other. One will be right side out and one will be inside out so the right sides face when stacked. Pin and sew around the top edge, leaving a 3″ opening.toy storage tutorial

Turn the bag right sides out and then push the lining into the main piece. Sew around the top edge at 3/4″ creating a casing. Feed your elastic through, sew the elastic together, then pin the opening closed. Topstitch it to make a toy bucket

Sew the handles by folding them over the long way into a tube. Turn and press. Then press over 1/2″ on each end. Pin to bag and sew on in a rectangle. The handle edges should be 4-5″ apart.toy bucket tutorialAttach the other handle and you’re done! This bag is technically reversible, so use something cute for the inside, too!

robot fabric

Fabrics used in this post:
funbots celebration
funbots retro
funbots spring
girlfriends ballerina bubblegum
all c/o Ann Kelle

toy bucket tutorial

What do you use to store toys? Even though I made three of these, there are still toys everywhere!



  1. says

    These are so fantastic! I’ve been meaning to make fabric bags for some toys, but drawstrings are tough to manage for little kids and open buckets seemed like they would just spill. The elastic is *brilliant*.

  2. says

    What a great idea! These look so much nicer than the plastic tubs! You could probably;y hang them up on hooks as well… I’m going to have to make some for my daughter’s room :) Thanks for the tutorial.

    Sophie xo

  3. Jackie says

    Very cool idea. Great job Kate. Those are really cute buckets.

  4. jet says

    awesome cool idea. thank you for the tute and the sharing. They will be handy for alot of other things around my household.LOL
    So i’m certain that i will make some. Have a fun weekend;-D

  5. Sarah says

    I’ve been thinking of making a zippered bag for our bazillon fisher price cars, but I like this with the handles so much better! I am in love with that robot fabric, too! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  6. says

    Love these, so practical and cute! I might have to make some! Thanks for the tutorial, Kate!

  7. says

    I need to make about 10 of these! How can a 2 year old have SO many toys!!!
    Great tutorial :)


  1. […] Kate from See Kate Sew shows how to make her Fabric Toy Buckets.  They’re round bucket bags with a drawstring at the top to close them up.  Interfacing between the outer layer and the lining gives the sides body so they stand up on their own.  Go to her blog for the how-to. […]