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DIY: Bucket Bag / Bullet Bag


 DIY time!

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Sewing machine
Waxed cotton cord
Colorful string
Round plastic lids
Straight Pins


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Start off by measuring how big you want the base of your bag to be. I had some various lids in different sizes lying around so I used one of those



Once you have it cut out measure down the middle of your circle. Mine was 8.5”. Take whatever your number is and multiply it by 3.14. That is the length you want to cut the fabric for the body of your bag.


Sew the length of fabric for your bag up the side as well as along the top to create a finished edge. Along the top create several slits ½ an inch long , 1-2 inches apart. Sew along each side of the slit to keep the fabric from fraying. This step is optional only if you have fabric that may fray or pull apart. (For example jean or leather you wouldn’t need to sew. )

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Pin the two pieces together ( right sides facing)  leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Sew them together. Turn it right side out.


With your extra fabric create a shoulder strap and a closing tie. Fold the fabric over three times to your desired width for each and iron it to create crisp edges. Sew it up to keep it secure. ( I Sewed mine before i cut it away from the bigger piece of fabric to make handling easier.)

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For your closing tie you can create tassels. Begin wrapping the colorful string around two of your fingers until you have the desired thickness of your tassel. Slip it off and slid a pen in one end. Wrap the thread tightly around the bundle directly beneath the pen. Cut the opposite end of your loop. Use one piece of string to tie off the wrap.

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Slid some string through the top loop of your tassel and tie it off. Sew it to the ends of your closing tie once you have threaded it through your bag.

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To disguise the difference between the two take your waxed leather cord and place one end against the tie a good ways up. Lay some E6000 down so that your cord will adhere and not move. Begin wrapping the wax cord up the length. Glue the end down. Clip in place with a paper clip or any small clip you have until it dries.


Sew your shoulder strap on to the inside of your bag and you’re done!


Here is another version I made.


I made the jean bucket bag following the same instructions as above. Go HERE for instructions on cutting the sheet metal and drilling the holes.

Additional Materials:

Sheet Metal
Short Screws
Power Drill
Glass Decorative Gems


Once you have cut your sheet metal to the desired height and width (Based on the measurements for your bucket bag)
Drill two holes at each end of the sheet metal. Secure them together with your screws.

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Using the E6000 glue the bucket bag to the inside of the sheet metal. (Clip in place until it dries.)


Glue your stones in the desired pattern using the E6000. It helps if you first place glue on the sheet metal and glue on the stone. Allow both to dry separately for 30 seconds before pacing the stone. This makes the glue tacky and will prevent the stones from sliding off. You can also use some clear tape to secure each stone until it is 100% dry.

& That’s, That!

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