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Fabric Bucket Liner

Making basket liners is a breeze with this Fabric Bucket Liner tutorial from Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl.  With some colorful pants found at the thrift store, you can create a beautiful bucket liner, great for a housewarming gift or Mother's Day!

Fabric Bucket Liner


  • Pair of pants
  • Bucket
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine and basic supplies


  1. Start by turning the pants inside out.

    Fabric Bucket Liner
  2. Set the foot of the pants inside your bucket. And roll the waist outside the bucket. Move the pants up and down on the bucket until you have a snug fit.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  3. Mark the outside edge of the pants with a disappearing fabric marker or an old sliver of soap. Make sure you allow an extra inch to roll under when you sew it.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  4. Remove the pants from the pail, take a big breath and cut the pants.

     Fabric Bucket Liner
  5. Fold over the cut edge twice and sew it.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  6. Set the pant leg into the bucket again and roll the finished edge over the bucket until you are happy with how much cuff shows. Then use a pin to mark where the bottom of the bucket is.

    Fabric Bucket Liner
  7. Remove your pants liner and use some more pins to mark a straight line across the leg.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  8. Cut just below the pins on the leg. Remember to allow at least 1/2″ seam allowance.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  9. Turn the pants inside out (right sides together) and stitch the bottom closed.

    Fabric Bucket Liner

  10. Slip the liner back onto your bucket…

    Fabric Bucket Liner
  11. …and smooth out the bottom of the liner into your bucket.

    Fabric Bucket Liner
  12. That’s it. You are done. Now fill up your bucket with a few of your favorite things.

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What a clever idea! If you wanted to; you could take this one step further... You could put a draw string in the top. Plus rather than stich the bottom closed and put elastic in the hem. That way the lucky person who received the gift could use the inside to stash plastic grocery bags.


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