Nesting Buckets

Because, like any self-respecting crafter, I have an obsession with bags, buckets, and basically anything that you can use to carry something in.  Be it yarn, fabric, library books, or even as is often the case, other bags.  Total obsession.  And thankfully (for all my poor friends and family who fell victim to it and received one too many), my tote bag obsession has waned and made way for my new nesting bucket obsession.  It sure feels good to be moving on.  Even if it is just to another project that simply holds things.  In what is basically a glorified tote bag.  Just a smidgen wider.  But I’m cool with it.  Because this was the result.

I took a little leftover fabric from the hub’s birthday apron (that he has yet to wear except for the one time upon receiving it for the prerequisite “smile honey!” photo session) with a few inches of cotton webbing (from the same apron) and whipped up one of Maya*Made’s Nesting Buckets.

The only thing I would have done differently would be to add a little interfacing to give the bucket a bit more structure. As it stands now (not that it actually stands up on its own – lack of interfacing and all), its more of a slouchy bucket.  Sort of like one of the many slouchy hats that I’ve knit and insist on wearing even though the hubs constantly refers to me as Adrian from Rocky every time I wear it.  But thats an entire blog post onto itself.

(even as I type this, upon seeing this photo, the hubs comments over my shoulder, “thats my girl!”  and he’s referring to me.  not talia.  nice.)

The patternMaya*Made’s Nesting Bucket Pattern

The fabric:  Kokka Canvas Ticking in Grey plus a few inches of Cotton Webbing, also in Grey.

The modifications:  As I mentioned, next time I would add some interfacing to the interior to help it stand up on its own.  This is not a pattern flaw.  It is a fabric choice flaw.  The pattern calls for burlap which I’m sure has a fabulous stand-on-its-own-without-the-need-for-any-interfacing quality.  But clearly the cotton ticking I opted for does not posses that same quality.  That said, while I do love burlap (and who doesn’t), I’m thinking that simply adding a bit of interfacing on future nesting buckets will keep my fabric options open (and might help me use up a ton of scraps I have in my stash that would look delightful as a few maya made buckets.)

Full disclosure:  See how the quilt stuffed into this bucket for my photos keeps it standing up nice and straight?  See how I don’t have any pictures of it without the quilt inside helping it to stand straight?  Nuff said.

Also, I did lengthen the handles a tad – just by an inch on each.  Because I wanted to be able to throw this bucket on my wrist and walk around with it.  And here I thought I’d moved beyond my tote bag obsession – apparently this nesting bucket is merely a substitution for yet another tote bag.

The verdict:  I’m not sure whether its because I loved this pattern that much or simply because I tend to get a bit compulsive about obsessively sewing the same pattern over and over, but I have a feeling I’ll be making plenty more nesting buckets in the near future.  This one is currently housing my latest on-the-needles-sweater-awaiting-sleeves-but-its-such-a-big-project-i-can’t-fit-it-into-any-of-my-current-project-bags.  And like any good lazy knitter, I’ve got many unfinished projects that are eagerly awaiting maya buckets to hide in.  Because if you’re keeping it in a fancy-pants bucket of some sorts, you feel a lot less guilty staring at all the unfinished projects.  Because the buckets holding them are just so darn fabu.  Almost makes up for all the unfinished projects laying around the house.  Almost.

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