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DIY: Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover

The time has come that we have longed for all Winter…time to get outside and start gardening! One of the things that I often struggle with is having all my tools in one spot. I love to garden but I hate always hunting around for tools that I need, especially if I only have limited time to get some work done.

Years ago, Doug had a bucket cover with pockets for tools. Well that cover is long gone, so we decided to come up with a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover of our own.

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

I have to be honest, I’m a pattern loving seamstress. I typically always use a pattern for anything I sew. This time around though…no pattern! But with help from Doug, we figured it out and came up with some pretty easy directions for you.

This Garden Tool Bucket would make a great Mother’s Day gift, a special birthday gift for the gardener in your life or even for yourself.

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

We have lots to cover so let’s gather our supplies and get busy…

DIY Fabric Cover Garden Tool Bucket :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

We found everything we needed at Walmart, including the garden tools and fabric too!

Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover Supplies

  • Bucket – any size will work, we used a 5 gallon bucket found in the paint department
  • Fabric – a heavy weight outdoor fabric is best
  • 2 Carpenter’s Nail Aprons
  • 1 package double fold bias tape

Tools

  • Grommet Kit – not pictured
  • Sewing machine, pins and matching thread
  • Scissors, Ruler, writing pen and Sharpie marker

Gardening Supplies for Bucket – anything you like, we used…

  • Pocket Saw – found in the camping area
  • Garden Tools – trough, culti-hoe and short handled shovel
  • Garden gloves
  • Knee pad
  • Seeds

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 1 - Measuring

  • Measure your bucket and decided how much of the fabric you would like to have showing above and below the nail apron
  • We used 13 inches

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 2

  • Then fold the fabric over to create the outside and inside of the bucket cover

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 3

  • Cut along the edge

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 4

  • Measure around the bucket and add 1 inch for seam allowance

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 5

  • Sew on the double fold bias tape to the top and bottom

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 6

  • Sew together the 2 ends, creating a circle

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 7

  • Place the cover in the bucket to see where to place the nail apron

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 8

  • Cut off the ties on each end of the nail apron
  • Then create additional pockets by sewing a seam in the middle of the existing pockets

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Step 9

  • Then pin the apron onto the cover and sew across the top
  • Be sure to back stitch to secure the ends

How to attach a Grommet to Fabric :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Next you will need to make the hole for the handle using the Grommet Tool Kit, it’s not difficult at all.

  1. Mark where you need the hole to be with a Sharpie or other marker
  2. Place the piece of wood that comes in the kit under the fabric and use the tool to create the hole
  3. Here is the hole
  4. Place the grommet under the fabric
  5. Add the washer
  6. Then use the punch to secure them together

Note: the grommet in the photo above is actually on the wrong side of the fabric {oops}, all of the directions are the same, we just put it on the wrong side of the fabric. The photo below shows the correct one.

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Then replace the handle, through the hole.

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

Now I’m ready for some nice weather to get my hands dirty!

How to Make a Garden Tool Bucket Fabric Cover :: Full Instructions with photos on HoosierHomemade.com

How about you? Are you ready to start gardening?

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Comments

  1. Love this! Really cute idea for gardening! =)

  2. What a cute bucket! I love it!

  3. Jackie says:

    For those of us with brown thumbs, I would imagine this would work great for cleaning supplies, too.

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