Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bike Buckets!

Bike Buckets!

When the old year was turning to new, I dreamed a little dream of lovely things I'd make in 2011, including these bike buckets.  They came to be with Echino scraps I'd won in a giveaway (thanks Faith!), following Anna of Noodlehead's cute little tutorial.  My kiddos ride bikes quite a bit, so I'm thinking these will be a fun surprise in their Easter baskets!

It's great that following a tutorial or pattern forces me to try new things.  In this case, I worked with heavy weight interfacing for the first time and with stitching curves.  Since I know I'm not the only one who's a curve virgin, let me show you some pattern pieces:

Curvey Stitches

Sewing these two pieces together was totally cool.  Two totally flat pieces stitched together create a bucket shape all by themselves thanks to that snazzy curve in the front. Amazing!  If you've done this kind of thing before, you're probably thinking, "um, duh." But, for my wee little brain, this was totally astounding. I do not think in 3-D and have a hard time picturing how things will come together. But thanks to this learning experience, I think I know how I'm going to design and assemble a 5-sided sewing machine cover for my mother-in-law.  Crossing fingers still on that one!

Bike Buckets + First Curves

Working with scraps meant I had to use all sorts of different fabrics together to pull these off, which was pretty fun.  But, I'll admit there were not-so-fun moments too.  The outer bucket and inner bucket are made separately.  Then you sandwich the heavy weight interfacing in between and fuse the fabrics in place.  Only how do you fuse the interfacing without a tiny ironing board (which Anna has) or one of those teeny tiny irons (which I thought I'd never need!)?  Hmm....  Luckily I remembered that my mom had picked up a pressing ham from a thrift store awhile back.  I had been thinking of getting rid of it!  I just hate keeping things that aren't being used.  But that silly "ham" fit in the bike buckets like it was made for the job.  I guess I'll have to keep it.

(shhh!  they're for Easter)


So there we are!  Bike Buckets - check.  Now what else was on that list....

21 comments:

  1. These are great! I always wish that I was one of those crafters that doesnt realize how difficult things are and just plunges right in and does them. I'd have many more things done!

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  2. I love these! They are awesome with the echino. I must go check out Anna's tutorial (how does she come up with all of this great stuff?).

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  3. weeeee! these look totally awesome! I'm so glad you gave it a try. :) And I don't have a small ironing board, but I think my iron is pretty small. Plus I'm such a risk taker, I used my hand as a pressing ham! hahaha

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  4. Very cool..... love working with scraps to make stuff.... makes one think outside the box!

    Thanks for sharing...

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  5. It took me right to the last picture to work out why you were calling them 'bike buckets' when only one had a bike on! Duh! They are great!

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  6. You did well! They are super cute, and it sounds like your kiddos will be thrilled with them.

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  7. So cute! I need a bike so I can get a bike bucket!

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  8. Well done! I love the color scheme and scrappy finish.

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  9. Absolutely darling! I love the fabrics. They'll be so cheery on the front of the bikes, and think of all the wonderful things they'll find to carry. :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  10. Very cute! I want one for my own bike. :)

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  11. Thanks, Anna, it was a fun project! I thought your ironing board must be smaller than mine since you have a picture of your ironing board end going into one of the bike buckets. I thought I had a small ironing board, but there's no way mine could fit its tip inside the bike bucket! But, all's well that ends well. I'm very happy with them!

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  12. Really sweet, and I'd put one on my bike too!

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  13. Cool! I never thought of those for kids. I have a mesh wire basket on my bike. A couple years ago I made a bucket-like liner for my basket. ; ) Gets LOTS of comments. Big flowers all over it. hehehe

    ~Monika

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  14. So cute! Ill have to try these!

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  15. absolutely adorable. i love the fabrics.

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  16. Adorable! I think I have to make one for me for my Little Red Riding Hood bike ride!

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  17. Just think of all the treasures these buckets will carry! Love them!

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  18. Those are very cool. Playful and easy to wash - awesome.

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  19. Hi Rachel! These are amazing-- I just came across this tutorial over at noodlehead and was thinking about how cute and practical these are, and then I saw your post! I really love your fabric choices-- especially the blue fabric with the bicycle!

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