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Brush Strokes Bucket Bag

Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style

My friend Holly just showed her first fabric collection, Brush Strokes (Cloud9 Fabrics), a few weeks ago at Spring Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was super excited to make a little project for her booth and this Bucket Bag (pattern from my book) was just the ticket. I was so excited to see how her booth came together, her watercolor paintings translated to such a beautiful fabric collection.

Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style

Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style

Because the main fabrics were quilting cotton I did line them all with cotton canvas. I still used SF101 on all the pieces as instructed, but then basted the canvas on after. I really like the feel of the bag with the canvas in between. I think this bag is definitely fun for someone wanting to try out a few new techniques. The grommets are so fun and easier to install than you might think.

Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style

I also used a scrap of leather for the closure, but instead of sewing the middle seam, I used a rivet which worked equally as well.

I did manage to make my way down to the park to get pictures before shipping it off to Holly. Of course getting pictures is a high priority! Keep an eye out for Holly’s fabric which should be arriving in shops very soon!

Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style


Pattern: Bucket Bag (pattern from Handmade Style)
Fabric: Brush Strokes by Holly Degroot and Cirrus Solid (Shadow) from Cloud9 Fabrics
Zippers: Zipit on etsy
Grommets: Dritz



Brush Strokes Bucket Bag - Noodlehead, pattern from Handmade Style

13 thoughts on “Brush Strokes Bucket Bag

  1. Carolyn Doran says:

    Could the straps be made for back pack use? Sister wants one made like this but where she can also wear it as a backpack for going to volleyball tournaments and etc.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Sure! That’d be a great modification. 🙂

      1. Carolyn Doran says:

        Thanks! Now off to buy your book! (Gives me a good excuse!!)

  2. Heather says:

    So cute!! I haven’t gotten to make one of those bags yet. I love the fabric too 🙂

  3. bobbingirl says:

    Love the bag and love the fabric, those colours are gorgeous

  4. Karen says:

    Such a great bag, Anna, and thanks for the intro to such a beautiful fabric collection! I’m always unsure about how to “prop up” quilting cotton in a bag. So, is this one: qc+SF+canvas+SF+qc with the canvas just free floating or basted/attached to both SF? Help, please 🙂

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Karen. 🙂 So to make the exterior pieces I fused SF101 to the quilting cotton and then basted cotton canvas to it. The lining was simply quilting cotton but you could add whatever interfacing you’d like to that as well.

      1. Nicki says:

        Thanks, Karen and Anna! I had the same question about how to integrate the canvas. I’ve been experimenting with it in my bags and pouches because I really have never liked the “feel” of fusible fleece or Thermalon in my bags.

  5. brianne says:

    gorgeous bag, Anna! it’s perfect.

  6. Rachel says:

    This bag is perfection! What a great way to showcase the fabric. I’m going to pull out my book and take a closer look at that pattern 🙂

  7. erin says:

    It’s beautiful! (I owe you an email. xo)

  8. Maggie says:

    That’s it! You are amazing. I am buying your book! LOVE the colors! LOVE the style. I am a FAN!

  9. Oh, I love this! Can’t wait for summer so I have time to sew 🙂

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