Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Mini Patchwork Buckets (& Giveaway!)
For a while I've been wanting to try making some patchwork buckets, and then I thought, why not make tiny ones? When a glorious stack of Retro 30's Child Smile by Lecien landed in my mailbox (courtesy of the lovely people at Fat Quarter Shop who asked if they could sponsor a few of my blog posts), I could resist no longer.
These sweet little buckets -- what can I say? I love them. Scrappy patchwork, retro prints, linen lining, leather handles...it's all my favorite things rolled into one project. The two sizes are 2" and 4" tall, both wrapped around a 3 1/2" diameter circle. They're the perfect size for holding sewing tools, thread spools, binding clips, colored pencils, makeup brushes, clothespins, lollipops, [insert the name of your favorite small item here].
There's no doubt that the adorable prints are the star of the show. You know I love anything with a vintage spin to it, and these are darling. But can we talk about the supporting cast for a minute? When you're looking for a neutral to pair with colorful patchwork, linen is always a good idea. I used Soft Sand Linen Blend from the Art Gallery Fabrics Denim Studio collection, which is fabulous (as is the rest of that collection, by the way). And I'm constantly amazed at how adding the tiniest leather accents to any project immediately takes it up to the next level. I cut these 1/2" wide handles from a piece of leather I ordered on Amazon. You could easily substitute twill tape or double fold bias tape, but I love the way these look.
My friends at Fat Quarter Shop want to share some fabric with you too (aren't they sweet!), so they're letting me give away a package of Retro 30's Child Smile to one reader. You even get to choose between origami squares (10" squares) or a sushi roll (2 1/2" wide strips). Leave me a comment below letting me know which you'd rather have, and I'll choose a winner on Friday morning. International entries are welcome. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment if you're a no-reply blogger so that I can get in touch with you!
Happy week to you, friends!
**NOTE: This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations, Karen!**