Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Bucket Tote’ by Joan Hawley

Lazies, Today’s project is by me, Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs. The ‘Bucket Tote’ is from my new book ‘Bold Bags’. This is the eighth of twelve daily features in our hop. Thank you for joining us so far. If you missed any of the hop last week, you can catch up on the previous features using the links at the end of this feature. 

Bucket Tote Lakehouse
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I love this bag! The size is great and the shape is modern with the right amount of funky. The construction of this tote is part of what makes this project such fun.

Bold Bags Leisure Arts coverThe Bucket Tote was designed to work with letter-sized sheets of mock croc from Leisure Arts. You can see the bag done in green and black mock croc on the cover of the book. Click the image of the book to enlarge.

When I saw the big single florals of the LakeHouse fabrics, I thought this bag would showcase the flowers nicely by doing all the hard work and allowing me to continue being Lazy. I love how the fabrics work together to create drama.

I quilted each flower panel together with a low-loft poly batting. I cut the quilted panels, centering a large single flower in each. I did the same with black floral for the bottom of the bag. The quilted panels turned out more ‘beefy’ than quilty or puffy. To make the bag, I simply substituted quilted panels for each of the mock croc sheets in the project.

bucket-stitch-detail.jpgI really like the top stitching as a finishing detail here on the center front of the bag. Here’s a close-up (click the image to enlarge).

I wanted to strengthen the walls of the bag a bit for more ‘stand-up-ability’ so I used Decor Bond fusible interfacing from Pellon.

It’s a really nice medium weight product. I fused the interfacing to the batting which is the wrong side of the cover.

I followed the rest of the instructions in the book, substituting fabric tabs with Velcro for the closure tabs attached at the side seams.

bucket-top-edge-detail.jpgThe top edge of the bag looks like it is finished with binding. But, I am Lazy Girl so I found a deceptively easy way to get the look of binding without the time or work. You can see in this photo that the ‘binding’ actually becomes the lining for the bag.

I used the faux leather black handle pair and made tabs from some left over black mock croc scraps from another project. You can easily make fabric tabs from leftovers from the above fabrics.

To finish, be sure to press the bag and don’t be afraid to use steam. Close the bag by matching the Velcro tabs across the center of the bag. This will make the sides of the bag fold in toward the center. I’ve put all of these handy tips in a click-n-print file below.

About Joan:
I like to design purses and bags…what can I say? Have you ever found the perfect purse? Does a single perfect purse exist, or is perfection achieved through a collection of purses that when combined, meet all of our needs? I don’t know.

publicity-photo-email.jpgI guess since I’m still designing them for myself, my collection is incomplete. Or my definition of perfection changes over time. I have discovered that there is a little ‘Lazy’ in most of us. I have fun with my designs and I hope you do, too.

Lazy Girl Designs is a family business for my husband Michael and I. Our silver-haired miniature poodle Honey is busy fulfilling her life goal of being cute, occasionally posing as a cover dog for my creations.

I’ve shared my designs on several TV shows including Kaye’s Quilting Friends, Quilter’s Toolbox and America Quilts Creatively. Look for my episodes on PBS or online at Kaye Wood and Quilter’s News Network.

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’Bucket Tote’. Check quilt shops to purchase the book and fabrics.

Lazy Girl Designs
Bucket Tote
from ‘Bold Bags’ book
10″ x 10″ bottom, 11″ tall
Leisure Arts Item No. 4153 – 3 fabrics

Focal Point Flowers
1/2 yard LH06006 DayZ Deux: Rainbow
I used four flower panels: Pink, Magenta, Yellow & Orange.

Bottom Panel of Tossed Flowers – 1/2 yard LH06007 DayZ Duette: Black

Lining – 1/2 yard LH05028 Teeny Weeny Ticking: Sunset

1 pair Exclusively You black faux leather handles
1-1/2” sew-in black Velcro

You’ll need this information sheet in addition to the book: Bucket Tote Lakehouse Information Sheet

Here are two more bags from the Bold Bags book made using the LakeHouse DayZ fabrics.

Hippie bag - LakehouseSling bag Lakehouse
Click an image to read more.

The ‘Day Z Dozen’ Projects So Far:
  ‘Ring Around The Flowers’ Quilt
  ‘Daisy Star’ Quilt 
  ‘Retro Aprons’
  ‘Plaid About You’ Quilt
  ‘Vibrant Spring’ Ornaments
  ‘Twinkle’ Quilt
  ‘4-Patch Stacked Posie’ Quilt

– Click on ‘Comments’ below to read what others have to say, or leave a comment.
– See all the DayZ fabrics here.
– Are you hopping along with us? Let us know by posting a comment and we will add your store, blog or web to our list!

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13 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Bucket Tote’ by Joan Hawley”

  1. Sharon — March 12, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    I LOVE these variations! This fabric is wonderful with the bags. And lucky me…I recently purchased the Bold Bags book. Can’t wait to try some with this fabric.

  2. Debby Luttrell — March 12, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    YooHoo! I LOVE this one! Actually, all 3 of the bags shown are teriffic but the featured bag is my favorite. I invite everyone to visit my on-line store that would like kits with pattern and fabric (or book in this case) for all the projects in the Day Z Dozen event. See them at

    Debby Luttrell
    Queen of Quitman
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    Pssst…I christened Deb the ‘Queen of Quitman’ recently in this post.  Joan

  3. Christie — March 12, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    I’ve seen so many homemade purses around lately but this one is absolutely THE BEST. I love, love, love it. I am still pretty new with quilting and tackling a purse seems downright scary but I think I need this purse. Yep, I’m pretty sure I do. This series has been so wonderful. It’s the first email I open in the morning!

  4. Cindy Oates — March 12, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    Wow Joan
    That is a beautiful bag. Isn’t it fun to machine quilt a project this size? I think purses are the perfect project for beginner machine quilters. Don’t you? Have a great day.
    Cindy O

  5. Karina Hittle — March 12, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    Hi Joan,

    This bucket tote is sure to brighten anyones day of shopping, running errands or even a day at work! This charming tote definately shouts “Spring has Sprung”! I really like the way that you extended the lining into a faux binding around the top edge of the tote! Clever, clever girl and I look forward to trying it! Adding pre-made faux leather handles to this bucket tote is a terrific time saver. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!


  6. Cecile — March 12, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Okay Joan, do you ever sleep? This bag is fabulous. I admit that while the Bold Bags book was full of great ideas, I never went the extra step to picture them done in quilting fabrics. I have to have this one, and in more than one color, especially since I know one will be sneaking out the door on my daughter’s arm.

    And a word to Christie–if you’ve never made a purse, a Lazy Girl pattern is perfect for you. The directions are always clear and Joan gives you lots of illustrations. I’ve sewn for years, lots of different things–from crafts to quilts to clothing, but every time I use a new Lazy Girl pattern I discover a new way to simplify construction. I bet Joan can take the “scary” right out of this purse!

  7. monique — March 12, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Oh Joan, what a wonderful bag! I love the way the large daisies “fit” 🙂

  8. Pam — March 12, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Nice looking bag Joan! Looks like it would hold a lot of stuff!

  9. Joan —

    Well of course I love the bags because I think bags are the best, especially for trying out something new, whether it be materials or techniques! Another winner!

    Gwen Bortner
    Knitability, LLC

  10. Tammy Tadd — March 13, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Hi Joan!!

    Sorry I missed writing yesterday…. just had to tell you how much I love this little bag. I saw it at last fall market and “fell in love”!! You are one of the most creative people!! Can’t wait until Salt Lake City to get to meet you!!

  11. Jen Buettner — December 7, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Joan, I’ve got to ask. When you cut the large daisy fabric down after quilting it, did you center the daisys or are they offset? I’ve had it in my head to make one of these for quite a while now, but instead of making the bucket, I’m going to do a Miranda.
    – – – – –
    Hi Jen,

    When I made this bag, I did center the daisies. For Miranda, I would do the same. If you are not sure, cut your pieces just a bit larger than needed, then pin them together to simulate a seam and see what you think. Then, cut with the placement you like.



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