The Bucket Bag, Part 2
To start working the bucket bag, I needed to do a little drafting because I don't have a pattern. Really, there are only 3 major pieces: the bottom, the sides and the strap. Anything else, like pockets is extra and I'll deal with those in a later post.
I started by drawing a circle with a 6" diameter. To do this, I pulled out some simple tools, the ruler, compass and the calculator (which will be used later).
I started there because that was the size I thought I wanted. Once it was drawn, I realized it was a bit smaller than I wanted, so I added 7" diameter circle and an 8" diameter circle. I liked the 7" the best and the 8" was good to have because that is now the cutting line, giving me a 1/2" seam allowance.
The next thing I needed to determine was the size of the piece I'll need for the sides of the bag. Since this bag is basically a cylinder with a drawstring at the top, the base is a circle and the sides will be cut in one long piece as a rectangle with just one seam. I wanted a bag height of 10", so that side was easy to figure out. The length around the circle was a simple calculation away. The circumference of a circle is equal to the diameter times pi (which is 3.14). So, 7 x 3.14 = 21.98. Not quite 22", but I'm going to round up to 22", the difference of .02 inches is not enough to worry about.
Now that I know the raw dimensions of the rectangle, 10x22 inches, I can add in seam allowances and design features. I wanted a solid band at the top and bottom of the bag, and decided on 1 1/2" wide. Subtracting 1 1/2" x 2 (top and bottom) from 10" gives me 7" of center section. I just drew up a quick little diagram, noting all the dimensions and pieces. I'll use this later when I cut all the pieces with the rotary cutter. There's really no need to draw pattern pieces if cut with the rotary cutter.
Lastly, I needed to figure out the placement of the eyelets for the drawstring. I figured out that I needed 8 eyelets; 2 placed 1" apart at the center and then 6 more evenly spaced from there. So, 22" finished length, minus 1" between the center two eyelets gives me 21" to work with. I need 7 even spaces total, so 21" divided by 7 equals 3". When constructing the bag, I'll mark those spaces with a water soluble marker to make sure that this will work out correctly; if not I can always adjust it before putting in the eyelets.
Next up is cutting everything out and getting the lining made.
Parting Shot: Not Permanent. Thankfully. Every time my son gets his haircut, he comes home with a different color, which washes out the next morning.