Sunday, November 27, 2011

Finishing the bottom of the Jitter Bucket

Q. MM:

I have your buckets gone wild pattern for the jitter bucket.  I am going to make them for my granddaughter.  How is the outside bottom of the bucket finished.  ( the part that the bucket sits on).

At the very end of the printed instructions there is a paragraph in italics that tells how to cover the bottom. If it is not on your pattern, please let me know and I will send it to you. Also the attached site may be helpful.

See the YouTube tutorial at


Monday, November 7, 2011

New Marker from Marilyn

Marilyn Swartout asked for suggestions on marking pencils for the MB pleats.  I told her my suggestions for chalk markers, mechanical pencils, and soap slivers, but she had a better one.  She said, "Also, when marking I grabbed a charcoal pencil that I use for painting. It worked wonderfully - seemed to show up on light or dark fabric and wiped right off. This is what is written on the pencil "Generals Pastel Chalk 4474 Dk. Grey."  Gotta try it!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jitter Bucket size

Q.  What object is used as the base for the jitter bucket? 5 quarts. ??? Love your patterns! Thanks Cindy

A.  It is a 5 quart plastic paint bucket sold at the Big Box stores.  Some ice cream still comes in the traditional 5 quart size but most are now 4 quart.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bottoms for the Mug Bucket and Sassy Kat

I am so excited about the way the bottom covers for the Mug Bucket and the Sassy Kat turned out. I made a quick, albeit rather rough, tutorial to show you how you could dress up these patterns for upcoming holiday gifts.

·         See the YouTube tutorial at

Watch for new patterns coming soon.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Beautiful creature seen at Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas.  Anyone know what type catepillar it is?Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 27, 2011

For a birthday gift I made this tissue holder from inkjet-printed  fabric and Kim Kruzich’s free pattern at: .
Super easy.

The pix are from when we climbed Pinnacle Mountain, something on my Bucket List.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Baby Shower Gift

SM made this cute Kitty Scoop Bucket for a  baby shower!  She said she wished she had added trim to the tops of the pockets.  Not too late...Liquid Stitch and clothes pins or clips would hold ribbon or any trim.  I attached a pocket flap to a prototype bag I'm making, and it's still holding after 3 weeks.  Time to finish that pattern.....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sassy Kat Adjustments

The only kitty bucket I could find with a wire bale is 12.5 tall and the diameter across in the inside is 11 and 11.5 outside. Since this is my first one and want to use it for a baby shower, I want it to look nice. How would you suggest I enlarge the pattern to make it fit?

The pattern has an adjustment for a 12 inch high bucket. I would add an inch to the bottom of the body on the outside. You could increase the depth of the pockets by a half inch, but I probably wouldn’t. Regarding the inside measurements, the pattern is made for a 10 by 12 inch bucket. I would just draw a pattern from the base of your kitty litter bucket and add a half inch to all sides. So if your bucket was 11 X 11 inches, I would make a rounded square bottom 12 X12. That would allow for a half inch seam allowance on all sides. Pin the darts and fit the body to your new base before you do any stitching.

BTW, I use both the wire and the plastic bales. I would love to have a picture of your finished bucket. What a great idea! Let me know if you have any questions.

Does the center piece do anything except divide it in half.  I am thinking I don't want it divided.
The center piece serves no structural purpose.  The walls of the kitty scoop bucket are rigid enough to hold it’s shape without the wooden dowel in the center divider.  Sounds like a winner to me. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jitter Bucket Drawstring Top

The drawstring top works really well if you are planning to carry small items inside the Jitter Bucket.

Cut two 6 x 14 inches of contrasting or matching fabric.
Cut two 30 inches of 1/4” wide ribbon.
Turn under and hem the short edges.
Make a ½ inch casing on one long edge of each.
Edge finish the other long edges.
Before sewing the side seams of the Jitter Bucket attach to the bucket ½ inch above the center divider with the finished edge toward the bottom of the bucket.
Insert a ribbon into the casings and tie ends together. Insert another ribbon from the opposite side and tie ends.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Instant PDF pattern delivery!

Michelle from Keyka Lou patterns shared her vast knowledge of e-junkie with me.  Now patterns can be delivered to you instantaneously. Thanks Michelle!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Size of Mugs for Mug Bucket Pattern

The size of the mugs I use are about 3 ¾ inches high and 3 to 3 ¼ in diameter.    The orange one with the ties on this blog is the above size and it is a perfect fit.  I often buy them at Goodwill.  In the last few years, coffee mugs have become supersized. 

If you plan to use an oversized mug, allow more room at the center fold lines and perhaps increase the same amount at the top fold line for the inner pockets.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mug Bucket, Key Change Pocket Purse, Walker Tote Patterns

Thank you so much!  I'm looking at the patterns now and thinking I could have a lot of fun with gift giving for my daughters and sisters.  Also, your site had the walker tote which I was delighted to see.  My younger sister has been diagnosed (at the tender age of 48) with bone marrow cancer and was on a walker within days.  I hope to make one of these lickity split to send to her to make her life easier.

Thanks again,