What to do:
1. Take off the bucket
handle and measure the top of the bucket (38") — the bucket tapers at
the bottom, so you need to measure the top and bottom — measure the
bottom (33") and measure the height (17 1/2").You can also wrap the
foam around the bucket and cut accordingly.
2. Mark out the foam with your ruler. Draw out 38", mark the
middle of it and split from the center 33". Measure 17 1/2" for the
vertical foam with the height of the top layer of foam. Cut foam.
Spray glue on the bucket and foam, and wait a few seconds for the glue
3. Take the lid and trace the top of it onto 3" high-density
foam. Spray glue the lid to the foam. Take your turkey carver and cut
around the edges of the lid. Snap the lid back onto the bucket. Bring
the 1" foam around the lip of the 3" foam.
4. Trim any extra pieces. Take Dacron and spray it with glue
to the top of the bucket. Cut off the remaining pieces. Continue to
wrap and spray glue the bucket with Dacron. Trim the top but leave
extra Dacron on the bottom for finishing.
5. Measure and draw out the longest side of your pattern and
mark the center. Take your square and line it up with the edge of
your fabric and the center mark. Draw out the height of your pattern
on your square. (Note: It is always smart to add 1–2" of extra fabric
to your height for fitting; it can always be trimmed down later.) Once
the height has been drawn, use your square again to mark the length
of the opposite side (remember your height line is at the center, so
measure half the length on each side of your center mark). When the
two lengths have been drawn out, use your ruler to connect the ends,
giving you a nice straight taper.
6. Cut the piping fabric 1 1/2" wide and the same length as
the top 46". Cut the top piece in a 16" circle (allows seam allowance)
either by tracing the top or using a string and pencil.
7. Fold the fabric in half and clip the middle top corner. Do the same with the circle piece.
8. Sew in the piping with welt foot. Extend the fabric a
small amount past the piping. Sew a 1/2" from the needle. When you
start to sew piping on the circular piece, start just in from the cut
edge. Cut relief cuts around the perimeter so that the fabric doesn’t
pucker when sewn into the side panel. Note: Sew fabric on the piping
first, then line up the edge of the piping and the edge of the circle
fabric and begin sewing. Make small relief cuts in your piping so it
is easier to sew.
9. With side panel folded, sew from the top down with at
least 2" at the bottom open, so that it fits over the top of the
ottoman. With the seam of the side panel laid flat and the seam of the
top panel, start to sew the two pieces together.
10. Test-fit the fabric to make sure it fits smoothly over
the ottoman. This requires a little finessing of the fabric to get a
11. If fit is smooth, remove the fabric and cut the extra
fabric around the edges so the end product has a flush, smooth
12. Pull the fabric over the ottoman again. Rotate it,
pulling downward on each side. After the fabric is smooth and in
place, staple the fabric to the bottom of the bucket. Start stapling
in sections around the circle and then go back and staple in between.
If you just went fully around the first time, you would end up with
extra fabric at the end and the pattern could be crooked.
13. Take a razor blade and cut off the extra fabric.
14. The last step is a dust cover for the bottom.
What you need:
- yardage for fabric
- spray Glue
- 5-gallon utility bucket
- sewing machine
- tape measurer
- piping foot (The cord we used is 5/32 and is sold by the yard.)
- foam (20' square of 3” high-density foam and 60” x 1” of foam)
- square ruler