When I’m reading other blogs I tend to mentally categorize the projects. It could be something like “that looks great in their house, but I would never do that,” or “PERFECT- if I ever won the lottery.” And sometimes there is something I see that I must make, stat. So I pin it and start planning.
That was the case when I saw Jen’s Garden Bucket Caddy on I Heart Organizing. It was like she knew my mother and mother-in-law perfectly and it screamed “Make these for mother’s day!” as soon as I clicked her post. In case you missed it, here’s what Jen did…
So stinking cute AND functional. She just took a bucket, tied a super cute apron around it and created the perfect little garden caddy for her dirt and tools.
Now that both mommies have received their buckets, I can show you what I did without ruining a Mother’s Day surprise. I didn’t have an extra apron laying around or the time to order one, so I DIY-ed my own. And for some extra durability in the garden, I made it out of vinyl table clothes. I found two that I loved at TJ Maxx. They were so much cuter than any fabric I looked at in a similar price range so I picked them up, along with some thick grosgrain ribbon and headed home to start sewing.
The first one took a bit if planning, thinking and adjusting, but the second was done in one hour- start to finish. Want to see the finished product? Ok, here you go!
I changed up the design a bit and placed the “apron” part below the handle so it’s still usable. I also made three pockets as opposed to the three tiered approach. Because I made my version shorter to utilize the handles, the middle layer would have been too covered up to enjoy or the small pockets too small to function.
Thanks to the pretty bow in the back, you can easily take it off to clean. I also used little velcro pieces underneath to keep it from sliding when it’s full of garden tools. Add some cute little, color coordinating accessories… …and you have yourself a cute mother’s day gift for some special ladies who happen to love to garden. And there you have it! Pinned it, did it!
Jen, thanks so much for the inspiration! These were a HUGE hit with both mommies. I only wish I would have made my self one too! So did anyone else DIY a mother’s day gift or are you maybe working on teacher gifts? Or did you receive an awesome Mother’s day gift? Anything you pinned and did? Can you tell I’m looking for some more inspiration, or perhaps trying to set a record for most questions ever asked in one post? :)
BTdubs- I am NOT a great seamstress or even a seamstress at all. I just have a sewing machine I play with, but if you would like a step-by-step of my little bucket cover, just let me know and I’ll be glad to work one up, in very non-technical terms, of course.