Welcome to Buckets & Bums

Welcome to Buckets & Bums, I’m Steph and I’m passionate about tackling waste culture. This is why every bucket hat and bumbag I hand make is made from secondhand, vintage or repurposed fabric. There are so many gorgeous fabrics already in existence. This way it diverts fabric from landfill and gives them a new life and funky bucket hats and bumbags. 

Steph's sewing area and shelves full of secondhand fabrics

My journey started a few years ago when I made a real conscious effort to use less plastic – I’m sure we’re all in the same boat here; after watching Planet Earth documentaries. As time went on this progressed into reducing my fast fashion consumption and then giving that up entirely. Did you know;

  • The fashion industry accounts for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions – which is estimated to be more than all air travel.
  • It takes 5000 gallons of water to make just one t-shirt and one pair of jeans. That’s almost 100 bath tubs full.
  • 43 million tonnes of chemicals are used to dye and treat clothing in the manufacturing process every single year
  • 350,000 tonnes of clothing is sent to landfill every year in the UK alone

These fast fashion facts were astounding to me and I knew I could make a change through Buckets & Bums. I now get to upcycle clothing and recycle fabric and repurpose these into slow fashion bucket hats and bumbags.


I’ve always loved secondhand shopping – I got dragged round all the charity shops when I was a kid. I still love it now so it was a no brainer that I would upcycle secondhand textile and clothing into bucket hats and bumbags.

Steph perusing the rails in a charity shop

At school I studied textiles and I loved it! I once made a pair of shorts from bleach design denim but they got lost over the summer holidays and I was devastated. Needless to say this didn’t deter me and I picked textiles for my GCSEs. When we were taking our final textiles exam we had a power cut in the hall, everything went dark and we all started talking – luckily I was sat next to my bestie and we conferred on some answers before the lights came back on and guess who both got As!


Naturally I wasn’t interested in studying anything academic at college and enrolled on an Art & Design course, quickly followed by Fashion & Clothing where I met two of my best friends. For second year, surprisingly, I opted for the Fashion Promotion course over Fashion Design but over the coming years always found my way back to the sewing machine. Steph with her two best friends, Shonah and Laila. Photos were taken at college.

At university I studied Photography for Fashion and Advertising and it was the first year they ran the course – oh yeah you’d better believe there were teething issues! The best tutor and course leader we ever had left after the first term! Then I considered changing course and university, but I made it to graduation in the end. Whilst I was there I got a lot of sewing under my belt; my housemates and I use to love raiding the charity shops and oftentimes the treasure would get an upcycle.

Photo collage of Steph with her friends from uni

I tried hard to get into creative role when leaving uni but to no avail. I had to take a job to pay the bills. Since then I’ve had a string of unfulfilling jobs. Between uni and starting Buckets & Bums I made and sold random clothes and accessories but I didn’t really take anything seriously. I was too busy going on nights out with my friends!


I’d already had the idea and had loosely started working on Buckets & Bums in 2019 but life clearly had other ideas for me then. Now, I tell most people that I started Buckets & Bums as a lockdown project. That is sort of true. I was put on furlough for 2 months in 2020. Then I started back at work in June and was still working from home at this point. After approximately one week I realised what I actually wanted to do in life. I knew I absolutely had to get the ball rolling with Buckets & Bums again. I knew I needed to do something fulfilling and something which brought me joy. I want to wake up and look forward to the work I do. I want to wake up and do something meaningful. 


So I started taking things seriously. I made a lot of practice bucket hats and bum bags. Did some photo shoots and started an Instagram. I started selling on Depop but quickly decided a website would be better. Now I've even started this blog! Its hard work but I love it. Its great to be able to work alongside my boyfriend Shaun. He's a graphic designer but he helps in so many other ways too - mostly talking me down off a metaphorical ledge! I adore having stalls at makers markets and getting to meet and chat to you guys and spreading the slow fashion message. 


Because Buckets & Bums now offers the funkiest selection of bucket hats & bumbags. All exclusively hand made in London from second hand fabric.

There’s ready to ship bucket hats & bumabgs – check out the current stock here

I also do custom bucket hats & bumbags – see FAQs for more info

I can also upcycle your items of clothing or textiles into bucket hats & bumbags too – send me a message here to discuss



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