I found this really cute bicycle fabric on Etsy. I am also in love with the Basal double sided fusible foam. I saw this on a video with Jenny and the Crafty Gemini when they showed how to make a quilt as you go bag. I hope to have one of these made by the end of the summer and posted here.
Thanks to Missouri Star Quilt Co. I was able to purchase to Basal Foam as part of their daily deals. I highly recommend signing up for those deals. However, be warned fellow sewers, it is very dangerous. :) I bought one (actually many) to make the bag (sometime in the future) and one to cut into pieces for other projects. I hope to show you some coasters in the future as well.
This tutorial may not be the best because I was really flying by the seat of my pants, or rather the seat of my bicycle seat. I didn't have a true pattern, just improvised a lot. The basic idea for the bag came from this make up bag tutorial at Sew Like My Mom. There wasn't much needed except for some fabric, foam, a zipper and I decided to add some rick rack. Check with the tutorial for much more detailed directions.
I measured the area of my bike I could fit in a bag. I wanted a bag that faced me as I ride, not facing the front as a basket would. I doubled the size of the foam and fabric adding an extra 1/2 inch to the fabric. I cut a piece for the lining as well as the outside.
Then sewed the outer fabric and lining to the first half of the zipper. Before sewing the second half, I added some rick rack for a visual effect.
Once the zipper was sewn on both sides, I turned it inside out in order to sew both sides. I started with a full length of the zipper and only cut it when I sewed the sides. At the point of sewing across the zipper, I made sure to reinforce the area by going back and forth a few times.
After each side was sewn, I used pinking shears to trim away the extra fabric.
I then made a standard "box" on the bottom of the bag to give it some dimension. I trimmed again with pinking shears.
Now this is kind of hard to see: the two pins with a white head are where I planned to devise straps to anchor it to my bike. You can see it is not symmetrical at all. I also carry a water bottle on the bike which my husband moved from facing me on the bike to facing outward. The only way I can attach this bag is in the positions of where the pins are. So here is what I did:
I added a very think tie strap to the far left of the bag.
And a velcro strap to the left.
I tacked both on by hand sewing them to the outside on the back.
I'm glad to have this bag done. Tomorrow will be my first outing with the new accessory for my necessities. I think it's going to work out great.
1. Be mindful of using one way designs on fabric. If I showed you the side of the bag that is facing the front, the bicycles would be upside down. You can see this if you look at the photo where I was attaching the straps that would hold it to the bike.
Do you have a necessity you just had to make that you couldn't find just the right one in the store? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
Happy Bicycling Everyone.
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