9.26.2007

Bike bag

I wanted to post about a project that I actually finished a while ago, but hadn't taken one final and in my opinion necessary photo of, which I wanted to do before I shared it.

I mentioned a while ago that I was working on this project, a small bag to hang on the handlebars of my bike. I've been using it and I love it. It's the perfect size for the necessary items like cell phone and wallet.

I came up for the idea myself. I knew I could make something that met my needs much easier than trying to find a bag in a store that would work. That's what's fun about being a "crafty" person!

I measured to get an idea of size, and then came up with a cable pattern to use. (In fact, I liked so much how this came out that I would love to make an actual purse like it someday!) I did a giant cable flanked by two smaller cables. The yarn was Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in gray. (More specs on the project here.)

First I made this rectangle:

bikebagblocked

Then I stitched the sides using mattress stitch. I then turned it inside out and sewed little gussets in the corners to give it some depth:

bikebaginsideseam

Here's what the corner and seam look like on the outside:

bikebagsideseam

I wanted it lined, so I stitched this, and added a pocket:

bikebaglining

The pocket is intended to store the little bike computers we have (a nifty little thing that has an odometer, spedometer, etc.) while not in use. I added velcro to the pocket to secure them in:

bikebagvelcropocket

And then stitched it into the bag, added a zipper and one of my little labels:

bikebaglabel

So here's what the bag looked like before I added the handle:

bikebagsewn

Then I added a simple i-cord strap, with a clasp:

bikebagcomplete

The clasp is so that I can hang the bag from my handlebars:

bikebagclasp1

And last but not least, here are two photos of my bike with the bag hanging on it (the very reason I hadn't posted about this before!)

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We went for an awesome 20 mile bike ride this weekend and had a picnic at a park. It was a lot of fun, and a gorgeous day. I LOVE my bike, by the way. I just got it this summer, and it was the best thing I could have done. We have gone on so many more bike rides this summer because we both love our bikes now. (My old one from college was uncomfy and just wasn't cutting it for me anymore.) That big cushy seat this bike has makes all the difference!

7 comments:

jen said...

oooh nice bag and nice bike!

Nell said...

How cool are you!?!?!?!? Rockstar!!!!

Lynn said...

Don't you love it when you can actually use skills you've learned from here and there to make something you want, need and will use?
Great job!

gypsyknits said...

Nice B&B. Bike and bag. How about posting a pattern for that bag? I like it and I'm too lazy to make one up myself. LOL

Dee said...

We have Raleigh bikes too. Aren't they great! Much, MUCH better than my old Peugeot and worlds better than my Motobecane!!!

Love the little bike bag...it's very stylish. I'm using an Avenir bag. Practical for sure, but not very pretty!

I can't wait for it to cool off a little here so we can go for long rides. The most I've done lately is 10 miles.

peaknits said...

I love the bike bag - what a great idea!

Muriel said...

Good post.