Bicycle Basket Liner AND Cinch Bag

I’ll admit, I’m completely spoiled by the weather in Southern CA. Almost everyday is perfect for a bike ride. Don’t hate.  I’ve had this cruiser for about 3 years now and always just dealt with my phone, wallet, water bottle, etc. getting tossed around while I ride and trying not to lose control while fumbling with the contents.

And so the challenge began… Make a basket liner that could hold all my junk (phone, wallet, glasses, keys, water bottle) and usually Chris’ and Zander’s junk too (jackets, toys, etc.)

I searched the world wide web in hopes of finding a pattern/tutorial that would fit my basket, exactly. No such luck. I found this tutorial, but it wasn’t much help. I only used it for ideas on pockets. I had to face my fear and make my own pattern, eek.

Surprisingly, everything went smooth.  I made the pattern and sewed everything from scratch. I even made it into a muli-functional cinch bag… to carry all my junk when i”m not biking.  Serious, could not be more proud of myself. It turned out pretty awesome.

Hope this inspires you to face any fears you have about sewing, and just do it.

I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie

Zander loves books, there’s no denying it.  Every few weeks, we come home from the library with 20+ books he’s just itching to read. His current bag works great, except it doesn’t have a pocket for his library card.  And so the mission began…create a library bag for Z’s Stache of books, complete with a pocket for his library card so it’ll never get lost again.

I roughly followed this tutorial for the bag and this tutorial for the pocket. They worked out perfectly together.  Best of all, this bag is reversible, too! Might come in handy if we ever get tired of looking at Fu Manchu’s mustache.

Hope this inspires all you book worms to make a bag of your own.

Here’s a photo of the little munchkin and his big bag.