DIY Bicycle Bag

May 7, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Quilting, Sewing 17 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Hurrah! It’s National Bike Month! Let’s celebrate the way we like best—sewing and creating with THE Dream Machine by Brother or another Brother combo machine with 5×7 frame. Let’s celebrate all that fun, healthy, outdoor cycling with this handy bike bag. Embellish it with a scenic bike design from iBroidery.com and learn to convert it to a traditional appliqué. Make one for yourself or a child or a friend. Any biker will appreciate this bag.

Requirements:

Fabric:

  • ½ yd. blue fabric for outer bag, flap and straps—more if fussy cutting, more if making self-binding; ½ yd solid blue for lining, 3 pieces of batting cut same size as blue print fabric.
Note: If you chose not to quilt this, I suggest a sturdy fabric like denim or quilted fabric. On this project, the bicycle print was outline quilted to the batting. Tiny buttons were stitched on the bike axels before the bag was constructed. After the lining was in place, a few buttons were stitched through again to secure the lining.

Notions:

  • Thread for embroidery, construction, and monofilament for quilting. Brother medium weight tear away stabilizer SA5810, spray adhesive (to hold batting to bicycle fabric while quilting), one 12×18” sheet plastic canvas (to help the bag hold its shape), picot edged bias binding 3/4 yard, wash away, chalk or heat erasable marker, two 3/4” buttons, 8” hook and loop tape.

Directions:

  • 5/8” seam allowance

Embroidery

  1. Cut print fabric 18 x 15” for the flap. This is larger than needed but gives some wiggle room if the design is not perfectly centered. Hoop the stabilizer and fabric placed as close to the bottom of the frame as possible, as this is the bottom of the bag.
  2. Load the bike design in the machine and move design to the lowest possible position.
  3. Begin embroidering the first color but stop at stitch #219 or at whatever stitch # your machine completes the straight stitch frame.
Note: There are a few satin stitches before the straight stitches begin. Disregard them. The frame is missing a few stitches at the very end. Disregard again. See green circle on Image # 2.
  1. Cut one-piece blue lining fabric 6 x 9”. Apply spray adhesive and place over the straight stitched rectangle.
  2. Return to the beginning of color #1 to stitch the blue fabric to the print. Stop stitching color #1 again at stitch #219 or as before—when the rectangle is complete. Advance to color #2, the trees.
  3. Do not trim excess fabric beyond the straight stitched frame yet.
Note: Why? This frame does not include extra tack down stitches to secure the appliqué. Best to wait until the embroidery is finished to trim and add the satin stitch frame.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Continue through the color sequence. After the last color, which stitches the leaves, then trim away the excess fabric up to the straight stitch frame.
  2. Appliqué Bike Bag

    1. Return to color #1 and complete the frame. You will repeat the straight stitch rectangle and cover the raw edges with a satin stitch.
    2. Remove the embroidered flap from the hoop. Use spray adhesive to join the flap to batting.
    3. Outline stitch with monofilament around some elements of the print.
    4. Place flap with batting on lining piece. Secure with a few quilting stitches or added buttons, as shown.
    5. Cut flap to 8” w x 13” L, then join the 3 layers with straight stitch 1/8” from raw edges.
    6. Round the bottom corners near the embroidery using a saucer for a template. Straight stitch around the newly curved corners.

    Appliqué Bike Bag

    1. Apply bias binding to three sides of flap. Use of the adjustable bias binder is very helpful with regular bias.

    Appliqué Bike Bag

    • It cannot be used with the picot edging. Instead, the stitch in the ditch foot (one of my most frequently used feet) attached the binding.

Appliqué Bike Bag

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Use a glue stick a to secure an 8” strip of ¾” hook and look tape to bottom edge of flap, butted against the bottom of the satin stitch frame. Stitch through the bias stitching and then in the ditch of the satin stitch frame.
Note: Use of the knee lift is very helpful.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Trim hook and loop tape to stitching line.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Set the embroidered, bias bound, quilted flap aside.

Construction

  • 5/8” seam allowances
Note: Press all seams during construction.

Outer Bag

  1. Cut from the outer fabric (shown as blue bike print): two 13.5” w x 10 tall for the bag front and back.
  2. Quilt both front and back as done on the flap—spray baste print to batting, quilt.
Note: Do not quilt 2” from the top of the bag. The flap will be inserted there, and the quilting will block the insertion.
  1. Stitch 13.5” bottom seam with right sides together. To reduce bulk, trim away batting in the seam allowance. Press seam open then press each seam allowance toward bag.
  2. Stitch side seams, again removing any batting in the seam. Press. Trim corners up to side seam stitches. Press bottom seam open
Appliqué Bike Bag
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  1. Fold corner in alignment with bottom crease. This is most easily done by pinning the piece to a padded surface like the ironing board. Check to see that the pin penetrates the top and bottom seam lines.
  2. Draw line perpendicular to crease 2” from point of triangle. Stitch directly on that line, stay stitching at beginning and ending of seam. Repeat on second corner, creating two identical triangles.

Appliqué Bike Bag

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Cut away the corner approximately ½” below the stitching. Lining—constructed in same manner as outer bag, minus the batting and quilting
  2. Cut lining fabric 12.75” x 10.
Note: It is smaller to accommodate the quilted lining. At the top opening, the lining will extend beyond the bag. That will be cut away later, amount to be determined by thickness of your batting.
  1. Stitch 13” bottom seam with right sides together. Press seam open then press each seam allowance toward bag.
  2. Stitch side seams and press open. Trim corners up to side seam stitches. Press bottom seam open.
  3. Fold corner in alignment with bottom crease, just as with outer bag. Draw line perpendicular to crease 2” from point of triangle. Continue as on outer bag, stitching on the line, cutting away close to the stitching, stay stitching at beginning and ending of seam.

Bag Assembly

  1. Cut a piece of plastic canvas 4×8” and place on floor of bag. Turn lining wrong side out and nest into floor of quilted outer bag.
  2. Hand tack lining to bag at each bottom corner.
Optional: If buttons are used as embellishments, as in the sample bag, re-stitch by hand or machine a few on the sides to hold the layers together a little more snugly.
  1. Cut 4 pieces of plastic canvas–two 7 ¾” x 6” and two 3 ¾” x 6”. Slip these pieces into the sides, front and back of the bag, between the batting and the lining.
Note: The blue lining will extend beyond the outer bag and batting.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Pin layers together. Straight stitch on both sides and front, three layers together 1/8” from edge of bicycle print. One long side for the back remains unstitched. Trim lining fabric and batting even with bicycle print but leave back lining untrimmed. It will extend about 1” above the batting and bike fabric.

Straps

  1. Cut two pieces of print fabric 4 x 8”. Press in half lengthwise, open up and then press raw edges toward center crease. Bring folded edges together rendering a 1” x 8” strap piece. Repeat on second strap piece.
  2. Select stitch 1-07, the triple straight stitch, and. Set stitch width to .5. This was sewn with a stitch length of 2.5. 3.0 would be a better choice with heavier fabric.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Attach Stitch in the Ditch Foot SA191 and sew each side of both straps. Be sure to use the same thread in needle and bobbin. The Stitch in the Ditch foot and settings above will give a perfectly and evenly spaced stitching line. The triple straight stitch renders an attractive, strong seam.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Finish one end of each strap with a wide zig zag. Fold that end up 1 ¼” and stitch across the end to hold in place.
  2. Stitch vertical buttonhole to fit your button, close to folded edge.
  3. Pin straps to back, with strap long side even with side edge of bag, through bicycle print and batting, not lining. Take care that the plastic canvas is snug against the floor of the bag and away from the top edge. Stitch straps in place very close to raw edge of bicycle print but ONLY THROUGH THE OUTER BAG AND BATTING.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Pin raw edge of flap to outer bag, 1” above raw edge of bicycle fabric. Place right sides together. Stitch close to edge of bicycle fabric.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Tuck 1” flap extension between lining and batting. Fold lining to inside, pin in place and straight stitch close to fold.
Note: For better results, hand baste the lining through the batting and bike fabric, penetrating the flap attachment seam line.
  1. Remove accessory box to access free arm. Attach stitch in the ditch foot and sew through all three layers with the lining against the bed of the machine.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Prepare to bind top three edges of bag. Use commercial bias binding or cut your own binding 2” x 18”.
Note: It is not necessary to cut the binding strip on the bias, as there are no curves. Press in half lengthwise and then press raw edges to center. Fold in half, like regular bias, and press again.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Bind top edge of remaining three raw edges. Use commercial bias binding or cut your own 2” wide. Take care to push plastic canvas to floor of the bag, leaving the top edge without canvas. Use your free arm for this step.
  2. Fold flap to front and mark placement for second strip of hook and loop tape. Stitch in place with #90 needle as you will be sewing through 2 layers of fabric, batting and the plastic canvas. Use free arm.

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Wrap straps around bike handlebars to back of bag. Mark placement for buttons. Sew buttons in place.
  2. Bag finished!

Appliqué Bike Bag

  1. Hang on a bicycle, load with snacks and go for a ride!

Appliqué Bike Bag

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17 Comments

    • Yes but can you show how it is strapped on. I am visual and I am having a bit of trouble about the button holes and why they are there

  • Beautiful project! It also reminded me of many hundreds of miles of biking I did “once upon a time.”

    • Thanks, Gini. If I were a biker, I’d pack it with a smocking project, an apple and a Diet Coke and hit the road! But is there a better looking bag, coordinated with the bike, to carry whatever personal items a biker “needs.” My granddaughter would take her Kindle, her phone and a bottle of water. I’d take a smocking project and a diet Coke. Hmmmm…..maybe I should honor this special month by a long overdue bike ride to a quiet park for some hand stitching.

    • Thanks, Judy. If you’ve ridden hundreds of miles “once upon a time,” I bet you remember the old wire baskets we had as kids and even as adults. Small items fell through the wire and big things bounced out. I like the lid with velcro closure on this one.

  • What a clever idea! and one that could be customized for individual bikers. I love the detailed instructions.

    • Thank you, Jane. This bag is very girlie, but it could be customized for the guys. The quilted lining would keep a sandwich and drink cool for a few miles at least—except in the dead of summer in Florida!

  • Super cute and clever project Janice! That bike design has always been a favorite of mine. Love the way you coordinated everything. The pink bike reminds me of one that I had with a “banana” seat. It had the name “Miss Mod” emblazoned on the body of the bike, LOL!

    Your bike “basket” is sure to make some little girl very happy. And . . . I can definitely see this made in many other styles – maybe even faux leather 🙂

    • Elizabeth, I’m sorry I somehow skipped over your comment about the straps and even more sorry that I was not clear about that! The straps wrap over the handlebars. Then, when the bag hangs as suits you, stick a pin through the buttonhole and mark that spot with a chalk pencil or whatever marker you have that will show up on your fabric. Mark placement for the second strap in the same manner. Some bikes have a light or a wider stem, so where the button is placed is dependent on the style and accessories of the individual bike. I hope I’m not too late with my response and again I apologize for the delay.

  • Hi, Janice!
    I love the over all design of this bag. It looks perfect and fun way to stash belongings especially for our children who bikes to school! 🙂
    Thanks a lot for sharing this!
    Best,
    Jack

    • Yes, Terri, it is very “girl-ly!” I’d love to see your finished bag with all the personalization I know you will add. Thanks for your sweet comment.

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