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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2010 04:07:24 AM »

Good stuff!  Way to go with riding a bike--my boyfriend and I don't have a car either and couldn't be happier. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2010 06:23:28 AM »

What a neat idea!  I love the look.  I have the same basket on my bike and would like to try to do the same.  Any tips?

Sure: here goes.

1) Lay the basket down on some big paper, and trace all sides. Then even out the lines with a ruler, and fold in half to check for symmetry. Add
seam allowances, and there's your basic pattern. To get the placement for the velcro straps, put your pattern pieces inside the basket and trace two openings on each side. Cut 4x front and back pieces, 4x side pieces, and 2x bottoms to do it fully lined.

2) for the bottom of the bag, I used a plastic place mat from the dollar store, and cut it about 1/4" smaller on all sides, and inserted at the very end.

3) for the drawstring top - after you've got the side pieces sewn together in a line (side, front, side, back) but before you close it into a circle, measure out the top of the bag - use that measurement to make a rectangle (your measurement x (height of basket + seam allowance + casing allowance)  *This piece should be sewn on to the lining of the bag, before sewing the lining to the outer bag.

4) my velcro tabs were excessively large (see photo)

5) heavy cotton canvas works great for the bag and lining (holds shape very well), but I would choose a lighter weight fabric for the top next time as it takes too long to pull the drawstring tight when I want to close it.

And thanks for all the positive feedback!  Smiley

« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2010 06:29:41 AM »

I love the drawstring top- I always loose stuff out of my basket...
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2010 07:40:09 AM »

I have this same wire basket on my bike, and my stuff is always flying everywhere. Great solution, if I can figure out how to sew...

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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2010 01:41:20 PM »

Thanks for the how to!  I am putting this on the "To Make" list  Wink

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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2010 04:17:25 PM »

So awesome! I've been looking for a basket for my bike, where did you get yours?
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2010 06:08:07 PM »

I work in a bike shop, so this is really great! In a town like DC i bet you could sell those like hot cakes! their awesome!  Wink

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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2010 09:05:49 PM »

I like! What's the next step?

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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2010 10:43:53 PM »

  I Love your idea! I don't have a basket, but now I'm going to get one. I've been riding my bike to the bus stop, and getting to work with it. I sold my car last year also. A basket and bag like this would be perfect.
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2010 02:36:27 AM »

Thats a cool bag, it makes your bike totally individual.

I would love to bike places but hearing problems since I was a child means I get on a bike, I wobble and fall off...rinse and repeat. I am very envious of you.

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