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« on: May 15, 2012 10:13:17 AM »

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Bicycle Caddy with Pockets using the BERNINA 330

The weather is finally getting warm here in the Pacific Northwest and that means I can put away the umbrella and dust off my bike. I don't have a basket for my bike yet (and I stress "yet") so in the meantime, I decided to make this bike caddy.

The pattern that I originally found for this project was made from a tea towel but I altered the pattern a bit and used regular quilting fabric instead, mainly because I had cute pink fabric with puppies that I was dying to use.

Materials Used:
2 pieces of cotton fabric cut 12 inches wide, 15 inches long
1 piece of oil cloth cut 12 inches wide, 30 inches long
2 pieces of fabric, for pockets cut 12 inches long, 12 inches wide
2 pieces of contrasting fabric, for smaller pockets cut to size you want
2 grommets
2 carabineers

I first laid out the two main pieces of my caddy and stitched them together in the middle. I drew a little diagram of how I needed to lay out the pieces and what it needed to look like.

After I stitched the middle together and hemmed the top of the pockets, I laid out the main piece horizontally, right sizes facing up, I placed the 12 inch pockets and then the smaller pockets. I pinned the pockets in place and moved on to the oil cloth. Place the oil cloth and the fabric with pockets, right sides together and sewed the sides together. I left a 4 inch gap in order to turn the fabric out.

Next, I stitched the gap close by turning the edge under and top stitched the entire piece.

The pockets could have been basted and sewn before I stitched the oil cloth on but I wanted to make sure that they were really strong and had a little more stability to them so I stitched them right to the oil cloth, too.

Now to put on the grommets, I placed the grommets 1 inch from the edge of the bag. I had to use a grommet tool to do this but it was super easy!

Last, I hooked my carabineers to the bag and it was ready to go!

There are a couple of ways to attach the bag to your bike, the best way is with a little bike rack in the back or you can attach it to the front, with the carabineers, you can attach it virtually anywhere on your bike!

Now all I need is to fill the pockets with my favorite cheese, baguette and bottle of wine! I'm off to the store!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 10:57:46 AM »

I have seen this in person and it's so dang cute I can hardly stand it.  It's so perfect with that pink bike, too!  If I had a bike, I may have found a way to sneak it home with me and that's saying something because pink and yellow are my 2 least favorite colors. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 11:13:29 AM »

This is such a great idea and a cheerful project. Love your fabric choice!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012 11:39:17 AM »

As a fervent pedestrian and bicyclist, I'm seriously thinking of forgoing a bike basket and make some of these instead - they'd make grocery carrying a breeze!

Why didn't I think of this months ago?!? Thank you, kittykill, for the inspiration!

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012 01:09:27 PM »

Excellent! This will be just the ticket too for bringing books home from the library. No more backpack for me. Also kittykill thank you for telling me the official name for the hook things, carabineers. Never knew that. Smiley

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