Sew a DIY handlebar bag to carry your essentials wherever you bike. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to sew a bike bag using waterproof laminated cotton, to protect the bag and its contents from the elements.
Nicki recommends measuring the handlebars of your bike and comparing them to the measurements of the rectangles used for the bag, to be sure the bag will fit on your bike.
To sew a bike bag, begin by sewing the front tab and straps, and attaching the Velcro to each, as Nicki demonstrates. Nicki provides the dimensions for all pattern pieces.
Nicki gives tips for successfully stitching on laminated cotton, such as increasing the stitch length, using clips rather than pins, and the appropriate size needle to use. The laminated cotton Nicki uses for this project is pliable, soft, machine washable, and eco-friendly.
Designate one laminated cotton rectangle as the Back. Attach the straps to the Back, as Nicki demonstrates. With the right sides together, stitch the laminated cotton rectangles sides and lower edge to create the outer bag, then box the corners. Repeat to stitch the bag lining, leaving an opening in one seam for turning, then box the corners.
Attach the bag to the lining along the upper edge. Nicki demonstrates how to turn the bag right side out and tuck the lining inside the bag so the outer bag rolls toward the inside. Then, top stitch the upper edge to secure it.
Nicki demonstrates how to attach the front tab and front Velcro to the bag, to ensure the closures match up perfectly.
Get the laminated cotton fabric Nicki uses in this video from SplashFabric.com.