Savvy cyclists know that bike baskets have one major design flaw: things can easily jailbreak through a basket’s interstices. So, marketing writer and blog contributor Angela came up with a solution! “To keep little things from slipping through my metal wire basket, I decided to add a permanent basket liner instead of always trying to remember a tote bag,” says Angela. “Plus, it was a great way to personalize my bike!”
For those of you who are, like me, coveting a liner of your own, Angela kindly spilled the beans on how she crafted this spill-free liner!
DIY Bike Basket Liner
1 yard vinyl or similar waterproof material
1 skein of 6-ply embroidery floss in a contrasting color
Size 14 embroidery needle
3 yards of 1-inch wide grosgrain ribbon in a contrasting color
1. Measure the dimensions of each side of your basket
- Front: width x height
- Back: width x height
- Side: width x height (You’ll need two of these!)
- Bottom: length x width
2. Subtract half an inch from each edge of the bottom rectangle to prevent your liner from bunching up in your basket. Draw the resulting rectangle dimensions onto the back side of the fabric. Cut. Set aside.
3. Subtract an inch from the width of each side, front, and back panels, then double the height of each panel. Transfer the dimensions of each panel (front, two sides, back) onto the back side of fabric. Cut.
4. Fold each of these four cut panels in half, and use the embroidery thread to sew up each side with a simple blanket stitch, starting at the open end. Finish the stitch 1 inch before the fold so you have an opening to thread your ribbon through.
5. Use the embroidery thread to blanket stitch the four panels to each edge of your bottom piece, making sure that the right/patterned side of the bottom piece is facing up, and that you match the sides to the bottom piece’s short edges, and front and back to the bottom piece’s long edges.
6. Cut two pieces of ribbon about 20 inches long, and two more about 15 inches long, thus leaving enough ribbon sticking out of each side so that you can tie neighboring pieces together in a bow at each corner. Angela used Scotch tape to temporarily stick the ribbon to a knitting needle to make it easy to thread the pieces.
7. Place the liner in the basket. (Angela also used tape here to temporarily secure the ribbon to the material.) Tie neighboring sides together in a knot, then around the corresponding basket corners in a bow.
8. Take your newly adorned bike for a spin!
Will you be trying this DIY?