Pedal Pretty DIYs: A Tisket, a Basket Liner

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?

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  1. Danae 08/19/2011 at 10:03 am #

    Such a pretty bicycle! What kind is it?

  2. Linzy 08/19/2011 at 11:37 am #

    This is so cute! I don’t yet have a bicycle basket, but when I get one I’ll definitely be trying this.

    Little Acorns

  3. Amanda 08/19/2011 at 11:56 am #

    I love this idea, but I’m having a hard time visualizing what each of the steps are from the text alone. I wish there were sketches to illustrate the actual steps as we go; or even just photos.

  4. Jay 08/19/2011 at 4:14 pm #

    This is such a good idea. I’ve been trying to find a way to jazz up my metal basket.

  5. Carla de Leon 08/20/2011 at 8:12 am #

    that is a great idea for a basket liner… imagine all the beautiful vinyl fabrics you can use! i bet oil cloths can be used also. i would also like to know the brand of bicycle you used on this post . thanks!

  6. puppyloveprincess 08/20/2011 at 9:40 am #

    so cute! i love these modcloth DIYs!

  7. Alissa B 08/20/2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Such a cute idea! I love the DIYs

    alissa b

  8. Mommy 08/20/2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I think this is a perfect fit for you. Great idea and a beautiful floral pattern.

  9. Cathey 08/21/2011 at 7:02 pm #

    This is such a cute idea! Now I just need to learn how to sew!
    And for those asking about the bike brand, I’m pretty sure it’s a Public Bike. Not positive though!

    • Angela (ModCloth) 08/22/2011 at 10:10 am #

      Cathey, as far as learning how to sew, this project requires only simple stitching. I’m not very good at sewing, so believe me when I say the “blanket” stitch is easy! You can do it for sure.

      And yes, that’s my Public Bike! I love it!

  10. RdingPretty 08/26/2011 at 10:00 am #

    Pedal Pretty is so much like RidingPretty where there are lots more cute ideas and Bicycle DIYS to be found ….Check it out!

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