*This pattern fits a bike with about an 8" flat space on the bar, and about 9.5" space from the bar down to the tire. As I said above, it also fits on my son's bike. And it's a kid bike. So please measure your bike to see if any adjustments need to be made first:).
*Heavy weight cotton fabric, preferably home decor fabric (*I used the same fabric for the outer and inner, so when I say cut two below in the pattern pieces section, I just cut two of the same fabric)
*Two 12"x12" pieces of paper
*bottom of basket--cut two. Find the downloadable version HERE.
*front panel of basket--cut two. Find the downloadable guide HERE. This is not an actual true to size pattern, it's just showing you how you measure out the two 12"x12" pieces of paper. The middle of the template is where you will tape the two sheets of paper together. Then proceed to mark and measure out according to the template measurements, then cut and use as the front panel pattern. Was that beyond confusing? Any questions? Please don't hesitate to ask me! I'll try and help as best as I can:).
This is the binder I used. I already had it on hand, but I saw online that Avery sells page dividers that are also made out of this plastic, that I'm sure would work for this project.
So on the bottom panel, cut the plastic 1/2" smaller on the curve, and 1/4" smaller on the straight edge.
Cut the plastic 1/2" smaller on each side except one of the short sides. That should be 1/4" smaller on that side. I didn't quite have it small enough in this picture.
Cut a long 3" wide, long strip of knit and sew along the edge with a basting stitch. Pull the top thread to ruffle. It all depends on how much ruffle you'd like as to how long you need the strip.
Line up the top edge of the ruffle with the top edge of the already embellished front exterior panel.
Take the other front panel piece and place it on top of the embellished panel, right sides together.
Make sure that you leave your basting strings attached--don't cut them or the ruffle will start to fall off.
For this front panel, I tucked in my ruffle so that I didn't catch it on the sides when sewing.
Pin the layers together. The ruffles might not like being pinned the normal way, so I stuck them in this way. Just be careful when sewing the panels together to not poke yourself!
Mark a 6" space to leave un-sewed.
Sew 1/4" seam, leaving the 6" gap open, backstitching in both the starting and ending places.
Clip corners and turn right side out.
See how the ruffle sticks up straight? We want it to lay down.
To have it lay down, topstitch along the top of the ruffle, on the right side.
Now take another 3" strip and do the same thing for the interior piece of the back panel. Set aside.
Back to the front panel structuring--let's work on the wire. The sides of the wire measure about 9.25" and the middle section is about 21.25". If you need to cut your wire down, then do so now. Either sand the rough edges down (not sure if that will actually work) or treat with plasti-dip. Let the plasti-dip dry before using. Bend your wire to look like the following two pictures.
Insert the wire into the opening you left.
Make sure to push it clear into the corners.
Put your zipper foot on your machine. Start at the bottom with the basket like this:
Sew the wire into place. Gotta love that zipper foot!
Make sure to fold the ruffle up so you don't sew through it.
Just keep sewing around the entire thing, folding in the gap you left and topstitching along that.
Now you are done with the front panel.
Let's make the straps now! Take your strap pieces, and cut your 4" piece of velcro into two 2" strips. I also ruffled another 1" strip of knit to put onto the straps.
For one strap, place your velcro like this and sew on.
Sew right sides together, leaving a small gap on one of the long sides, to turn right side out.
Turn right side out. Top-stitch, making sure to fold in the raw edges of the gap. (This strap hasn't been top-stitched yet.)
On the back panel, take the piece that will have the velcro attached. Measure in from the sides 1/4", and down from the top 2". Mark these places.
Fold your finished strap in half and line up 1/4" from the side, and 2" down in the places you marked.
Sew once down the middle, then a 1/4" on either side of middle stitch.
Pin the back panel pieces together the same way as you did the front panel. Leave a gap for turning right side out. Make sure to backstitch at the starting and ending points. Sew 1/4" seam.
Enjoy your new Vintage Inspired Bike Basket!
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