Hi! It's me, Palak-- owner of Make It Handmade and a very proud mom. My biggest little one just 'graduated' from his tricycle to a 2 wheeler with training wheels. So far, his bike rides have been limited to riding from the backyard to the front yard; but I know this is just a sign of more independence to come.
To send him on his way in style; I decided to make him (and his sister) bike baskets to take with them where ever they go.
These bike baskets are made with just 2 fat quarters and a bit of interfacing or batting and are deep enough to accommodate all the summer essentials-- a teddy bear, a princess cup, and those pebbles that were too shiny to leave at the park.
2 Fat quarters (I chose prints from Road 15 by Sweetwater)
4 12 inch lengths of ribbon
18" x 22" piece of quilt batting, or sturdy fusible or sew in interfacing
These bike baskets come together very quickly! I was able to finish the red and black bike basket (my second one) in about half an hour; from cutting to loading it up with stuffed animals. When deciding whether to make a velcro or ribbon closure, consider the the bike-- ribbon closures will work on any bike or trike. To use the velcro closure you must have a bike with a bar between the handle bars.
Let's get started!If you are using fusible fleece or interfacing fuse the lining and interfacing together before starting. If you are using quilt batting or a sew in interfacing, pin the batting/interfacing to the wrong side of the lining, and treat them as one piece of fabric from this point on. I used a heavy canvas lining which you will see in the pictures.
Trim the two fat quarters to get rid of the selvage and ensure they are the same size. Fat quarter sizes vary slightly from brand to brand; but this tutorial will work as long as your pieces are the same size.
Press the outer fabric seam allowances toward the short sides of the basket; and press the lining seams towards the long sides of the basket.
Turn your project through that small opening and press! Top stitch a 1/4 inch from the top of the basket making sure to close the opening you left for turning.
Velcro ClosureI knew my son wouldn't appreciate those oh-so-girly ribbon ties; so his basket has a velcro closure. The velcro closure will only work on bikes with a bar between the handle bars. To add velcro, first make up a basket just as before; leaving out the ribbon.
Tips and Tricks:
- If you can't find matching ribbon for the ribbon ties; you can use a leftover square to piece together 4 12 inch 'ribbons'.
- For the velcro strap, if you have access to the bike, consider making the strap the exact length of the bar. This will make the strap even sturdier and the basket better able to handle heavy loads.
- Consider using one of your scrap squares to applique a name or initial to personalize the basket for your little one.
One stylish bike basket-- so your preschooler can take a little bit of home where ever he may roam.