When I fixed up my daughter’s bike she requested a basket for all her things.
I didn’t find one that fit the bike and looked sturdy enough, so I took some basic measurements an made my own:
It features reflective fabric and tape for better visibility
If anyone likes to make one I’ve written a basic tutorial. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of all steps.
- plastic placemats
- about a fat quarter of sturdy fabric
- some bias tape
Cut 3 rectangles from the placemats
- Back: 15cm x 20cm
- Front: 15cm x 40 cm
- Bottom: 20cm x 10cm
Round two corners of the bottom rectangle
Use some painter’s tape to attach the front to the bottom to determine the final length of the front piece (it depends on the corner radius)
Mark length, remove tape and cut to length
Cut a fabric rectangle:
- length:front + back + 1 cm + 2x your preferred seam allowance
- height: 35cm
- if you want to use a different fabric on the inside just piece it together
Fold the fabric right side inside so that the short edges meet. Sew together to form a loop.
Sew two strips of fabric 3cm wide and a bit longer than the circumference of your handlebar. Alternatively you could use webbing.
Sew the strips to the right side of your loop.
Fold the loop lengthwise wrong side together. This will form the walls of your basket
Insert the front and back piece into this loop. The middle of the back piece should line up with the center seam.
Sew along the open edge. Trim seam allowance to the width of your bias tape.
Sandwich the bottom piece between two fabric pieces and sew around the edge. Trim seam to the width of your bias tape.
Pin the bottom to the body of the basket and finish with bias tape (or reflective tape as I did).
Tell me if you need a sketch for any of the steps.