Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY: How to make your own Bike Seat Cover

This Labor Day, ride in style!
Make your own bike seat cover by
following these simple steps.

I found this DIY project thanks to  FOSSIL .
I actually have a little story to share with you all.
It started like this... well a few weeks back, I was on a bike high, I pretty much rode every other day for an hour around the neighborhood, hey, it beats jogging! Anyways, one morning I took it out, I was about half way up the street and around the corner.. when my bike seat just completely fell off! There I was, in the road, trying to put it back on, cars driving by, let's just say the ride home was ugh awkward.. I guess I rode that one a little too hard ehh?
Well finally last week I was out, and my mum picked a nice big bike seat out! Did I mention it was her bike seat that I broke... Opps!
But the good thing is now that we have to new seat, we can make a neat seat cover for it!

This is what you'll need:-Bike seat
-Fabric
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
-Scissors
-Elastic
-Tracing paper
-Marker
-Ruler


Step One:
Trace your bike seat on a large sheet of paper. Add 2-inches all around to account for seams and depth. (If your seat appears to be deeper than normal, add another ½ inch or more.) Using the pattern you’ve just created, cut your fabric. 

Step Two:
Place cut-out fabric upside down and fold the edges inward about ½ inch all the way around, pinning as you go. 
Step Three:
Starting at the back, sew around the cover approx. ⅜ inch from the fold. Make sure to leave an opening in the back as you finish – this is for the elastic to be pulled through. 
Step Four:
Thread the elastic through the seam. (We suggest pinning a medium safety pin to the end of the elastic to help push it through.) Once you try it on your seat, tie the elastic so it fits snugly, but is still removable. Trim the ends or add some extra flair by stringing a few beads on the ends. 

Here are a few examples:



Great idea, huh!

9 comments:

Sara Szatmary said...

This makes me want to get over my fear of bikes... they just look SO COOL!

girls who like to gorge said...

Great DIY tip! This is so cool, thanks for posting :) xx

Kristen said...

Super cute! Totally doing this to pimp my ride a little bit.

Huckleberry Creative said...

This is so cute! I'm searching for a bike right now; once I find one this is the first thing I'll do!

Elizabeth Rose said...

love this idea! x

A Rosy Note said...

Well, isn't this stylish?! I LOVE bike riding too. I haven't went very much this summer. Last summer, I think I went everyday!

Thanks so much for your visit yesterday and for your sweet message about my kitty, Tucker. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your cat too. It's so hard to be without them, isn't it? I think about my little guy all the time.

hugs ♥ Tricia

Hannah said...

Soooo cute! What a fun idea! I love biking as well, although my bike right now has some flat tires. If I was crafty, I would def be making it a new bike seat cover!

Marie said...

Cool, thanks for sharing.:D

***** Marie *****
allthingsmarie.com

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Great idea and it seems so simple. No I only need a bike:)

*Erin