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bicycle bucket tutorial

Just want to say thank you to Vanessa from V & Co. and all her wonderful readers!  Thanks for letting me be your guest today.

Ready for a fun summertime project?

My husband and I were doing some tune ups on my daughter’s bike earlier this spring – you know, new tires, paint the handlebars, fix the seat, fun stuff. So, when we were out tire shopping I saw the cute bike baskets at the store. I was like “oh, we have to get her a basket, it would be so fun” and he’s like “you should just make one”. So here we go!


  • 2 fat quarters (18″x22″) of coordinating prints
  • 21.5″ wide by 4.5″ tall piece for binding top of bucket
  • stiff double side fusible interfacing (I used Peltex 72F which I found at Walmart)
  • 5 inch piece of 3/4″ wide velcro
  • scrap of medium weight fusible interfacing
  • thread, pins, etc.
  • Pattern piece (updated May 2013)

Cut your materials:
From exterior fabric cut

  • one piece 8.5″ wide by 7″ tall
  • one piece 12″ long by 7″ tall
  • one piece from the pattern (it’s the bottom of the bucket – use the solid line).  Cut the same size pieces from the lining fabric.

For the tab that attaches the bucket to the bike handle bars cut a 6″ wide by 11.5″ tall piece from the lining material and cut one piece 21.5″ wide by 4.5″ tall for the top binding of the bucket.

From the double sided fusible interfacing cut one piece 7.5″ wide by 6″ tall, one piece 11″ long by 6″ tall and one piece from the pattern following the dotted line.

{All seam allowances 1/2″ unless otherwise noted}

Sew the exterior and lining:

Place the short rectangle (8.5″ wide by 7″ tall piece) RIGHT sides facing to the bottom bucket piece.  Sew.

Open up the piece you just sewed and take the long remaining rectangle, find the center (should be at 6″) and pin it to the center of the curved bottom bucket piece.

Starting from the pin sew following the curve of the bottom bucket piece, adjusting as you go.

When you reach the seam that joins the bottom bucket piece and the short rectangle, stop with the needle down and lift presser foot, rotate the pieces so that the two rectangles are facing RIGHT sides together.  Put presser foot back down and continue sewing.  Go back to where you started in the middle of the curve and sew the remaining side.  {When lifting the presser foot and rotating the pieces so that they align, it might feel and look kind of wrong or weird, but I promise they’ll line up and look great when you turn it right side out.}

Clip curve.  Turn RIGHT side out.  Repeat same process for lining pieces.

Assemble the bucket:

Take the double sided fusible interfacing pieces and place them into the exterior of the bucket.

Then place the lining into the bucket.

Press on all sides (exterior and lining and bottom) of the bucket to fuse in place.  Set aside.

Make the handle bar attachment:

Take the 11.5″ tall by 6″ wide piece and fuse on a piece of medium weight interfacing.

Fold in half lengthwise RIGHT sides together.  Sew along all open sides leaving a 2″ opening in the bottom for turning.  Clip corners, turn right side out.

Topstitch around entire piece.

Now take one side of the velcro, sew into place along one of the short edges.

Take the remaining piece of velcro and sew into place on the other end and opposite side you just sewed the first piece of velcro on (as pictured above).

**Now here is where you could do it differently, I sewed this handle bar attachment onto the bucket on this next step, but you could also hold off and sew it on as the very last step, your choice.

Sew attachment to bucket:

Pin the handle bar attachment to the bucket about 2-3″ from the top.  Sew two straight lines completely across the attachment piece about 3/4″ apart.

Finishing with the binding:

Now take the binding strip and press it in half lengthwise, open, and press raw edges to the center.  If you’ve ever done quilt binding, we’re going to finish this the same way.

Unfold the binding strip, pin in place aligning raw edges at the back (center) of the bucket.  Start sewing along the crease towards the edge of the bucket (where red arrow is pointing) and continue around to the other edge.

It should look like this now:

Trim the binding piece so that they overlap by 1/2″ (see tiny red arrows above).

Now grab the bucket and give it a squish and place the binding ‘tails’ RIGHT sides together.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Now un-squish the bucket and sew the remaining part of the binding closed, again along the crease.

Flip the binding over the top and in towards the lining.  Topstitch along exterior close to the seam.  Press!!!

That’s it, one complete bicycle bucket ready for a trip to the park. Have fun!

Don’t forget about the boys!!

Just wanted to add that if you’re looking into different bike basket options, Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home has a couple cute tutorials as well:  Vintage Inspired or her Boy’s Basket.


135 Responses to bicycle bucket tutorial

  1. Beth 06.03.2010 at 7:35 am #

    This is so fresh – I’m about to make some for my kids who will FREAK out over the coolness!!! They have wanted baskets for a while and I am so CHEAP I haven’t bought any. Good b-day gift idea, too. Off to get velcro!

  2. Jenny 06.03.2010 at 7:42 am #

    Brilliant Anna!!! Perfect for Abby’s bike!

  3. Jeannie 06.03.2010 at 7:49 am #

    That is just super cute!!!

  4. Ady 06.03.2010 at 7:51 am #

    Cool!! What a terrific make. I adore that owl fabric.

  5. Marion 06.03.2010 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks, I Love it

  6. Marion 06.03.2010 at 8:18 am #

    Sorry I foget something *smile*
    Many greats from Germany

  7. Amber 06.03.2010 at 8:19 am #

    Great tutorial! My daughter is a little young still, but I will definately make one for her someday!

  8. Kelly 06.03.2010 at 8:25 am #

    You’re awesome!! This is next on my to-do list for my daughter’s Strider! Everytime she rides I wind up with handfuls of odds and ends from outside (gum tree balls, pinecones, etc) or else she ends up riding one handed (yikes!!) while trying to hold something! I had been putting it off though because I didn’t want to try to figure out a pattern – now I don’t have to!! Thanks so much!

  9. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar 06.03.2010 at 8:42 am #

    Nice work, Anna! Your sewing always looks flawless!

    PS – Hope you can find your name patches!

  10. sue niven 06.03.2010 at 8:55 am #

    I just love it!! I would like one for my bike, but first i have to get a bike!
    It is just wonderful, well done.

  11. Valerie 06.03.2010 at 9:07 am #

    I’m thinking laminated fabric or fuse-on vinyl might be just the ticket for this project — we’re in the Great Lakes region and it rains plenty during the summer around here. I can just imagine the basket being “forgotten” outside a time or two. *grin*

  12. Jenny Garland 06.03.2010 at 9:24 am #

    Adorable! Must make one for my 4 year old!! :)

  13. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife 06.03.2010 at 9:25 am #

    WOW! My mom is buying my son a tricycle for his 3rd birthday… Now I have another little gift I can make him! this is seriously cute!

  14. ificould 06.03.2010 at 9:32 am #

    Honestly so cute. I’m extremely impressed by your sewing skills.

  15. Leslie 06.03.2010 at 9:35 am #

    i am loving this…my daughter has been wanting a basket and this might just do the trick!!! what kind of interfacing did you use for the body of the basket?

  16. Molly @ The Creative Maven 06.03.2010 at 10:21 am #

    So cute! I love the owl fabric that you used.

  17. Melissa 06.03.2010 at 10:23 am #

    Doncha love when hubbies ‘insist’ we make things. :)

  18. Vanessa 06.03.2010 at 10:27 am #

    That is really cool! Wish I’d had one when I was a kid. Might have to make a mini one for Syd’s trike. Thanks!

  19. Chris 06.03.2010 at 10:43 am #

    Dang, Anna. What a fun thing to do for summertime. Thanks for yet another great idea.

  20. marnae 06.03.2010 at 10:47 am #

    What a great idea! We have lots of bikes that would love a little handle-bar basket. My son having a bike rodeo themed party, and I just may have to make some. I love all your ideas, in fact I just made a zaaka inspired pouch for a birthday gift this week. And all those great kitchen ideas are on my long, long to-do list. Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial for this.

  21. AllieKatMom 06.03.2010 at 10:54 am #

    This is so cute!

  22. jess 06.03.2010 at 11:00 am #

    Awesome!! love it Anna!

  23. Christie 06.03.2010 at 11:20 am #

    That’s darling, and easier than mine without the wire! I’ve been needing to try and re-work my tutorial for my fabric bike basket. Love the fabric you used!

  24. Stephanie 06.03.2010 at 11:34 am #

    I love this! My little guy isn’t a bike rider yet, but I’ll keep this in mind for when he’s older.

  25. Jenna 06.03.2010 at 11:51 am #

    adorable. what a great birthday present too! i love that polka dot fabric, do you know what it is? thanks for the great tutorial!

  26. dana 06.03.2010 at 12:18 pm #

    you are such a busy lady!
    GREAT basket. Very cool. Love it!

  27. CraftCrave 06.03.2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  28. Elīna 06.03.2010 at 2:07 pm #

    the fabric is sooo lovely!!

  29. Dahlia 06.03.2010 at 2:34 pm #

    What a great idea! And I love that Dan’s on board with you making things vs buying them (they always turn out much cuter anyhow!).

  30. 4kids 06.03.2010 at 3:57 pm #

    That is so cute!! I need to make a couple for my girls!! Love the owl fabric….where did you get it? Thanks for sharing!

  31. Jennifer 06.03.2010 at 7:07 pm #

    I’ll have to make one of these for my oldest – her bike is basket-less =) Must remedy that.

  32. Jaimie 06.03.2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Aw! That’s great and great to have a supportive hubby too!

  33. Nicole 06.03.2010 at 8:31 pm #

    love, love, love it! great blog, by the way.

  34. Wendy 06.04.2010 at 2:24 am #

    You make it look so easy, Anna!

  35. Claudia 06.04.2010 at 3:25 am #

    Everytime I come to your blog I find you have had a new phantastic idea. I am simply smitten! What a fabulous idea. Love this little project. Thanks for sharing. Greetings from Germany

  36. sneezerville 06.04.2010 at 7:33 am #

    very cute. too bad my kids won’t get near a bike. i know, i know they are crazy. but we live in the country and people drive on the roads like maniacs. they are just afraid. i don’t blame, not for sure i want them on the road.

  37. sewtakeahike 06.04.2010 at 7:55 am #

    Anna this is the bomb! I seriously need one for my bike, with my name and everything. Thanks again for taking the time to make these wonderful tuts. My BF’s daughter is turning 7 in a few weeks, this’ll make the perfect gift for her!

  38. Jessabells 06.04.2010 at 8:30 am #

    Wow, great idea.

  39. Betty J Pagley 06.04.2010 at 9:38 am #

    Love it!

  40. jan ~ tomatobaby 06.04.2010 at 12:09 pm #

    This has to be the cutest thing ever
    {but then I REALLY like the owl fabric} …
    think I know some little ones that would
    just L.O.V.E. to have this little
    accessory for their bikes.

    Great tutorial and thanks for sharing! ~j.

  41. Delia 06.04.2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I LOVE this. I am totally going to make one for my boys! I am also going to feature you today! Thank yoU!

  42. alayne 06.04.2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Oh man!! That is sooo cool. My son just asked for a bike basket this year. I’ll just have to make him one. Thanks!!!!

  43. henny 06.04.2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Very cute!!
    I’ve ever made kind of bag like this for my kid’s bike last year but not as cute as this :)

  44. inday_adin 06.04.2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I think yours is better than the ones that you can buy at the store. He was right about making your own. My husband is like the same way, he would just tell me to make something instead of buying it. LOL! I love it! :)

  45. Sachiko 06.04.2010 at 6:23 pm #

    This is one great tutorial! Thank you for linking to my link party, Anna! Your work is always so perfect and flawless too.

  46. Michelle 06.04.2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Oh I love this. I’m going to link it on my site. Then I’m going to make one and hope it comes out as cute as yours!

  47. Farmgirl Paints 06.04.2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Super cute…great tutorial!!!

  48. Donna and Joe 06.04.2010 at 6:54 pm #

    So very cute. I can also see a few of these with loops sewn on back hanging from a row of hooks. Would be cute storage for small items in a toy or craft room.

  49. Kristy 06.04.2010 at 7:11 pm #

    This is too cute! Can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing!!! :)

  50. figgys 06.05.2010 at 2:00 am #

    Super Tutorial! Thank you!

  51. Jude 06.05.2010 at 7:08 am #

    You are so clever! This is an inspiration – and I’ll bet your little one loves it. It’s raining here on Cape Cod today, and your post makes me think that the perfect way to spend Saturday is up in the sewing room….
    xxxs and ooos from Cape Cod
    Jude at

  52. Jennifer 06.05.2010 at 9:42 am #

    Thank you so much! I am adding this to my summer to-do list for my 6 1/2 year old daughter!

  53. happy zombie 06.05.2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Soooo cute and so clever!

  54. Jacqui 06.06.2010 at 5:15 am #

    What perfect timing! We’re about to get Hazel a larger bike and I was half-way through saying to my husband “and we need to get a better bicycle pump and bell and maybe a…oh wait, I saw a tutorial for one yesterday so never mind!” Of course, Mat’d tell me to buy it instead of making it because he knows what my ‘to do list’ is like!

  55. Ady 06.06.2010 at 6:42 am #

    I just made one for my little girl’s bike and she loves it! It’s here and now my son wants one too so I’m off to make a second one. Thanks so much!

  56. sweetjeanette 06.06.2010 at 6:01 pm #

    This is so great! I loved your gathered clutch too and made one this weekend!!! I linked back to you… Come see it here!

  57. One Flew Over 06.07.2010 at 3:35 am #

    Fantastic! You are such a clever cookie!! Thanks for the tut xx

  58. Deanna 06.07.2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Oh yours is so cute! I have had a bicycle basket cut out and partially sewn for a month now. Now I’m inspired to finish it up! :)

  59. alissa 06.07.2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Major cuteness overload – Your baskets are adorable!!! I wish I had a little girl to make this for – I am going to have to come up with someone because these are just too great.

  60. Monika 06.08.2010 at 11:59 am #

    Wow fantastic. Thanks for posting yet another great tute.