Learn how to make this easy Ready-to-Roll Bike Pouch, perfect for the whole family (the kids will all want one too!). Find more from Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy and in her introduction. Let us know if you make a Bike Pouch for summer rides!…

I recently bought a new bike to go out on leisurely rides with my family. Every time we would go out, I would carry my keys, cell phone and other little items I might need for our little mile or two jaunt. The whole time my keys would be stabbing me in the leg and I was worried that my cell phone would fall out of my pocket. Who wants to carry a purse while taking a short ride? Not I! So to save myself an ER visit from a key embedded in my leg, I made a little bike pouch for all the essentials.

It is a simple pouch that you can strap to your handle bars with Velcro and requires very little supplies or time.

Materials:

  • 2 – 10″x7″ rectangles of your main fabric – this will be the outside of your pouch
  • 2 – 10″x7 1/2″ rectangles of your coordinating fabric – inside of your pouch
  • 2 – 10″x7″ rectangles of your favorite batting
  • 2 – 4″x9″ rectangles for straps
  • 2 – 3″ long strips of sew on Velcro – mine was 3/4″ wide
  • 1 – 6 1/2″ long strip of sew on Velcro for interior closure
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Note: All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.

1. Cut out your fabric to the above sizes.

2. Baste the Main Fabric to the batting using 1/4″ seam allowance around. Do this to both the Main Fabric rectangles.

3. Match right sides together. Sew both 7″ sides and a 10″ side. Leaving the top open.

4. Pinch the corners, so that the bottom seam and the side seam are together.

Sew a straight stitch 1/2″ from the point. Do this for both corners. Clip corners.

That leaves you with a nice little squared corner.

5. Follow Step 3 for the coordinating fabric.

6. Then repeat Step Four.

7. Match right sides together of the main fabric and the coordinating fabric. Then pin, matching all the seams together.

8. Sew around leaving about a 3″ opening in the top so you can turn it right side out.

9. Turn right side out. Because the coordinating interior fabric was longer you have a nice little border at the top of your pouch.

10. Pin the 3″ opening that your turned through closed and sew around the edge of the fabric.

11. Center the Velcro on each side of the opening. Pin and sew in place.

12. For the straps: Fold each in half right side facing. Sew on the top and along the side at 1/4″ seam allowance leaving the bottom open to turn. Clip the corners of the strap.

13. Turn the strap right side out, tuck the raw edge on the strap in and sew shut 1/4″ or less.

14. Find the center of the straps. Sew the Velcro in place on opposite sides and ends of the each strap. Sew around the Velcro close to the edge. Do this for both straps.

15. Pin the straps to the pouch 1 1/2″ from side seam. Line up the center of the strap to where both fabrics meet.

16. Sew the strap in place.

And now you are finished and ready to enjoy a nice little ride! You can make one for guys, girls and kiddos.

Attach to your bicycle and you’re ready to roll!

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