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Old 06-07-12, 08:48 PM   #1
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Froggy's Bicycle Crafts

I thought I'd start a thread that I could update with new crafty things I do related to bicycling, rather than post several different threads each time.

So far:
Streamers.


Covered Bicycle Helmet


Coming soon: panniers!
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Old 06-07-12, 08:55 PM   #2
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That helmet is so not me. Neither are the tassels, but I do like them.
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Haha, thanks.
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Ha. I like the helmet. It reminds me of this.

I wouldn't wear it though.
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Wow! That is really cool, I love customized things like that- it really gives you a sense of the kind of person that owns them and looks really awesome too.

Today was laundry day, so no sewing or anything. I might be taking a break for a few days- I made a skirt in addition to that helmet, all right after finishing a massive project for my husband: a jacket with seventeen pockets with a pattern I had to create myself using only photos and some measurements of a model in size medium (he is a 2XLT). My fingers are SORE from all that pinning.

So, today I felt like coloring. But I have no coloring book. I've also wanted a picture of a frog on a bike for a while now. She had to have long hair too, since I also visit the Long Hair Community forums. So I drew one! This is no small feat for me- sometimes I sit down to draw something and I simply can't produce anything like what I see in my head. Today was apparently a good day. (I traced the bicycle)

Ta Dah!
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Today I created one pannier!
Only one, because I ran out of supplies (snaps and ribbon) to make the second one.



Here are a couple photos, but please click HERE to see my blog post with more pictures of the details.
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I love it all!

I hope you post some other projects when the opportunity presents itself.
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If your creations help others to enjoy bike riding, I'm all for them.

Helmet covers can be useful, too, if they either permit ventillation or, in colder weather, stop air flow. The fabric print choice would need to have some solids and maybe a classic longitudinal center stripe...

Your bags are cute - do you have any user feedback on their durability?

Most bike stuff gets very, very worn, dirty, wet, abraded, and smelly. Do you treat the fabric with anything for water or stain resistance? How are they cleaned? Do you have gusseting or leather reinforcement at the key joints, mounting points?
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Helmet covers can be useful, too, if they either permit ventillation or, in colder weather, stop air flow. The fabric print choice would need to have some solids and maybe a classic longitudinal center stripe...
Mine is permanent The helmet was very cheap ($13 for a set with knee, elbow and wrist pads), but came in a silly baby blue color that I hated. I fixed it. I'm debating on adding the other ventilation holes. I'm worried that the edges with fray, and it was a pain to get the fabric properly glued around the edge of the rear holes.

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Your bags are cute - do you have any user feedback on their durability?
As for durability- it doesn't FEEL very durable. I'm worried that over time my ribbons will pull out from stress of having weight on them, but they are all that I had to work with as far as straps go. I will let you know! I don't plan to stop commuting by bike if I can help it. Wwithout a crate strapped to the rack, that pannier will be forced into use!

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Most bike stuff gets very, very worn, dirty, wet, abraded, and smelly. Do you treat the fabric with anything for water or stain resistance? How are they cleaned? Do you have gusseting or leather reinforcement at the key joints, mounting points?
That was my first-ever attempt at a pannier, Phil_gretz. I'm sure I'll find out the hard way about all the things you've mentioned! If you or anyone else would like to chime in with loved features of your own, I'll keep the ideas handy for my next project. I do NOT guarantee any sort of timeline, however. Sewing is a hobby at the moment.

I did not treat the outside layer of fabric, but the interior lining is Babyville Boutique waterproof breathable PUL (polyurethane laminated) fabric. I've never used it before, but I'm trusting that it should be able to keep the contents relatively dry. At the same time, if I have to stuff sweaty bike clothes into the bag, the outside is protected from the moisture or smell. But it is easy to clean.

I can throw the entire pannier into a machine machine if it gets dirty. Actually, I need to throw them into a dryer now in order to seal the seamlines for waterproofing. Babyville Boutique's website says I can do this by putting it into a hot dryer for 20 minutes, but for common washing I will likely line-dry the bag to reduce wear and tear.

I did not gusset any seams. I am an amateur seamstress and had honestly never heard the term before. I did double-stitch most of the seams. I'm worried that the ribbons will be the weak link as far as weight-bearing stresses go, but that is all I had to attach the bag with. There are five to help spread out the load. My next bag will probably be more user-friendly in that it would be easy to remove from the bike to use as a grocery bag or something, and probably include smaller outer pockets. I like the roll-up feature for general cuteness and crosswind resistance when not in use.

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I hope you post some other projects when the opportunity presents itself.


I will! Thanks very much for looking, and your comments!
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If I'm lucky, I'll remember to take a picture of bracelets I'm making with cleaned/disassembled bike chain.
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New stuff! Actually, I made these a little while ago and am just now getting around to sharing here, sorry.

For some strange reason I wanted a cushion on the top of my rack. You know, for passenger comfort or something I guess. While the usefulness of this item escapes me, it came out really well. Perhaps someone with a child small enough to regularly sit back there would appreciate this.

As you can see, the fabric is bright and not faded yet. Over time it lightens considerably. Ribbons to attach it again, lacking other options. The top has several layers of a fleecy blanket for cushion, a layer of Babyville Boutique scrap fabric under there to keep it from soaking up water, and then the outer fabric you see. It was secured to plywood with a staple gun (I made sure to smooth out the staple teeth so you won't sit on one, ouch) and then the bottom fabric was hand-stitched all around.

I also got fed up with leaving the saddle bag down all the time just because I had no better place to keep my multi-tool, so:

A tool bag! I had a lapse in brain function while creating this one- that zipper is on the wrong side! Good thing I don't need to get my tools or a patch kit very often. Next time one of these will have batting to create a quilted thicker fabric, or perhaps I'll insert some sort of shaping panels in there- it's rather formless. The pink ribbons are securing this creation. I also need to move it slightly further back, you can see that it's a little bit squished by the fender. The bag must have turned out slightly larger than planned measurements.

The bike overall. I moved the saddle bag to the right side so it's prettier for pictures, no other reason.


Now, the bag can roll up unless I need it to carry something
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OH!

And I was tired of getting rained on. I made a rain cape! The pattern is McCall's M6446, and the fabric is (you guessed it!) Babyville Boutique waterproof breathable PUL fabric. I barely had enough to do the cape, but that takes care of the leftovers. I decided it made better sense to use it this way than to create another saddle bag with it.



The cape is as yet unfinished- there is an issue with the front being buttoned in regards to true water-proofing for a cyclist. I plan to fix that eventually and have purchased a waterproof zipper to do so. Buttons will then likely be a simple fashion element rather than functional. The front arm slits will get zippers too to keep them closed while on a bike. Those should open from the inside and will probably be invisible so they look nice when closed. The collar needs to be stitched down as recommended by the pattern so it doesn't flip up like that. Also, I want to get reflective striping to add as an accent not only in the obvious visible places, but also around the hems most likely. Loops need to be added for my hands so I don't have to pay attention to hold it in place over my arms.
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Froggy,
I love that you have this thread, and I took a glance at your blog. Your halloween costume is ADORABLE. I made a frog costume for Halloween once, but it was, umm, a dissected frog. (Sorry!) The front of it closed with velcro and it had interior organs attached with velcro inside. Wish I had a photo of it!
But it was a whole lot less cute than yours!
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I'll bet it was more ghoulishly appropriate for a Halloween party, though! Very cool.
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