How To: Make Fab Panniers for Your Bike!

Bicycle-panniers.jpgAbove: make these fab panniers for your next bike trip, using only one metre of fabric!

The Guardian has become a great destination for tips and projects covering all areas of the home-made experience, from expert baking to knitting a blanket for a homeless pooch.

Now they've teamed up with the authors of 101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre (which has appeared in the US under a slightly different moniker) to offer a free pattern for creating bicycle hold-alls, or panniers 

Pannier is just French for 'basket', and these fabric equivalents give you a bit of extra leeway in terms of what you can bring along on your next bike trip. Much better than trying to steer with an overloaded front basket!

jessie_pannier-3035.jpgLeft: Jessie's Bicitoro pannier has loads of capacity, and even comes with a laptop compartment! Intense.

Need even more storage for your next expedition? Jessie at Bicitoro has cooked up a fantastic set of instructions for making a huge pannier - complete with a follow-up post on actually cycling with it! I recommend reading both posts - it's great when crafters 'fess up to let you know what they would do differently (and what they did right!)

Got any great spring craft ideas to share? Please pipe up, in our comments section!

How To: Make Fab Panniers for Your Bike! - Comments

  • Thanks for including my tutorial in your post, I’m really
    flattered! I definitely echo your advice to read both posts--I learned a lot in
    the making of the pannier, and I learned even more in the using of it. I’ve
    been itching to try out other designs for bike bags, and I’m really excited
    about the Guardian pattern.


    Thanks again!


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