DIY Bike Basket Bunting

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

I am SUPER excited about this tutorial for DIY Bike Basket Bunting. A lovely Twitter friend pointed out this week, that most of my likes revolve around the letter B. Bicycles, Biscuits, Baking, Buttons…….this blog post continues that theme I suppose!

Begin by measuring the outer sides of your bicycle basket to determine the length of your bunting and how many flags you would like.

I started with a bunting flag template cut out of cardboard. I’ve been meaning to buy some perspex templates, but I haven’t got around to it yet. The template is smaller than ‘standard’ bunting, but you can choose the size depending on your basket size.

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

The fabrics I chose for my bunting were from the wonderful online fabric store Sew La La. It is run by the equally wonderful Kath, who offers impeccable service for every order, no matter how big or small. Make sure to check the shop out and say hi to Kath!

I stacked the fabrics on top of one another to make cutting out much quicker.

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

Using a rotary cutter, mat, steel ruler and template, I cut out 4 triangles of each fabric. This tutorial from the Purl BeeΒ on using a rotary cutter may be useful if you haven’t used one before. However, you can also use a pair of fabric scissors to cut out the bunting flags.DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

Match the triangles together to make two flags in each pattern. Pin the flags together with right sides facing.

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

Stitch along the diagonal edges of each flag with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim back the point of each flag to allow a clean triangle when turning out. TIP: I used my small scissors to push the end of the triangle out.DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

Once all flags are turned out, press them with a steam iron. Using bias tape of your choice, arrange the flags at equal distance, fold the tape over and pin into place. Then stitch along the top of the bias tape to secure the flags in place.DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

You are now ready to attach the bunting to your bicycle basket. I used clear nylon thread to stitch through the bias tape and in to the gaps of the wicker. This helped to hold the bunting in place to prevent it from slipping down the basket.

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

Stand back and admire! Now I’m hoping the British summer rain holds off so my bunting can remain in tact! What do you think?

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

claireabelle x

You can also find this post at Shabby Art BoutiqueΒ and Pin Cushion Creations!

57 thoughts on “DIY Bike Basket Bunting

  1. sue says:

    Love your bike bunting, so pretty. I have crochet bunting on my basket…………..oops no I did have crochet bunting on it until some hideous thief stole my bike. Got the bike back hooray but not the bunting so currently it’s decorated with lovely crochet flowers! Might have a go at your pattern though looks really good!

  2. SoStacySews says:

    Beautiful Claire – you’ve inspired me to give fabric bunting a try this afternoon! I don’t have a bike, or a bike basket, so I’m going to use it to decorate the fireplace instead :o) xx

  3. skye says:

    this is a great diy, love it!! my bike is looking pretty sorry for itself at the moment (darn rain!) so maybe i should think about making a little present x

  4. knitnrun4sanity says:

    I too love this. I do think that you should not make your bike look too attractive however. Just thought that I should attach some to the car so we can find it when parked in huge fields!!!

  5. raphaele42 says:

    Really pretty, now you make me want a bike plus a basket plus bunting. Do you plan to keep it here over the winter, or maybe make a christmassy one instead?

  6. wpmassey says:

    Bunting on a bike basket – who’d have though it would work so superbly well? It is just gorgeous. Don’t hold out much hope for the weather though – here’s to an Indian summer! πŸ™‚

  7. CatkinJane says:

    Lovely idea. Too many hills around here for proper bikes with baskets – bikes around here are all occupied by lycra clad people (think Lizzie Armitsted and her Olympic medal). Though some of them may look a bit better with bunting!
    Still trying to rise to your challenge and think of something different to do with bunting πŸ™‚

  8. carrie says:

    There’s something about bunting that flicks my ‘thrill’ switch. I can’t ignor the allure! Village fetes, sports day at school, the queens silver jubilie (1977) and a thousand Sunday events which were made brighter by bunting- have created an auto-response from the mere sight of a flicker of bunting…fills me with childlike excitement. Thanks bunting.

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