DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

I have decorated my bicycle basket before (see DIY Bike Basket Bunting), but felt it needed an overhaul for the Spring (when it eventually arrives). So today I’m sharing my easy tutorial for a DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket.

You will need:

  • A selection of yarns (I used acrylic)
  • A pom pom maker
  • Scissors
  • String
  • A bicycle basket!

I used the Clover Pom Pom Maker and this You Tube tutorial – they really are super simple and quite therapeutic to make. You can always use the original pom pom making method here if you don’t want to spend money on craft gadgets.

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

Half way through my pom pom making, a helper arrived with a naughty look on her face. She took a liking to the red yarn, promptly unraveled it and innocently sat next to it.

Kitty says no pom pom makey.

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

Anyway, back to the DIY! Once all your pom poms are made up, use the string or yarn you tied them up with to attach to the bicycle basket in a random fashion. G and I thought the colourful poms on my basket looked like buttons on a clown costume.

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

I used a large pom pom maker but you could just as easily make mini pom poms or lots and lots more to completely cover the basket.

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

What do you think? Shall I add more or any different colours? I can’t help but feel it needs an orange pom pom for some reason.

You can read about my love for bicycles here!

claireabelle

Sew Chatty

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 Bee 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 Boutique and Pin Cushion Creations!

Bicycle Love

You cannot turn a corner in Cambridge without a cyclist whizzing by. There are rows and rows of bicycles at the train station and around the market place. There’s something about cycling in this city – it provides escapism and heritage on every street.

Dutch Bike

I love my dutch bike. It’s the perfect way for me to travel around Cambridge and remain eco-friendly, whilst saving a pretty penny on transport costs. All things bicycle themed make me smile. If it includes a pretty basket, then all the better.

I kept seeing great bicycle themed items on Etsy, so I decided to create my first treasury. Have a look and let me know what you think. I think most of these will be making their way onto my wish list!

Bicycle Treasury by claireabellemakes

Do you cycle or have any bicycle themed items to share?

Claire x

A Bicycle Ride & Afternoon Tea

Living in Cambridge gives me every excuse to travel by bicycle. In a city where there are more bikes than cars and the cycle lanes fill up the streets, you could look out of place without a bike.

Dutch Bike

We haven’t had a car for 6 years now, (get us – eco friendly!) so my custom Dutch bike gets me around and ensures I can access all the best places to take tea in the city. This weekend, the boyfriend, the bike and I, took trip along the river to the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, Cambridge.

Many people punt along the river to the historic team rooms, which are surrounded by meadows and beautiful countryside. We took a little walk once we arrived in Grantchester and passed some stunning cottages topped with thatched roofs with pretty gardens infront. Quintessentially English.

English Cottages in Grantchester

Wandering past the idylic meadows, we found gardens and passageways with pretty flowers and trees. How lovely is this classic lamppost and spiralling tree branches?

English Summer Flowers

As we approached the orchard, the clouds gathered over head and we wondered if we would be able to take our tea outside with the rest of the visitors. It was 2pm and the gardens were starting to get busy with tourists.

The orchard was first planted in 1868 and first became a tea garden by chance. A group of Cambridge students began the traditional of taking tea in the orchard in 1897 and The Orchard Tea Garden was born.

Orchard Tea Rooms, Grantchester, Cambridge

We opted for tea and a scone to share. They were GIANT! Clotted cream and jam were a must. We debated whether cream or jam was spread first.

Afternoon Tea

I was slightly disappointed to learn that the tea wasn’t loose leaf, but the queues were rather long, so I forgave them. The scone was utterly delicious and I couldn’t help peeking at other tables with lunch plates and fresh cakes. There were plenty of birds enjoying the orchard with us.

Afternoon Tea

We spent a good two hours in the orchard enjoying our tea and remarking how lucky we are to live in Cambridge. Moments like these make me realise how the traditions, history and beautiful settings confirm we chose the right place to live.

We’ve decided to make a list of all the things we want to enjoy in Cambridge; some touristy, some simple and some magical. I love lists. One of these list items includes a sub list of 5 other places to take tea. I am sure I’ll be sharing these with you in blog posts to come.

Finally, we took a wet cycle home along the river (typical English summer!) and arrived back to this little fluff ball who had wedged herself into the bean bag.

A blog debut for our persian cat Tammy 🙂

Persian Cat Tammy

Where are your favourite places to have tea?

Claire x