Mood DIY: Embossed Vinyl Bike Satchel

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Lee Norris

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Have you noticed a trend with the last couple blog posts? It's bikes! Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day, and we're not just celebrating with bicycle prints, but accessories as well!

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For this versatile roll-up pouch, I used Mood's brand new Bourbon Floral Embossed Vinyl and lined it with an olive colored organic cotton twill. The pattern pieces are incredibly simple: just a 15" square with a 1" addition for the front flap, and two 4" circles.

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I lined the pieces first, so a little pop of green shows between the seams on the side. This meant sewing the vinyl to the twill with right sides together and flipping it out through a small opening. To close the openings for the sides, I made the top of the circles flat and top-stitched. I then lined up the flat part of each circle to the bottom of the main pouch panel and sewed them together around the circle, until I hit the flat edge again. The flat edge then becomes the opening of the pouch, like you see below.

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Once the bag part of the pouch was done, it was time for the ties. I decided to make them out of the twill, to add some contrast, and 4 gold buckles. The two straps attached to the front are about 20" long, so they can wrap the bottom and top of the satchel, before fastening with the buckle.

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The straps on top are for attaching the bag to the bike. These are a little thinner and only about 7" long.

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I sewed mine directly on the top of the flap, in line with the front straps, so they loop through each other when they're both closed.

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All in all, it was a quick and useful DIY, and it holds a surprising about of stuff! It's great for phones, keys, notepads, a water bottle - anything you might need when you're biking to work tomorrow!

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The best part is, it's detachable. So you could fit it onto your handlebars, behind your seat, or even on the frame. Plus, you can easily attach a shoulder strap and take it with you on the go!

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Special thanks to TCO Shop for letting me showcase this DIY on one of their beautiful electric bikes! Look how gorgeous it is!

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