One might assume I have enough "built-in" padding to prevent a sore butt when biking. Nope. Also, I could stand to have a layer between me and the seat and my sweat. Why not make a bicycle seat cover?
Skill Level: EASY
Step 1: What you will need
Roll of wrapping or butcher paper
Ruler or yardstick
1 yard woven cotton fabric (pre-washed and pre-shrunk)
1/2 yard cotton or polyester batting
Iron and ironing board
1 yard 3/8" wide ribbon
Step 2: Measure the bike seat
Take your measuring tape and get the following measurements from your bike seat:
1- Length of seat from bottom lip to bottom lip (view A)
2- Width of seat at narrowest point, from bottom lip to bottom lip (view B)
3- Width of seat at midpoint, from bottom lip to bottom lip (view C)
4- Width of seat at widest point, from bottom lip to bottom lip (view D)
Also take note of approximately where measurements 2, 3 and 4 intersect with measurement 1.
Step 3: Draw and cut your pattern
Using your measurements from the previous step, draw the basic outline of the seat on the backside of your wrapping paper (I use the kind with a grid on the back, it really helps- view A). I started with a vertical line in the center (measurement 1), then added the widths appropriately (view B). Round edges to the curve of the seat (view C). Add 1/2" seam allowance to edges (view D). Use your paper scissors to cut out the pattern.
Step 4: Cut your fabric pieces
Grab your measuring tape again and use it to measure the "circumference" of the bike seat pattern. Mine came out to 44". That just happens to be the width of my fabric, so I totally lucked out. Next, cut a rectangle of fabric as wide as the distance around the bike seat pattern, and 5" long (view A).
Now fold your fabric in half such that printed sides are out and wrong sides are touching. Pin your pattern to the fabric (view B) and cut out two bike seat pieces (view C).