bikes wearing grocery bags as rain covers, and definitely tops sitting
on a squishy-just-been-rained-on seat. A perfect gift for the
commuting cyclist, the bike enthusiast, or just someone who you know
would love their bike to look that much more pretty.
1 yard oilcloth, or other waterproof material
1 17-inch length of 1/4" wide elastic
1 spool matching thread
1 safety pin
a pen, pencil, or tailor's chalk
any other embellishments you want to add (embroidery floss, patches, etc).
(note: this tutorial was also featured in Venus Magazine's December 2006 Issue)
(also note: this is an entry in the Etsy & Instructables Sew Userful Contest. You can see my etsy listing over here)
Step 1: Creating the Seat Template
tracing paper - this will serve as the template for the top of your
rain cover. You don't want this to be an exact tracing of the top, but
more of an outline. It helps if you try to keep at least a little
symmetry on both sides of the seat.
Step 2: Expand your Template
the way around (and smooth lines where necessary to make the outline a
little bit more 'bike-seaty' - everybody knows it's hard to trace 3-d
Step 3: Cutting your Waterproof Material
1/4") and outline the pattern onto the vinyl (or other waterproof
material you are using) using a pen or pencil (or tailor's chalk if
you want to get really fancy). At the same time, mark off a 34" X 4.5"
rectangular strip on the vinyl as well. This will be the base of your
cover. Once marked, cut out both pieces using scissors or a rotary cutter.