If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I love my bicycle. It’s a men’s beach cruiser that I bought secondhand because I wasn’t sure if I’d use it much. Turns out I use it a more than I thought I would! Chris and I bike on the Hawthorne Trail once or twice a week when we are on a roll. A couple of friends often join us, and that makes it even more fun. I’m no racer, and I don’t usually average more than five miles, but I do enjoy getting out and getting some good, clean exercise. It helps that the trail is a beautiful area with lots of trees and the occasional deer or sandhill crane (Have you seen one of those on the ground? They are HUGE!).
As you can see, I’ve decked Neil (I name most every object that I own.) out pretty well with a fancy basket and a happy brass bell. But he just needed… more. Not really more bling, but something more happy. Something girly. He needed a basket liner!
I had some good ideas, but I wanted someone else’s perspective as well. I found a great tutorial at Ruffled Sunshine that I used as a template. Here’s a note if you want to make a basket liner: Make the liner in two pieces like Ruffled Sunshine does. I made one big trapezoid instead of two, and it doesn’t fit nearly as well as hers does. I added pockets all around one side of the liner, as well as little loops for my key fob, and two fabric-covered elastic bands to hold water bottles.
It turned out great! I love it! But then I realized my little basket needed even *more*. Just a little more. A flower? A string of pennants? A yo-yo! Miss Sews-It-All makes a yo-yo that fit the bill perfectly. I happened to have some coordinating fabric in my stash, and whipped up three adorable yo-yos on wire stems.
Then I wired them directly to the front of my bike basket. Cute as a button! I can’t wait to get my bike back on the trail and show it off!