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Bike Seat Cover

Added Oct 13, 2012

by froggypondd

Hamilton, New Ze...






Where I live, it rains, a lot. There’s nothing worse than coming out of a lecture and finding my bike seat sopping wet. I usually bring a plastic bag with me, but sometimes I forget, sometimes it rips…

I had this vinyl lying around and I had no idea what I’d ever use it for (it came in a big box of second hand material I got). I did made sure I used the biggest needle I have as well as the best thread. Interestingly, my machine sewed the vinyl better than it sews most cottons and polyesters…

To make the pattern, I just ran out in the rain to my bike armed with some baking paper and a vivid and traced around the top. I then just measured around the outside of my pattern and made a 4 inch border to make the sides. I then sewed it all together (no problems – surprisingly), found some elastic in my sewing box, and simply stretched that as I sewed in around the bottom.

A million times easier that I thought it would be!




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Dec 6, 2013, 12.45 AMby brianac18

    Thanks for sharing. I was thinking of making a few of these as holiday gifts. Unfortunately, I’m not a bike enthusiast and don’t really know how much seat size varies. (Though, I do know none of my bike-riding friends use of those big wide old-school seats.) I’m wondering if I can trace one and leave the pattern a bit loose would it work as a one-size fits all. Any input from bikers would be appreciated. If I ask my bike friends it’ll spoil the surprise.

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      Apr 1, 2014, 11.16 PMby froggypondd

      Sorry for the late reply! I think they’re mostly all the same size. Mine actually got stolen! Bike seat cover and all, and the replacement one I got was pretty much exactly the same size. I ended up finding the stolen one and the cover fitted nicely on both :)

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      Apr 8, 2014, 12.56 AMby brianac18

      No Worries! I ended up going over to a full bike rake with a tape measure. I’m sure onlookers thought I was crazy. :) I made five covers with iron-on laminate and cotton. They worked out very well! Thanks for the instructions!

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    Oct 14, 2012, 05.24 PMby Lauren Ha

    I live in the Netherlands & I think should make a few of these. Thanks for sharing the one you made, I never thought about making my own! And for the summer you could make cute patterned ones too : )

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    Oct 13, 2012, 08.47 PMby rshelly13

    I thought about doing this as well. I live in Portland, Oregon and we get a lot of rain. I recently made a seat cover for a vintage bike but it is just for looks and not function. Hearing that it was easy to sew with vinyl may inspire me to make a cover as well.

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