Friday, 5 June 2009

Making a musette cycling bag

A while back I decided I would like a traditional cotton cycling musette with Humber written on it and as you can't buy a Humber musette I decided to make my own. The pictures above show the musette in question and the measurements for making your own bag. First of all go to your local fabric store and choose the type of fabric & colour you would like, I chose a natural off white cotton that was strong enough for a bag. Then as you can see from above you will need a rectangle of fabric 510mm long x 300mm wide, if you want to have your bag monogrammed now is the time to take it to your local monogram shop and chose the font style, colour & size etc to be used. Once you have the fabric back from the monogram shop you can then sew it up. As I got someone else to sew it up for me I will try to explain how it is done - first of all iron down the top of each end 25mm and sew it then iron down the sides 10mm and sew them together after that you should have a 280mm wide x 230mm high pocket. Once that is completed you need to attach a button & button hole or a magnetic clasp in the center at the top to keep it closed whilst cycling. The last thing to do is to attach the cotton tape strap which is 1560mm long x 15mm wide this is then attached to the outside of the bag 25mm down from the top and sewed on using a heavy stitch. I've been using this bag quite a lot and it's the perfect size for a camera, wallet, tobacco pipe or anything else you may require whilst out for a ride.


Thom said...

Wow Don, thanks! This is incredibly useful. You've done a real service to the vintage-minded cycling community with this!

Don Speden said...

Hi Thom

No worries, it is quite easy to make a bag like that and even easier if you get someone else to sew it up for you.

Cheers Don

rickrise said...

And if you prefer just to buy a classic musette, I have brokered the manufacture of them in quantity for my friend Chuck Schmidt, who sells them on his Velo-Retro site. You can send him your own graphics to print on them for no extra charge. Not too pricey either.

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