Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bicycle Panniers Tutorial

I just finished my first, in depth tutorial. Whew! It is a tutorial on how to make a pair of cute panniers for your bicycle. For those of you who've never heard of a pannier, think of saddlebags for your bicycle.

The bicycle rack pictured here is approximately 17" long by 5.5" wide, which may be larger than most rear bicycle racks. It is an Electra Cruiser alloy rear rack and can be purchased here, if you think that you would like to purchase one for your bike.

Unfortunately, if you already have a rear rack, it is probably smaller than this one. Yours may be around 14" long by 5" wide, with a sort of curved part on it. This seems to be what the generic bike rack looks like. Here are some pics of what the bags look like on one of these smaller racks.

If you have a smaller rear rack, you will probably need to tweak the pattern a little bit to fit your rack. The finished bags are each approximately 13" tall by 4" wide. The finished piece that connects the two bags to the rack measures approximately 19" long (including the flap that holds onto the curved part of the rack) by 6" wide.

Also, please note from my pictures that the bags look a little floppy. This is because I didn't use any interfacing for these bags. I suggest using a heavyweight stabilizer like Peltex #70 or something close in sturdiness. This should help prevent the bags from rubbing against the wheel as you take your pretty new bags for a spin.

Feel free to use my tutorial to create your own panniers, but please do not use my tutorial for commercial use such as making and selling the bags on Etsy or elsewhere.

Get the pannier tutorial here.

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  1. Great tutorial! I love the apple print you used! I'd love for you to share this on my new link party:


  2. Practical & cute. I love the apple fabric you used too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  3. Very cute! I love the fabric. I have never heard the word panniers. :)


  4. Thanks a lot for this fabulous tutorial :D I just finished my bicycle panniers with your tutorial :) Have a good day & thanks a lot again !!! :)

  5. Hello!
    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog ( Each November we post a series of tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, shop features and giveaways every day. Our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series consists of a great assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun and handmade.

    We'd like to use one picture from this tutorial. We will not publish your tutorial- just use one photo, a link to directly to your site and give you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission. If you'd like to learn more about Handmade Holidays please see this compilation post from 2011:
    Please let me know via email (, and also feel free to include any relevant information you'd like me to post with the tutorial link.

    We look forward to hearing from you,

  6. Great blog sharing about bicycle panniers bags. Crucial and essential accessories. When you go a bike trip it is help to your caring other things. Healthy blog sharing.