Cycling Musette Featured in Bicycling Magazine

Klum House Workshop's cycling musette bag, with original design and instructions by Ellie Lum, was featured in Bicycling Magazine! Check out the step-by-step instructions below, and head over to Bicycling Magazine to check out the full post, which also includes a great video tutorial. This classic cycling feed back is often spotted during the Tour De France, but it's great for carrying your snacks around PDX too!

You can also come by Klum House Workshop and make one of these handy bags with Ellie in person! Sign up for the upcoming WAXED CANVAS CYCLING MUSETTE + SEWING MACHINE 101 workshop on Sunday, May 28, 1 - 4 PM

In this 3-hour-workshop, we will cover the basic in's and out's of your sewing machine and make a packable + utilitarian waxed canvas cycling musette with a snap closure and a waist/sternum strap for anti-sway. This class is perfect for the cyclist who wants to learn how to sew while making functional gear they can use on their bike. 

 
 

Cycling Musette Instructions

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials 

Cut a 28x17-inch piece of fabric. For the strap, measure and cut a 35- to 45-inch (a larger person needs a longer strap) piece of 1- to 1.5-inch-wide cotton, polypro, or nylon webbing.

TIP: Choose a durable fabric such as denim, waxed canvas, or cordura.

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Step 2: Hem the Fabric 

On a short edge, press a double-turn hem toward the wrong side of the fabric (what will end up being the inside of the bag): Fold the edge over 1/2 inch and iron in place, then fold over 1 inch and iron again. Repeat on the other short edge. Sew each hem, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

TIP: The seam allowance is the distance from the edge to your line of stitches.

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Step 3: Sew the Strap 

On the right side of the fabric (what will end up being the outside of the bag), pin each end of the strap 1/2 inch from the top of a short edge so that it’s flush with the sides of the long edges. Sew the ends of the strap into place, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance. 

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Step 4: Sew the Side Seams 

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, so the two top hemmed edges meet. Tuck the strap into the bag so you don’t accidentally sew it into the seams. Pin, then sew, the sides together, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Backstitch (sew in reverse) at the beginning and end of the side seam because these are stress points on the bag. Turn the bag right side out. Voilà!

TIP: Sew a zigzag stitch along the raw edges of the side seams to keep the fabric from fraying.